Go Forward

For generations, Jewish communities across North America have raised funds through their annual Federation campaigns. Those funds are distributed to constituent agencies throughout the community that provide services, programs and support to individuals, families and groups working to improve life for all.

Here in Louisville, early efforts to raise funds within the Jewish community began around 1922-1923 with a movement to raise funds for a Jewish War Relief Fund with a goal of $150,000 for Kentucky. Louis Cohen directed this initiative.

February of 1934 saw the creation of the Louisville Conference of Jewish Organizations and Charles W. Morris was elected chairman of the organization. The Conference’s goal was to organize one campaign to raise funds each year to benefit local affiliated agencies as well as many national Jewish groups.

Many successful campaigns throughout the years have raised great sums to provide services and programs, as well as to answer the call of special circumstances throughout the world, and to support the Louisville Jewish and greater community. In 1967, after the eruption of the six-day war in May, the Louisville Federation Annual Campaign surpassed the $1,000,000 mark and after the Yom Kippur War in October of 1973, members of the Louisville Jewish community broke all records with a Campaign that raised $2,000,000. Today, we continue to go forward with successful campaigns thanks to support of our co-chairs and our faithful and dedicated donors.

There is so much left to do and we need the community’s help. Please answer the call for support this year. GO FORWARD TOGETHER.