Welcome to the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County
Since 1977, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County has been working to build a strong Jewish community that enriches people’s lives, helps those in need, and embraces all Jewish families. With member support, our recipient organizations in Orange County help thousands of people here at home and through the Jewish Federations of North America, aid Jewish communities at risk in Israel and around the world.
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Stand Together With Israel
Representatives from the Jewish Federations of Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster Counties
Present Rep. Pat Ryan with Thank You Letter for Supporting Israel, Fighting Antisemitism
KINGSTON, NY, January 17, 2024- Just over 100 days since Hamas’s brutal attack on Israel, representatives from the Jewish Federations of Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster Counties presented Rep. Pat Ryan and his staff with a thank you letter, with nearly 400 local signatures, for his ardent support of Israel’s right to exist, his ongoing fight against antisemitism, and his continued efforts to free hostages still held by Hamas, including American citizens and Hudson Valley residents. The Jewish Federations peacefully presented their thank you letter at Rep. Ryan’s Kingston office, which was besieged by anti-Israel protestors nearly two weeks ago.
“We’ve seen the increasingly threatening anti-Israel protests across this country, and we came today with an important message: Just because an opinion is voiced loudly does not mean it's accurate or representative of us all. We represent hundreds of Hudson Valley constituents who proudly stand with Congressman Ryan and thank him for his continued support of Israel, as well as his work to combat antisemitism in the Hudson Valley.” – Karen Hochhauser, Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Dutchess County.
“The last 100 days have been extraordinarily difficult for Jews around the world. We’ve watched neighbors cheer the murder of Jews, deny that the mass rape of Israeli women even occurred, and show no concern at all for the American citizens still held hostage. With Orange County native, Judith Haggai, brutally murdered by Hamas, very few have stepped up to express their support for the Jewish community. We are lucky to have a Congressman who stands up to the persistent antisemitism in the Hudson Valley and around the country. Thank you Congressman Ryan for clearly and forcefully fighting alongside the Jewish people against this overwhelming current of hate and violence.” – Wendy Cedar, MBA, Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County.
“Our heart breaks for the people of Israel, who have experienced unspeakable anguish, and I firmly believe Congressman Ryan’s message is one we should all get behind. Bring the hostages home, remove Hamas, and rededicate ourselves to a lasting peace. That’s what we should be focused on, not calls for a unilateral ceasefire, which would allow Hamas to commit the horrors of October 7th over and over again. Congressman Ryan is a true champion of the Hudson Valley Jewish community, and today’s outpouring of support proves that.” – Rondavid Gold, President, Jewish Federation of Ulster County
For background on the details indicated here, please see the links and letter below. If you are a Hudson Valley resident, and have not yet signed the thank you letter, there’s still time!
Thank You Letter has nearly 400 signatures from Hudson Valley constituents.
Jewish Federations also thank Rep. Ryan for continued work to free hostages still held by Hamas,
including American citizens and the families of Hudson Valley residents.
Executive Directors of the Jewish Federations of Dutchess and Orange Counties, Karen Hochhauser
(center) and Wendy Cedar (right) present Rep. Ryan's staff with thank you letter
Representatives from the Jewish Federations of Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster Counties meet at
Rep. Ryan's office in Kingston to present thank you letter.
Shalom Federation Community,
As we learned on the news, Hamas launched a war with Israel that has quickly become the most serious security breach since the Yom Kippur War 50 years ago. Many Israelis have already been killed and hundreds hospitalized. Jewish Federations of North America stands in complete solidarity with Israel and Eric Fingerhut, JFNA President and CEO, is currently in Israel. JFNA is coordinating with the Jewish Agency for Israel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and the Israel Trauma Coalition, as they prepare to provide the critical care and support to those affected. JFNA has opened an emergency fund to support these efforts. Use this link if you wish to donate to this fund: https://jfeds.org/israelfund2023
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Our Next Choose Your Own Adventure Shabbat At Home Experience will be February's Shabbat-To-Go Bags!
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Details Coming Soon For Our March: CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE! NEWBURGH JCC SHABBAT EXPERIENCE!
The Choose Your Own Adventure Shabbat Experience; a free ongoing program, made possible by a grant from PJ Library. This is a collaborative event with the Newburgh JCC, The Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County, held at Kol Yisrael, 290 North St, Newburgh
Sunday, Feb. 4th~ 2PM
with The Jewish Federations of Orange & Dutchess Counties &
Temple Sinai, Middletown (Adult Education Program)
For Recording of Kantika Click Here!
Thank you to our sponsors for this event!
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Jewish in OC Micro-Grants
The Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County is excited to announce our first ever round of Jewish in OC Micro-Grants!
Goals: The goal of this program is to bring out new ideas in the Orange County Jewish community which will bring the community together, connect people to the community, positively impact the community, and help the community learn and grow together.
Jewish Experience Scholarships
Need-based scholarships to Jewish families residing in Greater Orange County for Jewish educational programs and experiences including Religious School/Hebrew School at Federation-affiliated synagogues, youth group conventions including USY, NFTY, BBYO, Young Judea, and Hadassah, and other Jewish Experiences upon approval by the Scholarship Committee. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.