By Nancy B. Greer
President & CEO
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle exists to ensure a vibrant and thriving Jewish community, now and in the future. We are here in times of joy and in times of crisis. The pandemic has swept our community, as it has the rest of the world, without leaving any part of Jewish life unscathed.
I am happy to report that your Federation is stepping forward to provide one-time emergency grants to nine Jewish organizations in crisis, locally and in Israel. In normal times, these organizations are effectively self-sustaining and our support is more impactful as an advocate and community services provider. These are not normal times. Many organizations require immediate financial sustaining support. We have stepped up to help.
The Federation, along with an anonymous donor who is matching the Federation grants, will extend $450,000 in immediate aid. We are assisting organizations that are wide-reaching community engagers experiencing financial crisis, agencies whose services are in higher demand to care for our Jewish community’s most vulnerable, and partners in Israel providing humanitarian services to at-risk and food-insecure Israelis. Specifically, we are providing one-time grants to:
- Camp Solomon Schechter
- Hillel at UW
- Leket Israel
- Kline Galland
- Jewish Family Service
- Sephardic Adventure Camp
- Stroum Jewish Community Center
- URJ Camp Kalsman
Rabbi Hillel taught us, “Do not separate yourself from your community.” Now, we ask you to please follow our example and join us as we launch Pledge 5, an initiative that motivates philanthropic fund holders in our community to deepen their investment in Jewish causes by giving 5 percent of the balance of their philanthropic funds, above and beyond their annual giving, to Jewish organizations.
The Federation will always be here to serve our community. It is part of our DNA. We look forward to the future when we can all be together again in person and continue to experience the vibrant and thriving Jewish life of this great region.