JFGR Mission Statement



Our Mission
To build and sustain the local and global Jewish community by maximizing philanthropic resources and volunteer efforts, as well as providing social, cultural, educational and wellness opportunities.

Our Vision
To engage and inspire a vibrant and flourishing Jewish community through philanthropy and community.

Our Guiding Values
Tzedakah: upholding the Jewish traditions of righteous giving and justice.

Dor l’dor: securing a future filled with Jewish tradition and heritage.
Tikkun Olam: repairing the world.
Hineni: standing with others so no one stands alone.
Klal Yisrael: supporting worldwide Judaism and the State of Israel.
Torah: pursuing knowledge and lifelong learning.

Today’s Federation serves to enrich the quality of life for Jews in Grand Grand Rapids, Michigan, in Israel, and around the world. The Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids, meets this goal through philanthropy, planning, education and wellness opportunities, community relations, and volunteer recruitment and training. The Federation convenes agencies, synagogues, and organizations to address issues of common concern. Together, we transform Jewish tradition and values into action.

Whether caring for people in need or nurturing and sustaining Jewish identity for future generations, this is where our community comes together as one; where we, as a community, develop innovative responses to critical, often life-threatening issues; where anyone who needs help can get it; where an energized Jewish community grows and celebrates; and where everyone, including you, can make a difference right now.