About Us

We are fortunate in West Michigan to have a vibrant Jewish community. In addition to our wonderful congregations, we have a strong United Jewish School, great cultural and social events such as the Jewish Film Festival, and vital social service programs. Our Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids plays an important role in funding these projects and many others that contribute to a growing and diverse Jewish community.


Donations to Federation help to fund social services for Jews in need, not only in West Michigan, but in Israel and around the world. A key reason for Federation’s success for more than 70 years is the broad support we receive from our small community of approximately 2,000 Jews in Kent and Ottawa Counties.


Please consider making a gift for an amount personally meaningful to you in support of Federation. You may do so by clicking the Donate button at the top of this page.


Our Mission

Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids unites the local Jewish community to sustain and strengthen Jews locally, in Israel, and around the world.

This mission is accomplished by providing services to the community and through fundraising and allocation efforts.


Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids offers referrals and assistance in dealing with local social service agencies, small emergency loans, finding assisted living for the elderly, social outings for the elderly, cultural events and many more programs.

PJ Library

PJ Library in Grand Rapids is a gift from Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids in partnership with Ravitz Foundation, Rosenzweig-Coopersmith Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

Global outreach

Throught allocations we support Jewish programs in Israel and around the world.