Learn more about the agencies reviewed this year by JCYF participants:
8th Grade - Local Social Service
- Board of Rabbis of Princeton Mercer Bucks
The Board of Rabbis brings together, in a pluralistic setting, rabbis to discuss and act upon Jewish issues that call for unity and action. The executive directors of our major beneficiary agencies join the discussions as non-voting members. The Board sponsors introduction to Judaism courses, community Jewish education, and jointly sponsored Selichot services.
- Abrams Day Camp
From day camp to teen travel, there's something for kids at every age! The outstanding staff is committed to providing campers with skill development, innovative programming, and an appreciation of their rich heritage.
- Center for Jewish Life-Hillel at Princeton University
The Center for Jewish Life (CJL) is committed to creating a welcoming community for Jews and non-Jews to come together and take part in the Jewish life at Princeton.
- Friendship Circle of Greater Mercer County
The Friendship Circle is a unique organization with a refreshing approach to helping children and adults with special needs. Our innovative programming and creative activities are designed to foster a relationship between community teenagers and adults with children and adult participants by drawing on the love, boundless energy and dynamism of our volunteers.
- Greenwood House
Greenwood House is committed to providing the highest quality care for Jewish elderly in order to meet their physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs in an atmosphere of compassion, dignity, empathy and hope within a comprehensive long-term care continuum.
- Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Mercer
The Foundation enables individuals and families, through a number of investment options, to create a permanent legacy to meet community needs now and in the future. The planned giving vehicles of the Foundation give the donors the opportunity to provide resources for identified aid programs, projects, agencies and organizations.
- Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Mercer County
Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Mercer County is dedicated to strengthening families and individuals by providing a wide range of social services and programs including therapy, information and referral, support, education and advocacy.
- The Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks
The Jewish Federation is dedicated to assisting, strengthening, and enhancing Jewish life locally, in Israel, and throughout the world. Federation works towards this by involving the community in meeting community needs in the three following categories: caring for those in need locally, enhancing local Jewish education and culture, and strengthening world Jewry.
9th Grade - National Social Service
- Chai Lifeline
- Chai Lifeline’s guiding principles are: That seriously ill children need and deserve as happy and normal a childhood as possible; That illness affects each member of the family; That the well-being of an ill child is impacted by the well-being of his or her family; That pediatric illness can have a devastating financial effect on families. With this in mind, Chai Lifeline strives to Find ways to bring joy to the lives of our young patients and their families through creative, innovative, and effective family-centered programs, activities, and services; Engender hope and optimism in children, families, and communities; Educate and involve communities in caring for ill children and their families; Provide unparalleled support throughout the child’s illness, recovery, and beyond; Offer all services free of charge to ensure that every family has access to the programs it needs; Embody the ideals of compassion, kindness, and caring for others inherent in Jewish culture and life.
DOROT alleviates social isolation among the elderly and provides services to help them live independently as valued members of the community. DOROT serves the Jewish and wider community, bringing the generations together in a mutually beneficial partnership of elders, volunteers and professionals.
- Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
HIAS works toward a common goal: rescue those in peril, reunite families in freedom, and enable newcomers to build new lives with hope and prosperity.
- Met Council Met Council provides comprehensive social services to aid, sustain, and empower poor and near-poor New Yorkers. For more than four decades, Met Council has supported and championed families, seniors and adults living in poverty and near-poverty. Met Council provides immediate assistance to New Yorkers in crisis and creates pathways to self sufficiency through the following programs: America's Largest Kosher Food Pantry System, Emergency Social Services, Family Violence Services, Home Repairs, Homecare Services, Benefits Enrollment & Outreach, Job Readiness Training, Affordable Housing. The Jewish Community Council network provides support to families in their neighborhoods.
- National Council of Jewish Women
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.
- The Educational Alliance
Educational Alliance is a community-based non-profit organization that provides services to 50,000 New Yorkers annually through dozens of programs at 18 locations in Lower Manhattan. We are a Jewish-founded organization, serving people of diverse ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds. Since its founding in 1889, Educational Alliance has helped more than 4,000,000 New Yorkers build better lives through education, arts, recreation, and social services.
- Yachad Yachad, The National Jewish Council for Disabilities is a thriving 6,500 global organization dedicated to addressing the needs of all Jewish individuals with disabilities and ensuring their inclusion in every aspect of Jewish life. The inclusive design aims to ensure persons with diverse abilities their rightful place within the Jewish community, while helping to educate and advocate to the Jewish world for greater understanding, acceptance, outreach, and a pro-disability attitude.
10th Grade - Jewish Art & Culture
- 92nd Street Y
For over 133 years, the 92nd Street Y has been serving its community and the world in a remarkable way, providing exceptional programs across the spectrum - in the arts and culture, Jewish life and education, health and fitness, personal growth and travel, and in classes for adults, families and children. A unique, multifaceted institution, the 92nd Street Y serves over 300,000 people annually, from newborns to centenarians, always remaining true to its mission.
- The JCC in Manhattan
The mission of the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan is to build an inclusive Jewish community that celebrates the strength of diversity. It is a home for individuals and families of all backgrounds to grow and to learn, and to care about and deepen their connections to one another.
- Museum of Jewish Heritage
The mission of the Museum is to educate people of all ages and backgrounds aboud the broad tapestry of Jewish life in the 20th and 21st centuries-before, during, and after the Holocaust.
