NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS 

 

The Charleston Jewish Federation expresses solidarity with Jewish people all over the world through partnerships with organizations dedicated to caring for the needs of the Jewish community, in Israel and over 70 countries. Learn more about our national and international partners and the amazing work they do all over the world, ensuring that no one is ever left behind. 

Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA)

JFNA is the umbrella organization for the Charleston Jewish Federation. JFNA raises and distributes over $3 billion each year for social welfare, social services, and educational needs. The Federation movement protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning). Learn more>>

Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) 
JAFI is a humanitarian organization that strives to build a connected and committed global Jewish community. It has been pivotal to Israel’s remarkable story of immigration, renewal, and growth. JAFI helps tens of thousands of people each year connect with their spiritual and cultural heritage through a multitude of programs. Charleston’s longstanding relationship with JAFI is personified through Partnership2gether with our sister region in Israel, Hadera-Eiron and other Southeastern communities. Learn more>>

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)

The JDC provides aid to millions of Jews around the world, reaching out to Jews in distress, offering relief for Jews in need, and restoring and strengthening Jewish community life. The JDC helps Israel address the social service needs of its most vulnerable populations. Programs in 70 countries touch all segments of the Jewish population from infants to elderly, secular to religious, healthy to disabled. ​Learn more>>

World ORT

World ORT works for the advancement of Jews and others through training and education. Through international cooperation programs, ORT supports non-sectarian economic and social development in under-developed parts of the world by providing vocational training and technical assistance. Learn more>>

ISRAEL ELECTIVES

The Charleston Jewish Federation strives to connect local Charlestonians to our Israeli family through Community Campaign allocations to Israeli organizations, including the following:

HaMidrasha

Funding was used to support an educational center in Israel for HaMidrasha, a non-profit organization that assists Jewish Israelis with issues of personal and collective Jewish identity and heritage. Because of this support, HaMidrasha brought together 35 women leaders in 6 workshops throughout the year. Learn More >>

Hiddush

The Annual Community Campaign supported a video project for Hiddush, a non-profit organization in Israel which promotes religious freedom and equality. Hiddush is led by Rabbi Uri Regev, former president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. Learn More >>

World ORT - Hadera-Eiron

The Annual Community Campaign helped fund the computer lab and distance learning center in Hadera, our sister region in Israel. Over 400 Orthodox girls are able to use this lab at Ulpanit Mevaseret Baruch High School. Learn more>>

 

ALLIANCE PARTNERS WORKING ON OVERSEAS ISSUES

 

Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

Since an estimated 85 percent of the American Jewish community attends an institution of higher education, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life is well positioned to influence young Jews at a point in their lives when they are making critical decisions about family, faith, and their future.  Hillel seeks to inspire every Jewish student to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life. Hillel’s mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.Hillel welcomes Jews of all backgrounds to its 251 affiliated foundations, program centers and Jewish student organizations on 513 campuses throughout the United States and Canada. Hillel foundations are also located in Israel, South America, and the republics of the former Soviet Union. Learn More>>

Jewish Council for Public Affairs

As the community relations arm of the organized Jewish community, the JCPA represents 14 national agencies and 125 local communities.  Under the JCPA’s umbrella, these organizations meet to shape consensus and inspire grassroots action around the globe on the most essential issues of interest to the Jewish community. The JCPA is committed to safeguarding the rights of Jews worldwide and promotes a just, democratic and pluralistic American society. Learn More>>

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)

The Hebrew Immigration Aid Society or “HIAS” is the American Jewish community’s international migration agency.  Founded in 1881, HIAS assists Jews whose lives and freedom are at risk, through rescue, relocation, family reunification, and resettlement. HIAS’ offices in eight countries, including Israel, provide a wide array of legal and support services.  In Vienna, HIAS assists Jews and other religious minorities who have fled Iran and applied for refugee status in the U.S.  As an expression of Jewish ethics and values, HIAS also protects vulnerable non-Jewish refugees in countries such as Chad, where, together with IsraAID, HIAS provides trauma counseling to Darfuri survivors of the genocide in Sudan. Since its founding, HIAS has helped more than 4.5 million men, women and children. Learn More>>

Jewish Educational Service of North America (JESNA)

JESNA was created as a service agency for the federated system, and this connection to the federations is central to its identity.  Today, JESNA is a community-focused agency that works with local and national partners to facilitate and promote the delivery of engaging, inspiring Jewish education across the denominational spectrum and in many settings, for learners of any age. JESNA’s board is drawn from the leadership of local federations, central agencies, and other educational institutions in communities across North America and JESNA is proud of the integral part it plays with partners to constitute the Jewish educational “system” in North America and Israel. Learn More>>

JTA:  The Global News Service of the Jewish People

JTA is the definitive, trusted global source of breaking news, in-depth analysis, opinion and features on current events and issues of interest to the Jewish People.  JTA is the only agency in the organized Jewish community dedicated exclusively to providing Jewish leadership, opinion-makers and activists with the information and analysis needed to make decisions and take action on behalf of the Jewish People. Learn More>>

NCSJ: Advocates on Behalf of Jews in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States & Eurasia

This year marks two historic anniversaries: the 40th anniversary of the Soviet Jewry movement and the 20th anniversary of the Freedom Sunday Rally for Soviet Jewry in Washington, D.C. When Soviet Jews were at risk and desperate to move to Israel, the American Jewish community rallied behind NCSJ to help Soviet Jews gain their freedom. Today, NCSJ helps to secure the well-being of over one million Jews who are rebuilding Jewish life in the former Soviet Union. Comprising nearly 50 national organizations and over 300 local federations, community councils, and committees, NCSJ works on behalf of federations to ensure that political conditions in the Former Soviet Union allow Jews to live freely as Jews. Learn More>>

The Foundation for Jewish Culture

Founded in 1960 to re-establish on American soil the scholarship and scholarly institutions lost in the Holocaust, The Foundation for Jewish Culture now supports artists and scholars exploring the Jewish experience. It funds creative individuals who envision the Jewish future while honoring its past, advancing the expression of Jewish peoplehood in all its diversity, promoting Israel engagement and enriching Jewish life in North America. The Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film has funded numerous projects about and from Israel. The Foundation-sponsored Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artist program places Israeli artists and scholars in communities throughout the country and the Six Points Fellowship program supports several Israeli artists working in New York. The Foundation also works with the Israeli Consulate’s Cultural Division to promote Israeli artists in North America. Learn More>>