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Here for Today. Here for Tomorrow.

Here for Good

In many ways, this has been a defining year for the Jewish Federation.

Our fiscal calendar began in the spring of 2020, not long after start of the global pandemic. This historic crisis threatened the health and welfare of individuals throughout our community and upended the rhythms and routines of daily life.

Despite the extraordinary challenges, we have reason to be grateful. If we have learned anything from the experience of the pandemic, it is that together, as a unified community, we can weather any crisis.

Throughout the pandemic, our communal leaders and institutions worked to make sure that our most vulnerable individuals were protected, providing millions of kosher meals to seniors and others in need, emergency aid to struggling families and protective gear for frontline workers. This was the most collaborative effort in recent times, uniting individuals from every corner of our community, every organization and stream of Judaism.

Several years ago, we introduced a new theme for the Jewish Federation, a ‘tag line’ to express the essence of our mission. Here for Good proclaims that Federation is an enduring entity whose purpose is to support, strengthen and advance our local and global Jewish community. We are here to take care of our most vulnerable individuals and to build a vibrant Jewish future for all.

Today, this theme has never been more relevant. Here for Good reflects not just the essence of the Federation, but also of our Jewish community itself. Thanks to the commitment of many individuals—including nearly 11,000 donors to our annual Campaign—Jewish Detroit remains as vibrant and cohesive today as it ever has.

Even as we recognize the ongoing impact of the virus and other complex challenges, we will never lose our vitality, spirit and gratitude for the richness and depth of our Jewish heritage and culture as well as the strength of our community.

  • Matthew B. Lester
    President, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
  • Dennis S. Bernard
    President, United Jewish Foundation
  • Steven Ingber
    Chief Executive Officer
    Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

2020-2021 JFMD EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • Matthew Lester
    President*
  • Ralph Gerson
    Vice-President
  • Kristen Gross
    Vice-President
  • Lee Hurwitz
    Vice-President
  • Ronald Klein
    Vice-President
  • Lawrence S. Lax
    Vice-President
  • Joshua F. Opperer
    Vice-President
  • Lowell Salesin
    Secretary*

  • Executive Secretary
  • Darren Findling
    Treasurer
  • Sherri Ketai
    At-Large*
  • Martin B. Maddin
    At-Large
  • Leah Trosch
    At-Large
  • *New or new position

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

  • Carolyn Bellinson
    Co-Chair, 2021 Annual Campaign
  • Michael Berger
    Chair, Finance Committee
  • Dennis Bernard
    President, United Jewish Foundation*
  • Joshua Goldberg
    President, NEXTGen Detroit*
  • Robert Gordon
    Chair, PASC / LAPD
  • Betsy Heuer
    President, Women’s Philanthropy*
  • Beverly B. Liss
    Immediate JFMD Past President*
  • Joshua F. Opperer
    Co-Chair, 2021 Annual Campaign*
  • Sherri Singer
    Vice-President, Women’s Philanthropy Campaign*
  • *New or new position

2020-2021 UJF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • Dennis Bernard
    President
  • Michael Berger
    Vice-President
  • Gregg Orley
    Vice-President
  • Warren Rose
    Vice-President
  • Karen Sosnick Schoenberg
    Vice-President
  • Deborah Tyner
    Vice-President
  • Alan Zekelman
    Vice-President
  • Howard Morof
    Treasurer
  • Steve Ingber
    Secretary
  • Mindi Fynke
    At-Large
  • David Karp
    At-Large
  • Stevan Rosenberg
    At-Large

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

  • Matthew Lester
    Jewish Federation President
  • Laurence Tisdale
    Real Estate / Capital Needs Committee Co-Chairman
  • Bernard Kent
    Investment Committee Chairman

2021 CAMPAIGN ACHIEVEMENT

2021 Annual Campaign$34,200,000
Andi and Larry Wolfe Challenge Fund3,700,000
Shrinkage Allowance–714,000
Prior Year’s Overachievement450,000
Past Year’s Unallocated Funds800,000
Total 2021 Campaign & Challenge Fund Allocations$ 38,236,000
Total Donors10,500

2021 ALLOCATIONS

ISRAEL AND OVERSEAS

CORE ALLOCATIONS
JAFI$4,412,506
JDC$2,442,724
World ORT$139,900
TOTAL CORE ALLOCATIONS$ 6,995,130
Assistance to the Children and Elderly in Kiev$ 200,000
Community Shaliach80,500
Emergency Needs – JAFI/JDC
Ethiopian National Project125,000
JAFI Ethiopian Reunification75,000
JDC – Argentina75,000
JDC – Skill Up50,000
LYA Partnership – Central Galilee
National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry8,000
Nevatim
Partnership 2Gether – Central Galilee704,050
Shin Shin Program45,000
Unallocated Funds for Future Needs122,450
TOTAL ELECTIVE ALLOCATIONS1,530,000
TOTAL CHALLENGE FUND DESIGNATIONS394,000
TOTAL ISRAEL AND OVERSEAS$ 8,919,130

Jewish Education and Identity

SCHOOLS
Farber Hebrew Day School431,237
Hillel Day School696,981
Yeshiva Beth Yehudah1,030,666
Yeshiva Gedolah116,863
Yeshivas Darchei Torah370,829
Congregational School Funding440,682
BBYO81,189
Fresh Air Society / Tamarack Camps556,054
HILLEL FOUNDATIONS
Hillel of Metro Detroit187,325
MSU Hillel / Michigan Jewish Conference238,952
HCAM72,629
Michigan Hillel at the University of Michigan184,124
Jewish Community Center2,505,542
Mission Subsidies110,000
TOTAL JEWISH EDUCATION AND IDENTITY$7,023,073

