As our lives have been upended while the world copes with a pandemic, we have all been called to face unfamiliar challenges. A strong community is vital during these times, no one should have to stand alone in the face of so many uncertainties. In light of this situation, the Jewish Federation has chosen the Hebrew word Hineni, הינני, or here I am, as the theme of this year's 2020 campaign. The Federation strives to be here for everyone in the Jewish community and make sure no one is unsupported.



The latest from the Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids


UPDATE AS OF 3.25.2021: The Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids office is now open. You may visit the office at our regular work hours, but please wear a mask. Please click here for more information and updates on COVID-19.

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Facts

    The Kent County Health Department (KCHD) Clinical Services Division is working closely with the Michigan
    Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the federal Centers for Disease Control and
    Prevention (CDC) to prepare for the forthcoming novel coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

    Click the link below to view the update from the Kent County Health Department:

  • The Collaborative Cookbook Project

    We are excited to announce a collaborative cookbook project with JFGR, Temple Emanuel, Congregation Ahavas Israel and Chabad House of Western Michigan. Our committee is now gathering recipes from all corners of our Grand Rapids Jewish community. Whether they are your favorite recipes, family recipes, or cherished recipes you would be willing to share, start thinking!
    Click on the text below to access the submission form:

  • 2nd Annual Yom Ha'atzmaut Across North America

    Livestream concert and fundraiser benefiting COVID-19 Relief, April 11th, 2021 @ 2PM EST / 1PM Central. Zoom Link will be sent to you soon. Make sure you are subscribed to JFGR's mailing list.

  • Young Adult Division (YAD) Interest Form

    JFGR is in the process of updating our database. We are interested in hearing from you and making certain we have your correct contact information. If you are in your 20sand 30s and want to participate in future YAD programs, please fill out the survey. Thanks!

  • Grand Rapids Jewish Film Festival

    We are honored and proud to introduce a unique partnership between our own Grand Rapids Jewish Film Festival and one of the largest Jewish film festivals in the Midwest. Click below for more info.

  • Menemsha Films

    Menemsha Films has been preparing to launch CHAIFLICKS, a streaming service dedicated solely to JEWISH themed films and entertainment.

  • JFGR Information Update Form

    The Federation is updating our database and needs your help. If you have a new address, change your email or phone number in the last three years, please fill out this form and hit submit. Thank You!

  • Virtual Streicker Seminars

    During these confusing and challenging days, many of you will find yourselves at home more than usual and we want to offer you ways to use that time to excite your mind, learn something new and distract yourself from the uncertainty.

  • Support the Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids

    The Jewish Federation Annual Campaign is designed to strengthen and support our Jewish community from the ground up. Your contribution will help us in our Annual Campaign. We can't do it without you.

  • Campaign Update

    View our current donation status and latest news from Chad Zagel, Campaign Chair.

  • Donate Now

    Your contribution will help to support those in need in our local community and Israel. We can't do it without you!







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