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Each responsible, one for the other.

Our extended family in Israel and around the world is never far from our minds and hearts. That’s why our Israel & Overseas Task Force works tirelessly to study their needs and weigh options to address next year’s global concerns. Working alongside our partners on the ground, committee members establish priorities, allocate resources and make some tough decisions.

40% of our overseas allocation goes to Core funding, which are unrestricted funds to our historic overseas partners, The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), and World ORT allowing them to plan for and support Jewish needs in Israel and around the world that reflect our communities overseas priorities.

The other 60% goes to Community Elective Funding. The specific programs supported in 2019 are based on the following Israel and Overseas Funding Priorities:

Basic Human Needs (Food, Shelter, Healthcare) – Providing for an individual’s basic human needs including food, shelter, & health care.
Populations at Risk – Helping people dealing with crisis (and disability) reach their full potential, including early childhood education and assisting at-risk Israeli youth with academic and enrichment opportunities.
Jewish Identity (Building) and Renewal – Creating an environment for enhancing Jewish identity in Israel and overseas, to strengthen individual and collective Jewish identity and Jewish education worldwide, linking Jewish communities and global Jewish connectedness.
Peoplehood/ Building Connections – Highlighting and fostering a unified Jewish experience with common Jewish values among all Jews to ensure the enduring vitality of the Jewish collective by strengthening Jewish peoplehood.
Absorption – Assisting in integration and absorption of new immigrants to Israel and strengthening the Jewish Collective.
Advancing Israeli Society – Encouraging democratic values and promoting openness to thought and discourse, bridging some of the deep divides that are reflected in Israel and helping vulnerable populations achieve their potential as full members of Israeli society.
Promoting Aliyah – Providing tools for promotion of aliyah of new immigrants to Israel.
 

If your organization is interested in submitting a Grant Application to the Israel & Overseas Task Force, please contact Melody DeSanto at MelodyD@bocafed.org or 561.852.3239.

More information on the overseas agencies that Federation supports: Overseas Beneficiaries »


2018-2019 Task Force Members

Gail Greenspoon, Chair
Joseph Sontz, Vice-Chair
Jane Cornell
Andrea Dubroff
Chana Feinberg
Shari Gellar
Adam Ginsburg
  Yudi Gross
Gary Hertzberg
Eydie Holtz
Mandy Hurwitz
Betty Kane
Hal Klein
Wendy Koolik
  Adele Lebersfeld
Barbara Lewin
Chuck Lichtman
Majorie Marlowe
Rabbi Phillip Moskowitz
Helene Paul
  Judi Schuman
Tadd Schwab
Shirley Solomon
Eric Stein
Frank Weinstock
Dorothy Wizer

2019-2020 Task Force Members

Gail Greenspoon, Chair
Joseph Sontz, Vice-Chair
Jane Cornell
Andrea Dubroff
Chana Feinberg
Shari Gellar
Yudi Gross
  Eydie Holtz
Mandy Hurwitz
Betty Kane
Hal Klein
Adele Lebersfeld
April Leavy
  Barbara Lewin
Chuck Lichtman
Majorie Marlowe
Helene Paul
Judi Schuman
Tadd Schwab
  Shirley Solomon
Naomi Steinberg
Eric Stein
Frank Weinstock
Randi Winter
Dorothy Wizer

Israel & Overseas Staff

Dana Vizner,
Chief Planning Officer
561.852.3270 | DanaV@bocafed.org

Melody DeSanto,
Senior Program Associate
561.852.3239 | MelodyD@bocafed.org

 
 

Barbara Kabatznik,
Director of Israel Engagement
561.852.6050 | BarbaraK@bocafed.org

Suzie Bassoff
Administrative Assistant
561.852.5015 | SuzanneB@bocafed.org