National Agencies

Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies$30,000
Hillel International44,000
JCC Association of North America43,000
Jewish Council of Public Affairs12,000
70 Faces Media25,000
Israel Action Network40,000
JFNA Education Unit
JFNA Dues1,077,820
Birthright Israel106,000
Unallocated Funds for Future Needs121,985
TOTAL CHALLENGE FUND DESIGNATIONS3,600
TOTAL NATIONAL AGENCIES$1,503,405

Community Support

Foundation for our Jewish Elderly$256,189
Hebrew Free Loan157,019
JCRC/AJC331,118
Jewish Family Service2,722,412
Jewish Senior Life669,528
JVS Human Services1,361,270
TOTAL COMMUNITY SERVICES$5,497,536

Additional Local Support

Agency Support to Cover Rent for UJF Facilities$4,000,000
Campaign Expenses129,448
Campaign Reserve500,000
Capital Needs Fund Grant1,200,000
Challenge Fund Designations1,492,400
Community Security Program767,468
Endowment Fund Matching Grants1,450,000
General Fund250,000
Impact Measurement Program10,000
Real Estate Centralization Costs250,000
Unallocated Funds for Future Needs1,000,000
Youth Mental Health76,000
Federation Operating Budget Support
Community Development/Engagement1,235,693
Israel and Overseas Services516,290
Other Direct Program Services368,097
Strategic Planning and Partnerships132,460
Support Services1,915,000
TOTAL ADDITIONAL LOCAL SUPPORT15,292,856
TOTAL LOCAL AGENCIES$15,292,856

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit / United Jewish Foundation

Support Provided to Agencies

For the FYE May 31, 2021

BBYO

Annual Campaign $71,152
Challenge Fund 10,037
Rent Support 29,374
Total – Campaign 110,563
Endowment Income 10,000
Covid-19 Emergency Campaign 10,000
Centennial Fund 0
Capital Needs Grants 0
Real Estate Centralization and Security Grants 0
State of MI Grant 0
JWF and Other Grants 0
DAF Grants 83,000
Total Other Support 103,000
Grand Total JFMD / UJF Support $213,563

Farber Hebrew Day School

Annual Campaign $366,584
Challenge Fund 64,653
Rent Support 391,836
Total – Campaign 823,073
Endowment Income 531,000
Covid-19 Emergency Campaign 240,000
Centennial Fund 56,000
Capital Needs Grants 46,000
Real Estate Centralization and Security Grants 16,000
State of MI Grant 0
JWF and Other Grants 10,000
DAF Grants 116,000
Total Other Support 1,015,000
Grand Total JFMD / UJF Support $1,838,073

Frankel Jewish Academy

Annual Campaign $0
Challenge Fund 0
Rent Support 0
Total – Campaign 0
Endowment Income 479,000
Covid-19 Emergency Campaign 71,000
Centennial Fund 12,000
Capital Needs Grants 16,000
Real Estate Centralization and Security Grants 0
State of MI Grant 0
JWF and Other Grants 0
DAF Grants 91,000
Total Other Support 669,000
Grand Total JFMD / UJF Support $669,000

Fresh Air Society / Tamarack Camps

Annual Campaign $483,033
Challenge Fund 73,021
Rent Support 1902793
Total – Campaign 2,458,847
Endowment Income 250,000
Covid-19 Emergency Campaign 0
Centennial Fund 138,000
Capital Needs Grants 810,000
Real Estate Centralization and Security Grants 44,000
State of MI Grant 0
JWF and Other Grants 0
DAF Grants 165,000
Total Other Support 1,407,000
Grand Total JFMD / UJF Support $3,865,847

Hebrew Free Loan

Annual Campaign $134,244
Challenge Fund 22,775
Rent Support 3,202
Total – Campaign 160,221
Endowment Income 34,000
Covid-19 Emergency Campaign 0
Centennial Fund 39,000
Capital Needs Grants 0
Real Estate Centralization and Security Grants 0
State of MI Grant 0
JWF and Other Grants 0
DAF Grants 419,000
Total Other Support 492,000
Grand Total JFMD / UJF Support $652,221

Hillel Day School

Annual Campaign $608,059
Challenge Fund 88,922
Rent Support 0
Total – Campaign 696,981
Endowment Income 490,000
Covid-19 Emergency Campaign 163,000
Centennial Fund 108,000
Capital Needs Grants 0
Real Estate Centralization and Security Grants 26,000
State of MI Grant 0
JWF and Other Grants 0
DAF Grants 626,000
Total Other Support 1,413,000
Grand Total JFMD / UJF Support $2,109,981

Hillel of Metro Detroit

Annual Campaign $163,209
Challenge Fund 24,116
Rent Support 0
Total – Campaign 187,325
Endowment Income 25,000
Covid-19 Emergency Campaign 8,000
Centennial Fund 0
Capital Needs Grants 0
Real Estate Centralization and Security Grants 0
State of MI Grant 0
JWF and Other Grants 0
DAF Grants 150,000
Total Other Support 183,000
Grand Total JFMD / UJF Support $370,325

Hillel – MSU/HCAM

Annual Campaign $286,911
Challenge Fund 24,670
Rent Support 81,872
Total – Campaign 393,453
Endowment Income 74,000
Covid-19 Emergency Campaign 16,000
Centennial Fund 13,000
Capital Needs Grants 48,000
Real Estate Centralization And Security Grants 3,000
State Of MI Grant 0
JWF and Other Grants 10,000
DAF Grants 78,000
Total Other Support 242,000
Grand Total JFMD / UJF Support $635,453

