A strong, secure Israel is the bedrock of the global Jewish community. Through our overseas partners, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, UJC and North America’s federations have played – and continue to play – a pivotal role in Israel’s remarkable story of immigration, renewal and growth. While the UJC federation system advocates for Israel and its desire for peace, it remains a non-partisan organization un-aligned with any particular political party in the United States or abroad.
Israel and the World
Historically, the two main overseas beneficiaries of the Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign dollars have been the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).
(JAFI receives 75% of the Federation’s Israel/Overseas allocation)
JAFI connects the Federation community in an unmatched global partnership singularly devoted to ensuring the future of the Jewish people with a strong Israel at its heart. The Jewish Agency works in communities around the world with a dual purpose: To keep the promise to every Jew, who for any reason, at any time, wants to come home to Israel; and to put Israel into the lives of the Jewish world’s next generation.
Through dynamic partnership platforms with the people of Israel, such as Partnership 2000 and Youth Futures, the Jewish Agency also creates equal opportunities for at-risk immigrants and young people, strengthens Israel’s vulnerable communities, and connects all of the Jewish people in shaping the future character of Israeli society.
And in times of crises, the Jewish Agency works with its partners around the world to mobilize immediately and address the urgent and ongoing needs of populations in distress.
JDC’s mission is to provide urgent care to the world’s poorest Jews. JDC provides food, medicine, and homecare – tirelessly meeting the basic needs of hundreds of thousands of Jews who have no one else looking after them. Reaching out to Jewish elderly, Holocaust survivors and vulnerable children in the former Soviet Union who live in societies with no safety net to the “new poor” enmeshed in economic crisis in Central and Eastern Europe – JDC is applying nearly a century of experience to employ solutions that help bolster those suffering the most. In partnership with the Jewish Federation system, JDC will continue to fight global Jewish poverty and bring sustenance and dignity to those it serves.