Federation is leading and funding five initiatives—called Outcomes—that address unmet needs in our local and overseas communities.
These include programs for Jewish youth identity, interfaith families & newcomers, and caregivers in Atlanta; and for youth & elderly in the Former Soviet Union city of Minsk, Belarus, and at-risk populations in our partnership region of Yokneam-Megiddo, Israel.
Your Federation provides outreach programs and services that guide Atlanta Jews to become engaged in the community.
"Through Pathways, I learned that there are other interfaith couples out there in similar scenarios and that we are not alone. Also, I learned that there are numerous resources available to support our journey."
Your Federation provides relief to Jewish caregivers of elderly family members and those with mental, physical, or emotional needs by providing information, transportation, and respite care.
"I occasionally have to travel for work and it has been wonderful to know that my family member can get to medical appointments and has someone to look in on him when I am away, thanks to Caregiver CARE."
Your Federation provides family education, teen enrichment, and professional development to help Atlanta's Jewish youth become conﬁdent in their Jewish identity.
"Before entering the Jewish Student Club, I was on the verge of losing my Judaism for good, as if it was fading away into nothingness. The leader of the club opened my eyes to an entire world that I had forgotten. This was when I noticed I was assimilating into the culture. Before, I didn't care to marry Jewish or keep the traditions. I was like a child experiencing something for the very ﬁrst time."
Your Federation builds communities for Jewish youth, teenagers, and elderly in the Former Soviet Union city of Minsk, Belarus.
Katya, 15 years old, about her Minsk Family Camp experience: "I have had so many positive impressions that it's difficult to choose just one. I feel it is important for me to know about my heritage and people in order to have a well-rounded personality. The future cannot be bright without an understanding of the past. But we didn't just learn about Jewish history; the camp helped me get to know myself as a Jew and to feel the spirit of the community. It is a very compelling feeling and now I can't imagine living without it."
Your Federation creates self-sufﬁciency through education and employment for Ethiopian-Israeli children, youth, and their parents.
Recently, Israeli TV interviewed a family in Yokneam-Megiddo about their participation in the Families program, which JFGA began two years ago. The mother said, "I think there is an advantage in this program: Learning how to ﬁsh rather than having it given to you. You have a goal, not as if you are being pitied. Someone comes and tells you, 'You have dreams, let's make them work.'"