Hillel U of M

Annual Campaign $159,810
Challenge Fund 24,314
Rent Support 177,923
Total – Campaign 362,047
Endowment Income 132,000
Covid-19 Emergency Campaign 46,000
Centennial Fund 99,000
Capital Needs Grants 29,000
Real Estate Centralization and Security Grants 6,000
State of MI Grant 0
JWF and Other Grants 7,000
DAF Grants 71,000
Total Other Support 390,000
Grand Total JFMD / UJF Support $752,047

Jewish Community Center

Annual Campaign $2,283,363
Challenge Fund 222,179
Rent Support 0
Total – Campaign 2,505,542
Endowment Income 977,000
Covid-19 Emergency Campaign 700,000
Centennial Fund 60,000
Capital Needs Grants 30,000
Real Estate Centralization and Security Grants 78,000
State of MI Grant 37,000
JWF and Other Grants 65,000
DAF Grants 87,000
Total Other Support 2,034,000
Grand Total JFMD / UJF Support $4,539,542

JCRC/AJC

Annual Campaign $283,077
Challenge Fund 48,041
Rent Support 18,358
Total – Campaign 349,476
Endowment Income 8,000
Covid-19 Emergency Campaign 0
Centennial Fund 0
Capital Needs Grants 0
Real Estate Centralization and Security Grants 0
State of MI Grant 0
JWF and Other Grants 0
DAF Grants 28,000
Total Other Support 36,000
Grand Total JFMD / UJF Support $385,476

Jewish Family Service

Annual Campaign $2,373,453
Challenge Fund 348,958
Rent Support 248,806
Total – Campaign 2,971,217
Endowment Income 294,000
Covid-19 Emergency Campaign 550,000
Centennial Fund 403,000
Capital Needs Grants 19,000
Real Estate Centralization and Security Grants 7,000
State of MI Grant 1,488,000
JWF and Other Grants 104,000
DAF Grants 236,000
Total Other Support 3,101,000
Grand Total JFMD / UJF Support $6,072,217

Jewish Senior Life

Annual Campaign $600,106
Challenge Fund 69,422
Rent
Support
644,802
Total – Campaign 1,314,330
Endowment Income 1,350,000
Covid-19 Emergency Campaign 75,000
Centennial Fund 320,000
Capital Needs Grants 0
Real Estate Centralization and Security Grants 0
State of MI Grant 0
JWF and Other Grants 20,000
DAF Grants 93,000
Total Other Support 1,858,000
Grand Total JFMD / UJF Support $3,172,330

JVS Human Services

Annual Campaign $1,205,577
Challenge Fund 155,694
Rent Support 476,878
Total – Campaign 1,838,149
Endowment Income 0
Covid-19 Emergency Campaign 93,000
Centennial Fund 121,000
Capital Needs Grants 0
Real Estate Centralization and Security Grants 26,000
State Of MI Grant 2,126,000
JWF and Other Grants 25,000
DAF Grants 0
Total Other Support 2,391,000
Grand Total JFMD / UJF Support $4,229,149

Yeshiva Beth Yehuda

Annual Campaign $898,010
Challenge Fund 132,656
Rent Support 24,156
Total – Campaign 1,054,822
Endowment Income 614,000
Covid-19 Emergency Campaign 826,000
Centennial Fund 245,000
Capital Needs Grants 0
Real Estate Centralization and Security Grants 0
State of MI Grant 0
JWF and Other Grants 0
DAF Grants 156,000
Total Other Support 1,841,000
Grand Total JFMD / UJF Support $2,895,822

Yeshiva Gedolah

Annual Campaign $99,663
Challenge Fund 17,200
Rent Support 0
Total – Campaign 116,863
Endowment Income 57,000
Covid-19 Emergency Campaign 0
Centennial Fund 10,000
Capital Needs Grants 0
Real Estate Centralization and Security Grants 0
State of MI Grant 0
JWF and Other Grants 0
DAF Grants 2,000
Total Other Support 69,000
Grand Total JFMD / UJF Support $185,863

Yeshiva Darchei Torah

Annual Campaign $329,853
Challenge Fund 40,976
Rent Support 0
Total – Campaign 370,829
Endowment Income 190,000
Covid-19 Emergency Campaign 98,000
Centennial Fund 44,000
Capital Needs Grants 0
Real Estate Centralization and Security Grants 0
State of MI Grant 0
JWF and Other Grants 0
DAF Grants 14,000
Total Other Support 346,000
Grand Total JFMD / UJF Support $716,829

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit is the cornerstone of our Jewish community. We are committed to taking care of the needs of the Jewish people and building a vibrant Jewish future in Detroit, in Israel and around the world. 

Providing for the well-being of the most vulnerable members of our community is a core value of our Jewish heritage and one of the fundamental aspects of Federation’s mission to serve the Jewish community. Through the Annual Campaign, Federation raises and allocates funds to its partner agencies to provide critical assistance to those in need, including individuals and families, seniors, people with disabilities, and the unemployed. 

Federation also stands ready to respond to disasters and urgent needs as they emerge. We are here to ensure the security and stability of our community, and to take care of those whose lives are affected in times of crisis, whether it means securing emergency resources, coordinating services or responding directly to critical issues.

