The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)
The Jewish Agency is dedicated to forging a close and meaningful partnership between the Jews of Israel and Jews throughout the rest of the world, based upon a commitment to the continuity and thriving of the Jewish people. Federation’s core funding to JAFI helps sustain the global infrastructure that allows a vast program network to operate, reaching 1.6 million Jewish adults and children in dozens of countries and changing the destiny of the Jewish people. It is this global infrastructure that allows JAFI to maintain readiness to respond to crises that affect the Jewish people, whether through evacuations from danger or providing immediate assistance to terror victims. Core funding to JAFI also helps to advance organizational initiatives that continue to bring Jewish communities together, help to strengthen the State of Israel, and cultivate a sense of global Jewish peoplehood through enhancing Jewish identity. In addition to “core funding”, the following elective programs are funded:
Har’el Pre-Army Academy
This program provides support, guidance, and education to a cohort of approximately 25 young Russian-speaking olim (immigrants) ages 17 to 19 who have graduated from high school and are preparing for enlistment in the IDF. Many of these young men and women are graduates of The Jewish Agency’s Na’ale program (a Hebrew acronym that stands for “Youth Immigrating before Their Parents,”) which offers young Jews from around the world an Israeli education, and the option to make liyah after graduation. The Harel Pre-Army Academy runs for six months each year at a youth village in Jerusalem, a location that deepens participants’ sense of connection to the history of Israel and their place within it.
The Jewish Agency’s Amigour is the leading sheltered housing company and one of the largest public housing groups in Israel. Amigour provides and operates heavily subsidized housing for some of Israel’s most vulnerable populations. Federation’s support in the coming year will purchase specially-designed outdoor exercise equipment for the elderly who live in a facility in Be’er Sheva.
MASA Israel Journey
MASA provides thousands of Jewish young adults with transformative Israel immersion programs, deepening their Jewish identity and understanding of Israel. 12,000 participants aged 18 to 30 joined a dynamic array of gap year, study abroad, and post-college programs ranging in length from five to 12 months. With the vision that every young Jew in the world will spend a substantial period of time in Israel, Masa enables thousands of young Jewish adults to embark on a journey of self-growth and “live like a local” in Israel while discovering a personal sense of Jewish peoplehood.
Onward Israel is based on the premise that bringing young Jews to Israel in the context of first-hand experiences with modern Israeli society results in a substantive understanding of Israel, a connection to Israeli peers, and a commitment to Israel and Jewish peoplehood. Building from short-term Israel experiences such as Taglit-Birthright, Onward offers an opportunity for young adults aged 19-27 years, who live or go to school in our local community, to return to Israel and strengthen their resumes through a uniquely designed, immersive Tel Aviv internship experience. Additionally, “cohort” design of the South Palm Beach County Onward program provides a unique opportunity for our young adults to build relationships with their local peers, which strengthens personal connections to one-another, and to our South Palm Beach Jewish community.
PARTNER2GETHER (P2G) – Zichron Yaakov
Partnership2Gether provides a meaningful partnership between South Palm Beach County and Zichron Yaakov in Israel through joint-programming between the two communities. P2G allows members of our two communities to create connections and enduring relationships between one-another.
Summer Camps in FSU
Jewish Agency summer camps and afterschool programs in the Former Soviet Union (FSU) provide an enjoyable, educational forum for thousands of young Jews aged 8-25 years to learn about Jewish life and Israel. Participants form long-lasting bonds with Jewish peers, learn about Jewish traditions, explore Jewish culture, become familiar with local Jewish life, and get to know Israel. The camps strengthen the participants’ sense of Jewish identity and connection to Israel that will ensure the continuity of the FSU’s Jewish communities.