Jewish Life

Our rich tradition has survived for millennia because of our partnership in creation with Hashem, centered on chesed, mitzvot and tikkun olam. All of these values and practices require participation in daily Jewish life and ritual, particularly as a community, a family.

When we hear the Purim megillah, sit down to a Passover seder, dance with the Torah on Simchat Torah, and light the menorah on Chanukah, we unite as a community. When we provide opportunities and support to perform mitzvot and learn more about our traditions and customs, we educate ourselves and our youth, creating special and memorable occasions for Jews of all ages.

That’s what Jewish Federation and our partner organizations do: make the experience of communal Jewish life as rewarding and meaningful as possible.

  • Giving Bat Mitzvah Girl Turns to Jewish Federation

    Valerie Maier of New Jersey, whose grandparents survived the Holocaust and passed down a family tradition of helping others, asked her bat mitzvah guests to forego presents in favor of donations she could use to assist the less fortunate.