The Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids, along with Congregation Ahavas Israel and Temple Emanuel, is pleased to welcome Dr. Yael Aronoff, Director of Jewish Studies and Serling Chair in Israel Studies at Michigan State University, to our community from Friday, Sept 12 through Sunday, September 14. Dr. Aronoff, an expert on U.S.-Israeli relations, will be addressing specific topics throughout the weekend regardng Israel's relationship with American Jewry. There will be ample opportunity for Q&A dialogue with Dr. Aronoff to find out 'everything you wanted to know about Israel, but were afraid to ask'.
The Jewish Federations of North America has established a Ukraine Assistance Fund to help the more than 300,000 Jews in the Ukraine caught in the cross-fire of the escalating situation. While not outright targets of violence, our fellow Jews' basic needs for food and other goods and services are growing rapidly. Our international partners, notably the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the Jewish Agency and World ORT, are on the ground providing support to the those in need.
Please click on Ukraine Assistance Fund to support this effort. Thank you.
Purim Carnival 2014
The Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids has joined Federations around the country in support of Israel's humanitarian needs during the current conflict with Hamas. We ask all of our community members to consider a generous gift to this 'Stop the Sirens' effort. To make a donation by credit card, click here, or send a check payable to JFGR to: 2727 Michigan NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506, and note 'Stop the Sirens' on your check. Donations to this emergency campaign are tax deductible.
Thank you for your support of our fellow Jews in Israel during this time of crisis. Should you have any questions, please contact the Federation office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (616) 942-5553.
New Program for Young Families in the Grand Rapids area
The PJ Library is an innovative program that offers the gift of free, high quality Jewish books to children 6 months to 8 years old. These books help to celebrate important aspects of Jewish culture, values and tradition. We are grateful to the Ravitz Foundation, the Rosenzweig-Coopersmith Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation for underwriting this new initiative of Federation.
Information about PJ Library and how to sign up, along with a sample book, is coming by mail during the High Holidays. Parents can also sign up their children by clicking here and, if you live in our Regions Covered, primarily Kent and Ottawa Counties in Michigan, simply click on the 'Sign up in this Community' button.
Pew Study on American Jews
Survey of U.S. Jewish Population Sparks Debate
A copy of the study entitled A Portrait of Jewish Americans: Findings from a Pew Reseach Center Survey of U.S. Jews can be found here. While a lengthy read at 214 pages, its many summaries, charts and graphs can be easily reviewed as time permits. Also, the Jewish Federations of North America has linked to much of the media coverage, and an analysis from a Brandeis University researcher offers further reading. Finally, JFGR's new partners at PJ Library prepared a letter in response to the survey that may be of interest.
Please let us know your thoughts about the study and what local Jewish communal response to it may be appropriate. You may contact JFGR's executive director, Mike Presant, at (616) 942-5553, x207, or email@example.com.