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What is Federation? – Who We Are

The Jewish Federation of the North Shore (JFNS) opened it doors in 1938, and for more than seventy years the principle has remained the same - individual commitment to the greater good of the community.

JFNS seeks to build a vibrant Jewish community and to raise the funds necessary to help Jews and Jewish agencies on the North Shore, in Israel and around the world - wherever there is need. JFNS supports a framework that sustains our local and global Jewish community.

The Jewish community on the North Shore is the thread that binds the vital institutions built by our forward thinking predecessors. Because of the investment of these mavericks, ours is a robust Jewish community that attracts young families who want to live fulfilling Jewish lives. We can boast numerous synagogues, representing all facets of Judaism, two Jewish community centers, an excellent day school, a community Jewish newspaper, a family service agency, a Holocaust educational center, an historical society and a mikvah. JFNS impacts all by convening the leadership of these institutions to work, in the spirit of cooperation, for the good of the entire community and by providing grants for collaborative and innovative programs.

JFNS also works to create a link to Israel. Not only does our annual Community Campaign support services and programs in Israel but, by offering and supporting guided trips to Israel for teens, singles, couples and, families, we inspire people to see our history come alive and to become aware of the essential need to support our Jewish homeland. Through our overseas partners - the American Jewish Joint distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Israel - donors to the Community Campaign know that their philanthropy is providing rescue and relief for Jews wherever they live.

Of the core competencies of JFNS, none is greater or more important than our ability to raise the funds needed to sustain and enhance Jewish life around the corner and around the world. Today the annual campaign impacts our local agencies and a network of others, providing assistance and education to Jewish communities throughout the globe. The centralized campaign gives donors the opportunity to live generously - to demonstrate care for the community without limitation. One gift to the Community Campaign is a statement of commitment to the North Shore and every Jew in it, as well as our family in Israel and around the world. A gift says we care about people, not politics or religious practices.

Federation offers several ways to give - donations, bequests, donor advised funds, tributes and more. Please call Interim Director Kimberlee Schumacher 978-224-4902 or email to discuss what is best for you, and visit our Giving Page or click here to donate now.


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Jewish Federation of the North Shore
39 Norman Street, Suite 302
Salem, MA 01970
Tel. 978-224-4900
FAX 978-744-0765

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