Making a Difference Together

From the CEO
Jyl Jurman
Every day, Federation staff and volunteers work tirelessly to develop and support the many organizations that enrich our community. Often, our work is challenged by the question, “How can we better engage our community in order to serve its unmet needs?” Much like the symbiotic relationship between a cloud and a lake, we need water to give back rain so our community can flourish.
 
Last week, I joined 400 other community leaders at Good Morning JFS! to celebrate the work of Jewish Family Services. I was so moved to hear the impact the JFS has on many in our community. I am proud that the Federation partners with JFS by providing funding for many of their efforts, such as housing stipends and emergency funds for those in financial distress.
 
Without a doubt, the impact of Federation dollars can be felt throughout the community. We are delighted to say that we are heightening engagement among our community members through ongoing programs, as well as new initiatives. 
 
Engaging young adults:
 
•  By bringing OneTable to Silicon Valley, we are facilitating meaningful Shabbat dinner experiences for adults in their 20s and 30s. Almost 300 young professionals have already connected over a Friday night dinner, starting a Shabbat tradition of their own.
 
• We funded JFS’s young adult program, YA-LIVE, helping it expand its programs and boost membership by 150%. With strength in numbers, they lead service projects, such as Adopt-A-Family, which eased holiday pressures for those in need.
 
Connecting young families and children:
 
• Through PJ Library, we delivered over 12,000 free Jewish-themed books to children in our area and hosted off-site events to diversity PJ Library offerings and expand its reach.
 
•  This summer,13 children will be able to go to Jewish overnight camps thanks to the scholarships awarded by the Federation. Kids who attend Jewish summer camps enjoy experiences that create a lasting connection to their community, stronger Jewish identity, and lifelong friends.
 
Caring for seniors:
 
 • Federation funded Aging Gracefully, a program at Chai House focused on reducing isolation among its senior residents by connecting them through social programs and interactions.
 
• We provide transportation for seniors in our community, allowing them to participate more fully in Jewish life here on campus and throughout the South Bay.
 
This is just a glimpse into the many initiatives the Jewish Federation proudly supports. And while our Federation works heartily to create an impact, our efforts are only possible with the financial contributions of the community. Please, join us in our work. 
When you make a difference, we all make a difference!

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