JFRE proudly granted over $500,000 to 14 deserving initiatives:
JFRE proudly granted nearly $400,000 to six deserving initiatives:
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JFRE proudly granted over $500,000 to 14 deserving initiatives:
Our local Jewish community is fortunate to have among us hundreds of Holocaust Survivors living and thriving. While the Claims Conference pays for home care and chore services, many Survivors live in Northeast Philadelphia row homes desperate for major home repair and modifications such as a new roof, windows, stair glides, plumbing problems and more. We have identified fifteen Survivors who need repairs.
AKIM-Jerusalem provides housing for approximately 90 individuals with intellectual disabilities. This project is for emergency generators. These generators will prevent loss of heat during winter snow and rain storms, and enable important medical devices and electric wheelchairs to continue operating without disruption. This project helps to improve the quality of life of Jerusalem’s intellectually challenged youth and adults.
ELI: Israel Association for Child Protection supports children who have been abused by a parent or guardian. This project is for the purchase of a new van to be used as a therapy room in order to meet the children at their homes in emergency situations. The Mobile Therapy Unit provides access to remote regions where other services are not available and allows therapists to respond to emergency situations efficiently.
Golden Slipper Senior Center provides services for low-income older adults that include social activities, educational classes, and nutritious lunches. This project will provide funding to cover the increased rent cost for the senior center’s Wynnfield Heights location. This funding will ensure older adults will be able to remain fully engaged in life as they age in their own homes.
The Israeli Defense Forces are currently working on David’s Sling system, which was designed to intercept tactical ballistic missiles. Soldiers working on this system are deployed in various locations, without a home or supportive facility. Through the Israel Air Force Association, this project will provide service people with a space to relax and get respite while deployed.
The Mitzvah Food Project provides basic pantry staples for food insecure individuals and families living in the greater Philadelphia area. This project is to develop a web-based system for clients to order food remotely, instead of visiting a pantry. This system will increase the availability and accessibility for home-bound clients who would not otherwise be able to travel to pantry sites.
The Northeast NORC supports older adults living in northeast Philadelphia to age safely and with dignity in their own homes. The project will partner with Habitat for Humanity and Jewish Federation volunteers to perform necessary home repairs and provide basic home maintenance. Volunteers provide essential services from changing light bulbs to repairing roofs enabling clients to safely remain in their own homes as they age.
The Jewish Family and Children’s Service supports older adults, people living with disabilities, and vulnerable individuals in the Philadelphia region through vital services that improve their quality of life. This project is for a new wheelchair accessible van to transport clients to critical services such as doctor appointments, food shopping, and socialization activities. Through these rides, many home-bound individuals will be able to maintain their independence by accessing otherwise unobtainable services.
KleinLife provides social, educational, and cultural programs, as well as vital social and medical services for people living in Northeast Philadelphia. This project will increase production by planting a small orchard, building an additional hoop house, and installing a harvest washing station. Through this expansion, Grow for a Friend will be able to promote healthy eating, provide fresh and nutritious food to an at-risk population, and build community with many volunteer opportunities.
Latet provides services for vulnerable populations in Israel including aid for Holocaust survivors, food rescue and nutritional security programs, professional support for economically disadvantaged women, and programs for at-risk youth. The Home Restoration Project will fund home repairs for impoverished Holocaust survivors. It is part of the Aid for Life program, which provides over 1,200 impoverished Holocaust survivors with holistic and immediate aid that targets their nutritional, medical, physical, social and emotional needs.
Leket Israel serves as Israel’s National Food Bank and largest food rescue network, collecting and distributing surplus nutritious food to approximately 175,000 needy people weekly. This project is for building renovations to the operations hub at Be’er Sheva. These renovations will support the expansion in the food storage and dishwashing area and installation of air conditioning required to meet the growing demand in Southern Israel.
Nirim Foundation provides therapeutic services to at-risk youth through wilderness, survival trips. The wilderness therapy program uses survival skills, marine challenge activities and pre-army preparation courses to strengthen self-confidence and leadership abilities, as well as promote a sense of self-empowerment. This project will fund necessary equipment for trips, and renovate and furnish the youth therapy centers.
In Sdot Negev, Israel, the Saligman Child Health and Treatment Center provides health, development, and treatment services for at-risk children in the Jewish Federation’s Partnership Region. This project will create of a new sensory-friendly playground for young children with disabilities. The playground will support the development of fine and gross motor and emotional skills in each child placing them on the path toward success.