- The Jewish Museum
The Jewish Museum is the preeminent museum in the United States devoted exclusively to 4,000 years of art and Jewish culture.
- Museum at Eldridge Street
The Museum at Eldridge Street, founded as the Eldridge Street Project in 1986, presents the culture, history and traditions of the great wave of Jewish immigrants to the Lower East Side, drawing parallels with the diverse cultural communities that have settled in America.
- National Yiddish Theater
The National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene's mission is to celebrate the Jewish experience through the performing arts and transmit the legacy. The National Yiddish Theatre fulfills this mission by: Sustaining Yiddish culture through the arts, Dramatizing the Jewish experience, Educating future artists and audiences, and Strengthening Jewish identity in each generation.
The Lower East Side Tenement Museum's mission is to promote tolerance and historical perspective through the presentation and interpretation of the variety of immigrant and migrant experiences on Manhattan's Lower East Side, a gateway to America.
- YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research was founded in Vilna, Poland, in 1925 and relocated to New York City in 1940. Our mission is to preserve, study and teach the cultural history of Jewish life throughout Eastern Europe, Germany and Russia. Our educational and public outreach programs concentrate on all aspects of this 1000-year history and its continuing influence in America. YIVO's archival collections and library constitute the single greatest resource for such study in the world, including approximately 24 million letters, manuscripts, photographs, films, sound recordings, art works, and artifacts; as well as the largest collection of Yiddish-language materials in the world.
11th Grade - Outreach & Advocacy
The mission of AIPAC is to strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of Israel and the United States. AIPAC’s staff and citizen activists educate decision makers about the bonds that unite the United States and Israel and how it is in America’s best interest to help ensure that the Jewish state is safe, strong and secure.
- Committee for Accuracy in the Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA)
Founded in 1982, the Committee for Accuracy in the Middle East Reporting in America is a media-monitoring, research and membership organization devoted to promoting accurate and balanced coverage of Israel and the Middle East. CAMERA fosters rigorous reporting, while educating news consumers about Middle East issues and the role of the media. Because public opinion ultimately shapes public policy, distorted news coverage that misleads the public can be detrimental to sound policymaking. A non-partisan organization, CAMERA takes no position with regard to American or Israeli political issues or with regard to ultimate solutions to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
- The Israel Project
Project Israel is a not-for-profit organization that provides opportunities for individuals to donate time and money toward specific improvement projects in Israel. In addition they are also a platform for numerous worthy Israeli charitable organizations to market themselves over the internet.
- The Israel Forever Foundation The Israel Forever Foundation is an Israel Engagement organization that develops, supports and pormotes experiential learning opportunities to celebrate and strengthen the personal connection to Israel. They aspire to cultivate and advance personal connections with the multi-faceted reality of Israel that will foster understanding, respect, involvement and pride in Israel.
- Jerusalem Online University
Discover why Israel is the most sought after land in world history. Israel Inside/Out explores Israel's history, geography and sociology in an exciting and interactive way. This course will train you to be an Israel advocate and arm you with the knowledge necessary to combat anti-Israel rhetoric. Animated maps, diagrams and original film footage give you an insider's view into one of the world's most intriguing and mystifying countries – with no airfare required.
StandWithUs is an international, nonprofit organization supporting Israel around the world. StandWithUs enables people throughout the world to proudly stand up for Israel. StandWithUs is dedicated to informing the public about Israel and to combating the extremism and anti-Semitism that often distort the issues.
12th Grade - Israel
- American Friends of Jordan River Village FoundationBy creating free, fun-filled, memorable, empowering, medically sound and safe camping experiences, the Jordan River Village enriches the lives of children of all ethnic and religious backgrounds in Israel, who suffer from a chronic or life-threatening illness.
- American Friends of Magen David Adom
Magen David Adom is Israel’s ambulance, blood-services, and disaster-relief organization, serving as emergency medical first responders for the state’s 8 million people.
- The Birthright Israel Foundation
Raises funds to support Taglit-Birthright Israel, a program that provides the gift of first time, peer group, educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18 to 26. Birthright Israel's objective is to strengthen participants' Jewish identity and connections to the land and people of Israel while reinforcing solidarity among world Jewry.
- Friends of AKIM USA
Friends of AKIM USA provides funding and support to AKIM Israel, the national – person centered – parents organization, caring for the intellectually and developmentally disabled persons and their families, in Israel. AKIM Israel possesses 64 branches throughout Israel in which parents, volunteers, social workers and other devoted and dedicated people represent the interests of the developmentally disabled persons vis-à-vis the authorities. AKIM Israel represents all sectors of the population, irrespective of faith, ethnic background or sex.
- Leket Israel
Founded in 2003, Leket Israel serves as the country's largest food bank and food rescue network actively working to alleviate the problem of nutritional insecurity among Israel's diverse population.
We are the premier national organization that rehabilitates, reintegrates and rebuilds the lives of Israel's thousands of victims of terror attacks.
- Thank Israeli Soldiers
Israeli soldiers put their lives on the line everyday to protect and defend freedom everywhere. It’s a tough job that's only getting harder in the face of growing anti-Israel world sentiment. Soldiers need, and deserve, our support. Together with people from around the world, Thank Israeli Soldiers empowers, embraces and educates the brave men and women who serve Israel.