 In addition to taking care of those in need, we also strive to ensure a strong and vibrant Jewish future for our entire community. This encompasses the work of strengthening Jewish identity through all ages and stages of life through Jewish camps and day schools, congregational schools, adult education courses and more.

It also means building and sustaining Jewish life here in Detroit, in Israel and throughout the world. Federation remains deeply committed to Jewish engagement and has led a revitalization of millennial and ‘Gen X’ engagement in the Detroit area.

Finally, we remain focused on growing Jewish philanthropy through our Annual Campaign, Centennial Fund and a variety of other sources of support that help us secure the long-term future of our community.

VULNERABLE POPULATIONS

  • Older Adults
  • Families in Need
  • Individuals with Disabilities
  • Underserved Communities

Urgent Needs

  • School Safety
  • Crisis Management
  • Community Infrastrutcure
  • Aliyah and Absorption
  • Combating anti-Semitism

Jewish Community

  • Teens
  • Families
  • NEXTGen Detroit
  • Women’s Philanthropy
  • Affinities
  • Missions
  • Partnership2Gether

Jewish Philanthropy

  • Challenge Fund
  • Annual Campaign
  • Endowment/Centennial
  • Philanthropic Funds
  • Community Partnership Support
  • Planning & Allocations
  • Support Foundations
  • Corporate Philanthropy

Jewish Identity

  • Adult Jewish Learning
  • Jewish Schools Day & Religious
  • Early Childhood
  • Special Needs
  • Hillel/Campus
  • Camp

BBYO

BBYO

We shape our community’s next generation of leaders by positively impacting the lives of Jewish teens in Metro Detroit, providing them with meaningful Judaic, social justice and leadership development programming.

  • Percent of teens who feel their participation in BBYO has helped them develop skills they will use throughout their life
  • 89%
  • Percent of students who report being able to articulate how Judaism adds value to their lives
  • 89%
  • Percent of teens who feel that because of their involvement in BBYO, they feel a strong connection to Israel
  • 70%
  • Percent of teens who feel supported by staff and/or volunteer advisors
  • 72%

  • Percent of students who report that through their affiliation with BBYO, they feel close to the Jewish people – connected to a Global community of Jewish friends and the local community
  • 76%
  • Percent of teens who feel that attending BBYO programs makes them feel they belong somewhere
  • 90%
  • Percent of teens who report that BBYO participation makes them feel good about themselves (improve self-esteem)
  • 90%
Total number of teens served in 2020-2021 1,000
Total number of teens served in 6th – 8th grade 200
Total number of high school students served in FY21 800
Total number of summer program participants 40
Total hours of student programming provided 300
Total hours of student community service hours offered 100
Total number of teens participating in teen mental
health programming
300

Many teens shared about how impactful being part of BBYO is on the teens mental health, especially through the COVID-19 pandemic. “Everything was canceled, especially at the beginning of the pandemic, and it was really nice to see that BBYO kept going. It really helped us not feel isolated, especially in a time where it was so scary, we couldn’t really see our friends or do anything normal. Like sports are gone, most of your school clubs, even school was gone. And it was nice that BBYO was still there, your friends were still there, even though it was online, to still interact with.”

“Everybody is there [at BBYO] to connect with people. Being able to connect with people from outside of your school is what makes BBYO special. And so, with the programming aspect of it, I think that the programs do bring people together. The programs bring that light into your life when during a dark time. So yeah, it kind of just makes mental health a bit better than what it used to be.”

“I love how this program made me meet wonderful people, made me connected to my religion, and have fun. I was inspired and did many things that I wouldn’t do on a normal basis such as cooking. IC makes me grateful that I am a Jew and makes me so proud to be a Jew.”
“The most important thing that I have gained from my experience in BBYO is a strong sense of community, sisterhood, and a comfortable place I can be in, in order to express myself and discover who I am.”
“I have learned so many different ways to be a leader, better friend, better person overall, and it has taught me how to be appreciative of who I am and of the opportunities I have through this organization, and in life. I have also appreciated the people I have met, whether they are my best friends or people I spoke to once, everyone has made an amazing impact on my life.”

Farber Hebrew Day School

Farber Hebrew Day School

Farber Hebrew Day School provides a challenging Judaic Studies and college preparatory program in a Modern Orthodox, Zionist environment. The school nurtures personal and intellectual growth, outstanding character, social and moral responsibility, and a strong sense of self for each student.

  • Anticipated total enrollment for 2021 – 2022 school year
  • 274
  • Early Childhood Center (ages 12 months to 4 years)
  • 73
  • Elementary School (grades kindergarten – 5th grade)
  • 115
  • Middle School (6th – 8th grade)
  • 34
  • High School (9th – 12th grade)
  • 52
New students accepted at Farber for the 2021-2022 school year (19 new families) 38
Percent of Farber’s 2020-2021 school year students who received some level of tuition assistance, at a cost of approximately $1.5 million 67%
Average elementary school student / teacher ratio during the 2020-2021 school year 9:1
Average middle school / high school student / teacher ratio during the 2020-2021 school year 6:1

Frankel Jewish Academy

Frankel Jewish Academy

Frankel Jewish Academy is a rigorous college preparatory high school pursuing academic excellence and Jewish literacy. We inspire students to think critically, creatively, and compassionately; to dedicate themselves to Jewish tradition, peoplehood, and the State of Israel; and to become lifelong learners and leaders. Along with rigorous academics, Frankel Jewish Academy cultivates the whole student, building critical thinking, encouraging creativity, and preparing students for a life of compassion shaped by Jewish values. Graduates emerge with the intellectual skills required to succeed at the most selective schools, as well as a deep sense of identity and purpose.