The Wolfson Community Center builds communities in Netivot by connecting individuals through celebrations of their cultural heritage and development of local leadership. This project will support the redevelopment of Lake Park in the Jewish Federation’s Partnership Region, specifically the creation of an accessible playground, designed for children with disabilities. Netivot is a rapidly developing city and needs welcoming public spaces like this one to better connect and empower community members.
JFRE proudly granted nearly $400,000 to six deserving initiatives:
JFRE co-sponsored the third annual Rebuild event, which took place on Sunday, April 3, 2016. The Jewish Federation’s Renaissance Group (Jewish men and women ages 22-45) partnered with Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia for this event,
which provided critical repairs for homes in Northeast Philadelphia.
The volunteers performed energy efficiency upgrades, safe and healthy home modifications, interior and exterior painting, home cleanouts for safety and installation of new smoke and carbon dioxide detectors. The homeowners were all clients of the Northeast NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community), an initiative jointly funded by the Jewish Federation and Catholic Social Services that provides services to help seniors continue to live independently in their own homes.
JFRE provided funding to the Nevatim Air Force Base to build a new kindergarten. The base, located in the middle of the Negev desert in Israel, is home to many young families. The soldiers on the base are elite fighter pilots, whose jobs are made easier when their families are able to live there comfortably. The existing kindergarten did not meet the needs of the community.
JFRE donated funds to renovate to the vitally important ELI Safe House. Launched in 2009 through a generous gift from the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, this program is the last chance for many families in Israel to remain intact. The Safe House provides parents who are at risk of losing their children with an intensive program that helps them learn parenting skills through discussions, positive parental modeling and peer support. ELI has succeeded in sending home 100 out of 104 children whose parents have gone through this program.
JFRE has played an integral role, in partnership with the Philadelphia Holocaust Memorial Remembrance Board, in launching a Holocaust Plaza at 16th and Arch streets in Philadelphia, the entrance to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. This new plaza enhances the existing iconic Holocaust Memorial and creates a place of contemplation, education and hope to honor those who perished and those who survived. The plan for the park includes an eternal flame, a tree from Theresienstadt, a remembrance wall, rail tracks and six pillars to represent the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust.
JFRE was proud to grant additional funding to continue the needed renovations of JEVS Tikvah House. (We awarded the Tikvah House $72,000 in 2014-2015 for capital improvements.) This apartment-style group home, for Jewish adults living with serious, chronic mental illness, provides stable housing along with socialization, case management and wellness services to enable its resident to experience the highest possible quality of life.
JFRE has allocated funds to help build a new food pantry, which will move to the new Jewish Family and Children’s Service building in the City Line Ave./Main Line area. The Jewish Federation’s Mitzvah Food Project provides nutritious food and basic staples to individuals and families in need through five food pantries. The project, however, has outgrown its current space serving this area. The new space will include a waiting area and a dedicated room where recipients can privately discuss their needs with staff or volunteers. The larger space will accommodate more walk-in clients and encourage healthier options through a digital ordering system.
JFRE co-sponsored the second annual Rebuild event on Sunday, March 22. The Jewish Federation’s Renaissance Group (Jewish men and women ages 22-45) partnered with Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia to provide critical repairs for 13 homes in Northeast Philadelphia
The repairs included energy efficiency upgrades, safe and healthy home modifications, interior and exterior painting, home cleanouts for safety, and installation of new smoke and carbon dioxide detectors. Two of the homeowners are Holocaust survivors; all are clients of the Northeast NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community), an initiative jointly funded by the Jewish Federation and Catholic Social Services that provides services to help seniors remain living independently in their own homes. View photos and read the thank-you note from the Renaissance Group.
JFRE provided funding to enhance the Ramah Day Camp Community Garden, created almost 10 years ago as part of the camp’s nature program. JFRE funds paid for installation of a more effective and aesthetic deer fence, edge beds to prevent weeds and define planting areas and pathways, a storage shed, a cold-frame hoop house to extend the growing season, and an irrigation system for water conservation and efficiency of watering.
Each summer, 400 campers and staff participate in the garden, in addition to community participants throughout the year. Over the years, the garden has grown to half an acre and now yields on average 1,300 lbs. of fresh organic produce each growing season This exciting experiment in small-scale sustainable agriculture provides food not only for Ramah programs but also for the larger community: at least 60% of the produce (780 lbs. in 2014) is donated to the Mitzvah Food Project at Beth Sholom Congregation, with overflow sent to other Jewish Federation food pantries.
