Who we are
Through our membership in the Jewish Federations of North America (“JFNA”) we enjoy a working partnership with Jewish agencies providing for the well-being of Jews around the globe.
OUR GLOBAL PARTNERS INCLUDE:
JEWISH FEDERATIONS OF NORTH AMERICA
The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) represents 146 Jewish Federations and over 300 Network communities, which raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually through planned giving and endowment programs to support social welfare, social services, and educational needs. The Federation movement, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, 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). For detailed information on the JDC, visit their website.
JEWISH COUNCIL FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is the national hub of the community relations network, representing 125 local Jewish community relations councils and 16 national Jewish agencies, including the four main denominations of American Judaism (Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist). JCPA convenes, coordinates, builds consensus, and mobilizes our network on key issues. JCPA represents the network nationally, working in common cause with other civic, racial, ethnic, and faith communities. Together, we advocate for a just and pluralistic American society, peace and security in Israel, and human rights around the world. For detailed information about JCPA, visit their website.
JEWISH AGENCY FOR ISRAEL (“JAFI”)
Since 1920, the Jewish Agency has been the primary agency promoting Aliyah and the absorption of Jewish immigrants. It also works with marginalized communities in Israel to help in their renewal and mainstreaming, as well as supporting Jewish life in the former Soviet Union, Ethiopia and other parts of the world. For detail information on JAFI, visit their website.
AMERICAN JEWISH JOINT DISTRIBUTION COMMITTEE (“JDC”)
In 1914, some American Jewish leaders received a cablegram requesting help from the American Jewish community of Jews living in Ottoman Palestine. The JDC, the overseas arm of the American Jewish community, was formed – and today it provides life-saving services to Jewish communities in 70 countries. The focus of the JDC is to secure a social support network for Jews without access, particularly in isolated or very small communities. It provides important support for elderly Jews and Holocaust survivors in the former Soviet republics as well as small communities in places such as India, Morocco, and Ethiopia. For detail information on the JDC, visit their website.
In 1880, as the Jews in the Pale of Settlement were experiencing growing poverty and moving from the countryside into the urban centers, the Jewish community created the “Obshestvo Remeslennogo i zemledelcheskogo Truda, (“The Society for Trades and Agricultural Labour”) –known today as World ORT and still promoting an impact through education in the lives of Jews – and non-Jews – in more than 30 countries, serving over 200,000 people a year. For detail information on ORT, visit their website.
THE ISRAEL TRAUMA COALITION
The coalition was created in 2002 to harness the collective knowledge, expertise, and experience of Israel’s leading trauma management NGOs and government organizations. From an initial focus on direct care, they grew and expanded their scope of services to address broader issues in the trauma field including professional training, strengthening community resilience and ensuring national emergency preparedness, dealing with natural as well as man-made disasters. The coalition sends professional teams all over the world to train local officials and clinicians on managing trauma, promoting rehabilitation, and creating resilient, self-sustaining societies. For detailed information on the Israel Trauma Coalition, visit their website.
Birthright Israel, a not-for-profit educational organization, seeks to ensure a vibrant future for the Jewish people by strengthening Jewish identity, Jewish communities, and connection with Israel. They sponsor free, ten-day heritage trips to Israel, Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights for young adults of Jewish heritage, aged 18-26. Their hope is that the programs motivate young people to continue to explore their Jewish identity and support for Israel and maintain long-lasting connections with the Israelis they meet. Visit their website.
Our local partners include:
- Bais Yaakov of Scranton
- Beth Shalom Academy
- Bnos Ysroel of Scranton
- Congregation Beth Israel (Reform)
- Congregation Beth Shalom (Orthodox)
- Congregation B’nai Harim (Reform)
- Congregation Machzekei Hadas (Orthodox)
- Congregation Ohev Zedek (Orthodox)
- Elan Gardens Senior Living, A Jewish Senior Life Community.
- Jewish Discovery Center (Chabad)
- Jewish Family Service of Northeastern Pennsylvania
- Jewish Fellowship of Hemlock Farms (Reform)
- Elan Skilled Nursing and Rehab
- Jewish Resource Center
- Jewish War Veterans
- Scranton Hebrew Day School
- Scranton Jewish Community Center
- Temple Hesed (Reform)
- Temple Israel of Scranton (Conservative)
- Temple Israel of the Poconos (Reform)
- Yeshiva Beth Moshe of Scranton
Funds are distributed through our Annual Allocations and our Grants Process.