The Jewish Federation of Greater El Paso is the one place that belongs to every Jew in El Paso. We are the heirs to the efforts of generations of Jewish El Pasoans who built the institutions in our community and made El Paso a good place to live Jewishly.
For more than 80 years, our Federation has helped sustain and improve the quality of Jewish life in Greater El Paso, in Israel and around the world. With strength in numbers, along with the other 156 Federations, we have the resources to act nationally and globally on challenges such as anti-Semitism, Israel advocacy and the quality of Jewish life for Jews everywhere and we are there to support those affected by natural and man-made disasters.
According to Jewish tradition, the highest form of tzedakah is giving to a community fund, or kuppah. Throughout Jewish history, it was the custom of Jewish communities to create an address for centralized giving. This guaranteed the privacy and dignity of the poor, as well as the successful maintenance of communal "agencies."
Now it is our turn to do our share. The Annual Community Campaign of the Jewish Federation of Greater El Paso is our central fund to ensure the vitality of our local Jewish community, as well as the support needed for Jewish communities in Israel and around the world ; our Kuppah.
We continue the tradition. Click here to contribute today. Your contribution saves lives and helps feed the flame of Jewish identity so it will shine brighter every day. Thank you.
In addition to the local Grants awarded by the Granting Panel (see detail on the right column), the Federation Board also allocates funds to some National organizations as well as internal functions of the Federation for the benefit of the whole Jewish Community. These allocations DO NOT INCLUDE in-kind allocations of staff time devoted to some of these programs. In 2017, these allocations were:
Birthright Israel: $7,205
Camperships and Scholarships: $9,500
Community Programs and Events: $7,000
JCC Preschool Support: $60,000
PJ Library local program: $6,135
Senior Transportation Program: $ 14,000
SKIP Program: $2,700
Yom HaAtzmaut Celebration: $8,500
Jewish Film Series: $8,000
TOTAL ALLOCATED: $202,931
TOTAL GRANTS AWARDED: $152,105
TOTAL DISTRIBUTION TO GRANTS AND ALLOCATIONS: $355,036
The Federation awards Grants locally out of the resources of the Annual Community Campaign. These grants are the product of a community wide Granting Process that involves input from the different segments of our community. Every Jewish Organization in the Greater El Paso area can qualify to receive a grant. The Grants awarded in 2016 for FY 2017, included:
Temple Beth-El (Las Cruces) Speakers $13,143
Congregation B'nai Zion (4 projects) $9,684
El Paso Holocaust Museum (2 projects) $10,373
El Paso Jewish Academy/JCC Preschool (5 projects) $36,796
El Paso Pro Musica (2 projects) $2,794
Inter American Jewish Studies Program at UTEP (Speakers) $31,929
Jewish Family and Children Services (1 project) $21,747
Temple Mount Sinai (8 projects) $25,639
TOTAL GRANTS: $152,105 for 24 projects
The Federation Movement embraces the responsibility trusted upon us for Jews around the world. We do it, because Jews anywhere are our family, our Mischpocha. Being a Jew is about responsibility. Responsibility for our own action or inactions, as well as the idea of collective responsibility for those in danger or in need. The Federation movement is the vehicle through which the American Jewish Community fulfills that responsibility, in partnership with the Jewish Agency for Israel, the Joint Distribution Committee, World ORT, and many others. CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT YOUR DOLLARS DO AROUND THE WORLD