JHFE Invests in Jewish Community with $355K Grant to Federation, JCC

The Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence has announced its latest grant to the Jewish Community of Louisville for a total of $355,340. The grant reaffirms JHFE’s partnership with the JCL and its support of the JCL’s mission.

There are several parts to the grant.

In recognition of the importance of the Annual Federation Campaign to the community and the funding it provides for Louisville’s Jewish agencies and programs, JHFE approved a grant of $100,000 for the 2014 Federation Campaign.

To support the quality programming the JCC provides for seniors, JHFE approved a grant of $15,340 for senior services. The fund also approved $10,000 for kosher food items for the senior lunch program.

To ensure that Louisville’s Jewish children and teens have the opportunity to attend Jewish overnight summer camp or participate in teen Israel programs, JHFE approved a grant of $30,000 for scholarships.

JHFE also affirms the commitment the JCL Board made in its recently adopted strategic plan that the community belongs in the Jewish Community Center business and that for at least the next three to five years the JCC will remain in its present facility.

To help the JCC meet the needs and be competitive in the community, JHFE has approved a grant of $200,000 for facility upgrades and improvements as prioritized by the JCL. Coming soon the community will find newly renovated men’s and women’s locker rooms, improved program and health and wellness spaces, security upgrades and other infrastructure improvements that while not always visible will enhance experiences throughout the building.

JHFE also wants to ensure that it is working in partnership with the community when it invests in the JCC, so it has issued a challenge: If the community can raise $120,000 for additional infrastructure needs at the JCC by the end of calendar year 2014, JHFE will provide a match of an additional $120,000.

“By its ongoing support,” said Jewish Federation Vice President and CDO Stew Bromberg, “JHFE has demonstrated its faith in the JCL as an organization and its commitment to ensuring the future of the Louisville Jewish community. Now it is up to us, as a community, to confirm that faith and raise the dollars necessary to meet the fund’s $120,000 challenge.”

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