The Jewish Federation of Louisville is the resource development division of the Jewish Community of Louisville. It ensures the strength of the community through the Annual Federation Campaign, the Jewish Foundation of Louisville, leadership development and community planning.
Together, through the Annual Federation Campaign, we do extraordinary things. Volunteers and professionals raise funds and allocate those resources to provide financial support for social service agencies here and help Jews-at-risk in Israel and around the world.
Funds raised by the Federation Campaign support a family of local constituent agencies: Jewish Family & Career Services, Louisville Beit Sefer Yachad (formerly the Louisville Hebrew School), The Temple Hebrew School, the High School of Jewish Studies and the Vaad Hakashruth.
Funds raised by the Campaign also support programs and services the JCL delivers through direct programming through the Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Foundation of Louisville, Hillel, the Jewish Community Relations Council and Community, Louisville’s Jewish newspaper.
These agencies address essential human needs through individual and family counseling, older adult services, employment assistance, health services, Jewish education, culture, camping and recreation programs, and advocacy and resettlement services for refugees. Additional programs and services are designed to improve the quality of life for Louisville’s Jewish community.
Funds raised by the Federation Campaign also provide for overseas needs by supporting the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI). These organizations provide food, medicine and basic services to frail, impoverished Jewish seniors and identity-building Jewish camping experiences for youths in Ukraine, Belarus and other Eastern European Countries. They ensure the Cuban Jewish community has supplies for Passover. They also help families at risk, individuals with disabilities and families suffering from the trauma of rocket attacks in Israel by ensuring they have access to the services they need. We are making a difference in more than 70 countries around the world.
The Campaign supports our parent organizations, Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Community Centers Association, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and others.
Leon Wahba, Chair, 2016 Federation Campaign
Matt Goldberg, Development Director
Frankye Gordon, Development Director
Kristy Benefield, Development Associate