Israel & World Jewry - Jewish Federation


The Jewish Federation strengthens ties between Jewish Puget Sound and Israel and overseas Jewish communities in many ways, all made possible by your generous support.

Since our founding in 1928, the Federation has made significant investments in global Jewry. We mobilized the community to rescue and resettle Holocaust survivors in the 1940s, and to help Ethiopian and Russian immigrants in the 1980s and 1990s. Today, we advocate for Israel, invest in services for Jews in need overseas, and foster people-to-people connections. Thanks to YOU, we are making an impact strengthening the bonds of friendship among Jews here at home, in Israel, and around the world. Our current programs include:

  • Israeli Emissaries: We sponsor extended visits by Shinshinim and Shlichim, young Israeli emissaries who bring Israeli life and culture alive for Jewish Puget Sound.
  • Helping Jews in Need Overseas: Through our longstanding partnership with the Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and with direct funding, the Federation supports programs helping Jewish families in Israel and Jewish communities around the world obtain food, healthcare, education, and more.
  • Israel Advocacy: We advocate on behalf of Israel through partnerships, serving as a community voice, and working with the Israeli Consulate in San Francisco.
  • Israel Opportunities for Young Adults: We support life-changing immersive Israel experiences for young adults, including Taglit-Birthright Israel and our newest initiative, Honeymoon Israel.
  • Israel Opportunities for Teens: Federation helps teens deepen their knowledge about and connection with Israel, through Israel Experience scholarships and our newest initiative, the Teen Israel Leadership Institute.
  • Israel-Focused Community Events: The Federation works with Jewish organizations to organize community events that foster strong connections with Israel through educational opportunities, cultural offerings, and people-to-people gatherings. Mark your calendar for the 2019 #NWIsraelFest, April 28 to May 12!
  • Community Trips to Israel: The Federation is looking forward to sponsoring our next Community Trip to Israel in the spring of 2020!
Our Impact


Teen Israel Scholarships awarded in 2018, enabling local youths to go on life-changing trips to Israel.