Number of high school students 138

FJA received $71,392 from the JFMD’s Emergency Fund Grant. This grant was used for PPE supplies and cleaning. PPE supplies purchased included Electrostatic Sprayers/EPA solution, plexiglass guards, hand sanitizer, masks, gloves, etc. Some of the funds were spent on initial prep and deep cleaning to return to the school and continuous additional cleaning. Funds were also used for technology costs to provide all teachers with Zoom licensing and upgrades to internet speed to manage the online learning volume.

Hebrew Free Loan

Hebrew Free Loan

Hebrew Free Loan provides interest-free business, educational and personal loans to Jews in need.

  • Percent of HFL personal loan recipients who report that the loan process was simple and efficient
  • 95%
  • Percent of loans performing at current repayment rate
  • 53%
  • Percent of personal loan recipients who report that the objective for which they applied for a loan, and received a loan, has been achieved or they are on track to achieve
  • 97%
Total loans distributed in FY21 364
Personal loans distributed in FY21 175
William Davidson Jewish College Loans distributed in FY21 180
Marvin I. Danto Small Business Loands distributed in FY21 9

Hillel Day School

Hillel Day School

Founded in 1958, Hillel Day School delivers an outstanding general and Jewish education to Jewish children in preschool through eighth grade. Hillel inspires a passion for learning, responsibility to self and community, and devotion to Jewish living in a warm, innovative and engaging environment. Hillel is at the forefront nationally in providing a modern education within a cutting-edge facility, together with up-to-date technology, to give our students every advantage for success. Hillel’s dual curriculum educates the whole child – academically, socially, and spiritually – and graduates students who possess essential tools for success in the global world they will inherit. Hillel is a community Jewish day school that is open and welcoming to children from every Jewish affiliation.

  • Percent of parents who are very happy with how responsive Hillel is to concerns about their child’s progress in school
  • 81%
  • Percent of Hillel’s K-8 students who receive some level of financial aid, at a cost of approximately $3.2 million
  • 60%
  • Percent of students who learned in-person in the 2020-21 academic year
  • 90%
  • Percent of students who learned remotely in the 2020-21 academic year
  • 10%
Early Childhood Center (ages 18 months to 5 years) 125 students
Elementary / Middle (kindergarten through 8th grade) 380 students
Number of new students who joined Hillel during the 2020-2021 academic year 80+
Percent of those new students who re-enroll for 2021-2022 97%
Student / teacher ratio in Gan-4 8:1
Student / teacher ratio in grades 5 – 8 No greater than 16:1

Hillel of Metro Detroit

Hillel of Metro Detroit

Hillel of Metropolitan Detroit serves college students on six local college campuses with a diverse array of cultural, social and religious programming. Headquartered on the campus of Wayne State University, HMD serves students at Lawrence Technological University, Oakland Community College, Oakland University, University of Detroit Mercy, University of Michigan – Dearborn and Wayne State University.

  • Number of hours of program staff 1:1 interaction with students
  • Over 400
  • Number of events during the 2020-2021 academic year
  • 115
  • Number of Jewish student event participants
  • 926
  • Number of total participants
  • 1,402

Israel Education
  • Number of Israel Fellowship particpants who reported the program deepened their knowledge about Israel
  • 90%
  • Percent of Israel Fellowship participants who report the program increased their confidence discussing Israel with other students
  • 100%
Leadership
  • Percent of HMD’s student leaders who believe that HMD’s training helped them develop their leadership skills
  • 91%
  • Percent who agreed that they see a connection between Judaism and leadership
  • 100%
  • Percent of students who say they feel more comfortable taking on leadership roles in the future
  • 91%
  • Percent of students who say they plan to stay involved with the Jewish community after graduation
  • 100%
Judaism Program (J-Talk)
  • Percent of participants who report J-Talk deepened their understanding of Judaism
  • 90%
  • Percent of participants who disclosed that J-Talk made Judaism more relevant in their lives
  • 90%
Number of Jewish students engaged 1,100
Number of students in J-Talk and Israel Fellowship 30
Number of hours pogram staff 1:1 with students 700
Nuymber of students engaged 1:1 with staff 110
Number of students engaged 1:1 with student leaders 120

JCC

JCC

Jewish Community Center supports Jewish unity, ensures Jewish continuity and enriches Jewish life while conveying the importance of well-being within the Jewish and general communities and the people of Israel. The JCC offers programming for families, children, teens and adults.

  • Percent of Jbaby alumni who said the prenatal program helped them for meaningful connections, build relationships, and find community
  • 98.3%
  • Percent of local families who report that participating in Jfamily programs or reading PJ Library books sparked conversations or inspired Jewish practices such as lighting shabbat candles or making challah
  • 85%
Virtual Book Fair Participants 5,230
Adult learners through the LJearn and Melton classes 1,720
Non-distinct swimmers at the JCC pool in the summer of 2020 8,278
Events hosted by JFamily 111
Families who receive PJ Library books each month 1,648

Note that most departments were not conducting any programming for the first 6 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the summer camp did not run in 2020, and the fitness center closed.

