Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix has announced $1.7 million in allocations for 2018 that focus on the organization’s four core impact areas: enriching senior lives, engaging the next generation, building community and supporting Israel and Jewish communities worldwide. Federation gave $979,520 to its local strategic partners, agencies that are supported for their longevity, impact in the community and breadth of programming.

Federation allocated $124,235 to senior services, including Federation’s Senior Rides program, which, in partnership with Envoy America, helps seniors overcome transportation challenges; the Senior Concierge service, a collaborative program between Federation and Jewish Family & Children’s Service that helps connect the older adult population to programs and services; the Smile on Seniors of Arizona; and Kivel Campus of Care.

“Our Senior Rides program has been hugely successful by allowing our seniors in the community to be able to get out and do things like go to the store and go to doctors’ offices much more easily than they were able to in the past,” said Cyndi Rosenthal, chair of Federation’s community planning commission. “The impact the program has on our seniors is that they feel more independent.”

Programs to engage the next generation, including BBYO PHX, the Jewish Genetics Diseases Center of Greater Phoenix and Moishe House, received $62,100. Jewish day school partners received a total of $117,645, or $165 per student. Federation also renewed funding for the Israel advocacy joint-staff position with Hillel at Arizona State University and Jewish Arizonans on Campus.

The Israeli American Council Arizona and Jewish Federations of North America Israel Action Network also received funds, bringing the total for Israel advocacy to $55,500.

Two new programs Federation is supporting provide mentorship to youth in need in Israel: the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Youth Futures program in Lod, and the Ethiopian National Project.

Federation supports a number of efforts in Lod, an Israeli city approximately 10 miles south of Tel Aviv. Youth Futures, which connects mentors with at-risk youth over the course of three years, focuses on academic improvement and greater social integration. It exists throughout Israel, though the Lod program is just getting started.

“Our goal in doing this, within our ongoing Jewish Agency for Israel allocation, is to bring back the opportunity, in a stronger way, for our community to connect with a specific piece of Israel,” said Robin Loeb, Federation’s chief operational officer.

The Ethiopian National Project works to advance the integration of the Ethiopian-Israeli community by facilitating mentorships and providing other social and educational opportunities. JN

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