JFRE funded critical renovations to the Orr Shalom group home in Israel. This non-profit rescues children in Israel who have been removed from their homes by social welfare services following severe abuse, neglect and tragedy. Seven young girls currently live in this group home, where the house parents, together with professional teams of counselors, care for their and begin the process of rehabilitation in a loving family home environment. Across Israel, 1,400 children live in Orr Shalom foster families and homes.
JFRE is proud to grant an additional $36,000 this year to continue capital improvements to this apartment-style group home for Jewish adults living with serious, chronic mental illness. The Tikvah Residence provides stable housing with socialization, case management and wellness services to enable the highest possible quality of life for residents.
JFRE funded a new walk-in freezer/refrigerator and a convection oven for KleinLife’s Cook for a Friend program to keep up with the growing demand for this service. This is a service of the volunteer-driven Home Delivered Meal Program, which provides basic needs and social services to more than 600 seniors annually, including delivery of 70,000 home-cooked meals.
JFRE funded upgrades to Camp Gan Israel’s electrical service and systems, including rewiring nine bunks, the kitchen, and the recreation hall and making energy efficiency improvements. These electrical improvements will provide a safer, more reliable electrical system and lower the camp’s utility bills.
JFRE donated funds to update the software developed for the Mitzvah Food Project’s new Choice Food Program at KleinLife. This state-of-the-art software greatly enhances client ordering, order fulfillment and inventory management. Choice Food Program clients can place orders via an easy-to-use, intuitive touch-screen interface. Each account is customized according to language preference, medical needs and dietary requirements. Food items are organized according to USDA guidelines and displayed based on real-time product inventory. Clients choose products and select a pickup time; the program automatically reduces inventory and generates a printout a volunteer will use to select and bag the groceries. Click here for more information.
JFRE donated funds to renovate a clubhouse for Nirim in the Neighborhood, a program that identifies youth-at-risk in very poor areas of Israel and provides coaching and mentoring to keep them school and on the path to serving in the military. Nirim’s therapeutic activities are managed and overseen by combat soldiers. The clubhouse serves as the logistical center and hub of activities that help participants develop crucial life skills.
JFRE donated funds for capital improvements at the Tikvah Residence in Drexel Hill, PA, an apartment-style group home for eight low-income, middle-age Jewish adults living with serious mental illness. These renovations helped bring the residence to safety standards, renovated one outdated kitchen, made six bathrooms more accessible and improved the overall living environment. This capital funding leveraged operational funding provided by an anonymous donor.
JFRE donated funds to Camp Ramah to enhance the lakefront experience for campers. The project included constructing a pool house and bathroom facilities, creating new access to the waterfront and improving the boardwalk. The grant also included six One Happy Camper incentive scholarships that enabled new campers to attend Ramah. www.ramahdaycamp.org. View photos and read the thank-you note from Camp Ramah.
JFRE funded renovations to this Israel Defense Forces base to provide a safe, convenient area for soldiers to gather for professional briefings. Critical renovations include fixing walls and the air conditioning system, installing new flooring and providing chairs and a sound system.
JFRE provided 10 ceiling fans for bunks at Camp Gan Israel to allow campers to sleep more comfortably. This local day camp, which serves a primarily observant community, is growing to include overnight options. For many of the campers, it offers their first opportunity to attend Jewish camp.
A new playground in Wynnewood, serving the Kaiserman Jewish Community Center and Perelman Jewish Day School, was made possible by leveraging JFRE dollars to match an anonymous donation. JFRE leaders Bill Glazer, Brad Krause and Rob Zuritsky finalized a deal whereby their businesses and the JFRE Fund would each contribute, and the anonymous donor would match the total. JFRE leaders hope the playground will be the first in a series of needed real estate and building projects in the community that will be seeded by leveraging JFRE funds.
Under a hot sun on Sunday, June 2, 2013, JFRE volunteers and their families, along with senior residents and volunteers from Firstrust Bank, constructed benches, planted 20 flats of flowers in six gardens, hung a dozen floral baskets, constructed a fountain, filled bird feeders and made beautiful stepping stones. The furniture, plants and the entire day were generously underwritten by JFRE. This wonderful cross-generational event brought the gardens and outdoor areas of the Samuel A. Green house to life.
View photo gallery and thank-you notes from residents.
JFRE donated $8,000 to the Rose & Morris Caskey Gan Israel Summer Day Camp-Sylvia & Jack Erlbaum Campus to build a new pavilion, which was completed in time for the 2012 summer camp program. The pavilion provides with much-needed space for day campers, so that the camp can also adequately house overnight campers.
JFRE funded a new playground that was dedicated at KleinLife in April 2011.
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Chair, Jewish Federation Real Estate