“I do not say this lightly: we have trusted the JCC Pitt CDC more than we have our own, blood family members. During a time when we haven’t felt safe enough to even go to the grocery store, the JCC Pitt CDC has cultivated an environment into which we no longer have to think twice about sending our children. If that’s not the definition of trust and family, then I don’t know what is.”
“The JLearn classes have been a real lifeline for me personally during this difficult time. They have given structure to my days. I have remained connected to the community and comforted by being invited into everyone’s home. I cannot imagine how we would have gotten through this time without JLearn.”
“As an interfaith family that is raising our children Jewish, it’s been so nice to meet other Jewish families at PJ programs – we always feel so welcomed. I love seeing people that I’ve met at PJ events at other social events or even at my son’s school.”

JCRC/AJC

JCRC / AJC

JCRC/AJD organizes five interfaith and intercultural councils including the Coalition for Black and Jewish Unity, Muslim Jewish Advisory Council, Detroit Interfaith Immigration Coalition, Michigan Interfaith Uyghur Coalition, and the Chaldean Jewish Coalition.

  • Number of broadcast interviews in which JCRC/AJC is included as a source or we contributed to a story
  • 60
  • Percent of of participants that had a meaningful experience at a JCRC/AJC event
  • 90%
  • Percent engaged out of the total universe of local media members who cover our work
  • 98%
  • Percentage of people who attend Israel education or advocacy programs who leave with an enhanced understanding of the situation in Israel or a more complete picture of Israel
  • 75%
  • Total attendance at interfaith and intergroup events
  • 2,000

  • Percent of event attendees* who agree that as a result of the program, they gained a deeper understanding the diversity that exists in the State of Israel
  • 100%
  • Percent of event attendees* who agree that as a result of the program, they are now more interested in learning about the experiences of Jews of diverse ethnic backgrounds in the Metro Detroit community
  • 100%

*Survey results from Israel Independence and the Great Ethiopian Exodus: The Richness of Diversity in the Jewish State, held on April 21, 2021 with over 40 attendees

Jewish Family Service

Jewish Family Service

Jewish Family Service provides a wide range of social services to community members of all ages and backgrounds. Each year, JFS assists approximately 12,000 individuals with case management, mental health and counseling services, healthcare navigation, emergency assistance, Holocaust Survivor and older adult services, volunteer programming and much more.

  • Total clients served
  • 3,000
  • Percent of clients who are satisfied with the service they are receiving at JFS
  • 96%
  • Percent of clients who report counseling is helpful to improve their quality of life and well-being
  • 91%
  • Number of individuals served through Kosher Meals on Wheels (in partnership with NCJW)
  • 250

  • Number of individuals served through Behavioral Health Services
  • 644
  • Number of households served through Family Support Services
  • 624
  • Number of total rides through transportation services (including meal delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic)
  • 24,000
Hours of individual client services 36,000
Number of volunteer service hours 11,000
Number of calls to the Resource Center 7,400
Number of clients receiving Holocaust Services 480

Jewish Senior Life

Jewish Senior Life

Nearly 1,000 residents annually across A. Alfred Taubman Campus in Oak Park and Eugene & Marcia Applebaum Jewish Community Campus in West Bloomfield (including independent apartments and assisted living residences.)

  • Number of annual attendees of Brown Jewish Community Adult Day Program
  • 92
  • Number of meals servied in FY 2021
  • 224,000
  • Number of interactions through the Jewish Chaplaincy and Outreach Program, including telephone calls and visits to older adults living in 80 secular nursing homes and Assisted Living environments
  • 36,000
  • Number of Holocaust survivors served
  • 220

JVS Human Services

JVS

JVS is a human services organization with four main locations in Metropolitan Detroit that helps people realize life’s potential through a variety of programs to maximize their self-sufficiency. The agency provides counseling, training, support services and comprehensive programs to older adults, at-risk youth, individuals with disabilities, unemployed workers, and people who are economically disadvantaged.

  • Number of job seekers who were unemployed, underemployed, transitioning careers or seeking a new career path who were supported by JVS in securing new employment
  • 951
  • Number of individuals who received financial counseling or financial education
  • 1,075
  • Number of resumes created for job seekers
  • 4,312
  • Number of individuals who participated in seminars or workshops to improve their employability
  • 10,771

  • Percent of Brown Center participants’ families who reported a positive effect on their loved one’s personal wellbeing, leading to increase independence for those living with dementia
  • 89%
  • Percent of Supports Coordination participants who were satisfied with services
  • 97%
  • Percent of care partners who reported an improved quality of life as a result of JVS’s Senior Services supporting their senior family member to continue to live at home
  • 89%

Quotes from clients

“John is so proud of the work that he does through JVS. When the Stay at Home order was issued, he was really worried he wouldn’t have a job anymore. He wanted to work! When his job was deemed essential, he was happy to be able to stay working—I was worried about him staying safe from the virus! JVS did such a great job of making sure he had the necessary equipment to stay safe on the job.” – Vocational Services
“Please tell your staff that your virtual programs for Carl are lifesavers!!! Julie and Michael are such good people, so talented, so kind – they really are lifesavers. Carl looks forward to these programs and is very disappointed if he has to miss one.” – Brown Center
“JVS Financial Literacy staff has been working with me for a little over a year to assist me in reducing debt. Not only have I successfully reduced my debt, but my credit score has increased high enough that I am qualified to purchase home which I was not capable of when I started.” – Financial Education

MSU Hillel / HCAM

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Michigan State University Hillel continues to build dynamic Jewish life on the Michigan State University campus and also creates programming and opportunities for Jewish students through its Hillel Campus Alliance of Michigan (HCAM) program at Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Grand Valley State, Northern Michigan, Michigan Tech, Saginaw Valley State, Albion, Alma and Kalamazoo Colleges.

  • Number of unduplicated MSU Hillel students engaged in an event or personal interaction in the 20201-2021 academic year
  • 1,423
  • Number of MSU Hillel programs and initiative provided to students in the 2020-2021 academic year
  • 201
  • Number of 1:1 interactions between Jewish MSU Hillel studens and Hillel staff
  • 9,612
  • Number of meals to go provided for Shabbat dinners and monthly brunches
  • 3,024
  • Number of students participating in virtual fellowships
  • 219

MSU Hillel
  • Percent of MSU Hillel students who report they have at least one Hillel staff member they feel comfortable engaging with
  • 98%
  • Percent of of Jewish MSU Hillel students who report that Hillel has helped them stay connected to community during the pandemic
  • 88%
  • Percent of Jewish MSU Hillel studnets who report that Hillel has added value to their academic year during a pandemic
  • 91%
  • Percent of Jewish MSU Hillel students who report a better college experience as a result of their involvement with Hillel
  • 97%
HCAM
Total number of unduplicated HCAM students engaged in a single activity of interaction in the 20-21 academic year to date 740
Total number of HCAM programs and intiiatives provided to Jewish and non-Jewish students inthe 20-21 academic year to date 117
Total number of students participating in virtual fellowships and retreats during the 20-21 academic year 137
Total number of 1:1 interactions between Jewish HCAM Hillel students and Hillel staff in the 20-21 academic year to date (average of four interactions or event attendance per student) 2,681
Total number of students participating in virtual fellowships and retreats during the 20-21 academic year 137
Percent of HCAM students who report they have at least one Hillel staff member they feel comfotable engaging with 99%
Percent of Jewish JCAM students who report that Hillel has helped them stay connected to community during the pandemic 97.5%
Percent of Jewish HCAM students who report that Hillel has added value to their academic year during a pandemic 95%
Percent of Jewish HCAM students who report a better college experience as a result of their involvement 97.5%
“Hillel has provided a sense of community and normality during these uncertain times. Being able to still, safely, celebrate Shabbat with other Jewish students and be able to participate in programs that expand my knowledge and are engaging are just a few things that I have liked from this past year with MSU Hillel”
“Even with everything being virtual, Hillel has been the one place this year that has remained constant in engaging and having fun experiences and opportunities to hang out with my friends at MSU safely”
“MSU Hillel has played a huge role in my student experience—as soon as I arrived, they delivered a welcome bag to my dorm room, and provided events for Jewish students to meet each other and get to know the Hillel staff. They host shabbat dinners every Friday so students can have a “home-cooked meal,” and on top of all of this, their building is open most days of the week so students can have a quiet space to study. Especially now, during COVID-19, Hillel has provided me and other students with shabbat-to-go meals, Sunday brunches and many other resources to help us succeed.” – Sloane Krugel (’23, Lyman Briggs College)
“I love everyone [involved in HCAM] so much I could cry. It’s nice to hang with people that have common interests!”

Tamarack Camps

Tamarack Camps

Tamarack Camps, established by the Fresh Air Society, builds a vibrant community by providing enriching Jewish camping experiences for children and families, respectful of financial ability.

  • Number of campers in the summer of 2021
  • 917
  • Number of camp social workers
  • 5

University of Michigan Hillel

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University of Michigan Hillel is the second largest student organization at the University of Michigan, housing more student-run programs than any other group except for the University Activities Center. The organization facilitates more than 60 student groups representing a diverse spectrum of approaches to Jewish life and incubating the next generation of leadership of the American Jewish community.

  • Percent of respondents who report that they have at least one Hillel staff member they feel comfortable engaging with
  • 83%
  • Percent of respondents who report that they have at least one student leader they feel comfortable engaging with
  • 89%
  • Percent of respondents who report feeling connected to the Jewish community as a result of their participation in Hillel programming
  • 91%
  • Percent of respondents who report that they learned something new about Jewish life as a result of participating in Hillel programming
  • 83%
  • Percent of respondents who report that Hillel has contributed positively to their growth as a leader
  • 100%
Number of unduplicated undergraduate students contacted by UM Hillel in the 2020-2021 academic year 4,913
Number of unduplicated undergraduate Jewish students we will engage in a single activity or interaction in 2020-2021 2,416

Yeshiva Beth Yehuda

Yeshiva Beth Yehudah

Yeshiva Beth Yehudah continues to produce thousands of students who are proud to be Jewish and form much of the core of our vibrant Jewish Detroit. We are creating the future leaders and members of our community by teaching our students love of Torah, love of Eretz Yisrael, and deep appreciation for the values of a Torah way of life.

  • Percent of Boys School Students who graduate
  • 100%
  • Percent of Boys School Students who go on to higher education
  • 98%
Number of students enrolled across all division 1,175
Dedicated staff members 350+
Percent of students who benefit from tuition assistance 83%
Number of hours of education for the 20201-2021 school year 1,477,166
Number of breafast and lunch meals served to students 93,000+

Yeshiva Gedolah

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Yeshiva Gedolah educates the next generation of Jewish leaders in our community through a strong curriculum steeped in Jewish learning and tradition.

  • Graduation rate
  • 100%
  • Number of students enrolled in Boys High School
  • 110

Yeshivas Darchei Torah

Yeshivas Darchei Torah

Yeshivas Darchei Torah provides a stellar Jewish and secular education for hundreds of preschool through high school students. Our community-wide Helping Hand program, Big Brother/Little Brother, Big Sister/Little Sister, elderly visitations, fall clean up, and charity benefits are just a few examples of how we inculcate in our children the obligation and privilege of being a part of our wonderful community.

  • Number of preschool students
  • 114
  • Number of students grades 1 – 8
  • 334
  • Number of high school girl students
  • 54
  • Number of students enrolled across preschool through high school
  • 504

JFMD Affinities Department

We create meaningful touch points for like-minded groups through creative programming for under-engaged community members. This engagement leads to an increased and deeper connection to the community and commitment to Jewish philanthropy.

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Farber Hebrew Day School

We provide a Judaic Studies and college preparatory program in a Modern Orthodox, Zionist environment that nurtures personal and intellectual growth, social and moral responsibility and a strong sense of self for each student.

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American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

We are the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization, working in more than 70 countries and Israel to rescue Jews at risk, to bring relief to Jews in dire need and to renew Jewish community life in areas where it has not been allowed to flourish.

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Birthright Israel-Taglit

We seek to increase the annual number of Jews visiting Israel by providing the gift of first-time educational trips to the Holy Land for thousands of mostly unaffiliated Jewish young adults.

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BBYO

We shape our community’s next generation of leaders by positively impacting the lives of Jewish teens in Metro Detroit, providing them with meaningful Judaic, social justice and leadership development programming.

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Jewish Education

We ensure that the local community receives the highest quality Jewish education and identity building services by creating, planning and convening programs and engaging the community and its leadership. The community also offers scholarships to ensure that children who need assistance have access to Jewish education through congregational and/or afternoon Jewish school programs.

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Frankel Jewish Academy

We immerse our students in high-caliber academics and Jewish thought and help them develop a passion for arts and athletics. Our graduates move into the world as literate Jews, educated young adults and committed Zionists.

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Hebrew Free Loan

We provide Jewish community members with interest-free business, educational and personal loans that help them establish businesses, afford college, cover medical and dental expenses, adopt children, celebrate weddings and handle emergency situations.

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Hillel Campus Alliance of Michigan

We provide meaningful Jewish experiences and connection for students on ten college campuses throughout the state of Michigan under the auspices of MSU Hillel.

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Hillel Day School

We inspire a passion for learning, responsibility and community — and devotion to Jewish living — in a warm and engaging environment for all Jewish families wishing to provide their children with an outstanding Jewish and general education.

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Hillel of Metro Detroit

We provide students on college campuses in and around Detroit with inspired Jewish programming that creates memorable experiences and helps them build their individual Jewish identities.

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University of Michigan Hillel

We provide important Judaic programming and help create the next generation of American Jewish leaders through Jewish programming and facilitation of student groups representing a diverse spectrum of approaches to Jewish life.

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Israel & Overseas Programs

We build our local community connection to Israel, fund and help implement overseas designated projects and participate in the collective support for world Jewry.

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Jewish Agency for Israel

We ensure the future of a connected, committed global Jewish people with a strong Israel at its center by rescuing and resettling new immigrants, connecting the global Jewish family to Israel, social activism and strengthening Jewish identity among young Israelis.

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JFMD / Jewish Community Archives

The Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives was established in 1991 as a Federation department. We collect, preserve, and make available for research primary source materials that provide understanding and context of Detroit’s Jewish history.

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Jewish Community Center

We build and strengthen Metro Detroit’s entire community by providing programs that enhance Jewish continuity and identity in such areas as health, recreation, education, cultural arts and camping.

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Jewish Community Relations Council / AJC

We tell Israel’s and the Jewish community’s stories through the news media, educating and mobilizing our community’s activists and building important relationships with our non-Jewish neighbors.

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Jewish Family Service

We provide services for those most in need, helping uninsured adults receive healthcare, families avoid foreclosure, older adults age with dignity and households meet needs as basic as food and shelter.

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Jewish Senior Life

We are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the older Jewish adults in our community through programs and services that support aging with dignity, choice and independence.

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JVS Human Services

We help those with and without disabilities meet life challenges affecting their self-sufficiency through counseling, training and support services in accordance with the Jewish values of equal opportunity, compassion and responsibility.

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Michigan State University Hillel

We continue to build dynamic Jewish life on the MSU campus and develop the next generation of Jewish leaders with Judaism-inspired programs, initiatives and activities that create memorable experiences.

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JFMD NEXTGen Detroit Department

We are Federation’s platform to attract, engage and retain the next generation of Jewish Detroiters and are continuing to develop a new model to transform our community to make it a meaningful home for young Jews of every age and affiliation.

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Tamarack Camps

We build a vibrant community by providing enriching Jewish camping experiences for children and families, respectful of financial ability.

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World ORT

We are dedicated to the advancement of Jewish and other people all over the world and provide training and education so that communities learn to be self-sufficient through the use of state-of-the-art technology.

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JFMD Women’s Philanthropy Department

Connect women through volunteerism, engagement and philanthropy, and empowers them to meet the needs of the Jewish community and build a vibrant Jewish future in Detroit, in Israel and around the world. Women’s Philanthropy’s dynamic programming creates leaders, addresses needs and ensures a stronger tomorrow.

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Yeshiva Beth Yehudah

We create future community and Jewish leaders by teaching our students love of Torah, love of Eretz Yisrael and a deep appreciation for the values of a Torah way of life.

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Yeshivas Darchei Torah

We provide an exceptional Jewish and secular education for students while also teaching our children how to care for the public through a variety of programs and initiatives that focus on giving back to their community.

Yeshiva Gedolah of Greater Detroit

We educate the next generation of Jewish leaders in our community through a strong curriculum steeped in Jewish learning and tradition.

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