• MVJF Supports the Yemin Orde Youth Village in Israel

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  • Help Earthquake Victims in Nepal - 100% of money raised will go to relief efforts.

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  • Camp Hadar is sailing into summer! Family Day July 12.

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Shalom from the Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation

We are a welcoming, caring community with active synagogues, summer camp, service organizations and Federation programs. Come join us!

Building A Future

Federation invests in programs that foster Jewish joy, learning and connections for children, teens, college students and young families. These efforts include The PJ Library Program, Jewish Family Initiative, Israel travel subsidies, Taglit-Birthright Israel, UMass Hillel Shabbat celebrations, Camper scholarships and grants to local synagogues and organizations.

Caring and Helping

Programs funded by Jewish Federation make a difference for people in need locally, in Israel and around the world. Federation gives life-saving relief to desperate Jews living in places where no social services exist. We provide disaster response and assistance to some of the world's most vulnerable people and resources to restore and rebuild Jewish life in countries where it has been diminished or extinguished.

We are One People

Federation connects the Merrimack Valley Jewish community with the people of Israel. Our service delivery partners provide on-going assistance to the elderly and disabled, holocaust victims, new immigrants, hungry children, and families living with terrorism. In addition, the MVJF has developed a personal connection with the Yemin Orde Youth Village near Haifa.

It's all about Community

The Federation is the only community-wide Jewish organization that serves the spectrum of Jewish life and observance throughout the Merrimack Valley. The MVJF produces community activities, serves as a voice of the Jewish community, convenes community members to share knowledge, ideas and experiences, and organizes community responses to crises locally and abroad.

 

Over 7,300 people have died and over 14,000 have been injured from the earthquake. More than 191,000 homes have been destroyed, and over 175,000 sustained damage. The United Nations reports that only 2% of the total financial needs have been provided to the Nepal earthquake response. Insufficient resources are of particular concern given the approaching monsoon season forecast to begin in approximately six weeks.

 

JDC's Rapid Response & Assessment team continues to deliver critical assistance to victims who lost their homes, livelihoods, and most devastatingly, their loved ones, in the disaster.

 

* JDC is helping remote villages that have sustained widespread house destruction receive critical relief supplies including medicine and tents, in partnership with Heart to Heart.

 

* JDC has assisted the IDF Field Hospital in treating over 700 patients to date by providing medical equipment and supplies.

 

* JDC is ensuring that new shipments of requested medical and relief supplies coming from the United States from partners such as the Afya Foundation are reaching those most in need.

Together, We are helping the Jews in Ukraine

 

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s annual Winter Relief program  – delivering tons of heating fuel, warm bedding, and clothing to needy Jews across the former Soviet Union – has been critically expanded in Ukraine this year to respond to a harsh winter worsened by the country’s energy crisis, skyrocketing costs, ongoing unrest, and the growing needs of displaced Jews. JDC staff and professionals at the thirty two JDC-supported Hesed social welfare centers in Ukraine are providing extra winter supplies and services to poor elderly, including Nazi victims, struggling families, and displaced Jews who often cannot afford their utility bills or have direct access to heating supplies 

 

Your gift to the MVJF Annual Campaign will help needy Jews in Ukraine. Winter is Here, Please Act Now.

Jewish Federations Address Anti-Semitism in France

 

Since the horrific events in France there has been an outpouring of support from the North American Jewish community. Jewish Federations across the continent have held vigils and memorial services and provided philanthropic support to help victims’ families and enhance security at the nearly 500 Jewish sites throughout France, from schools to supermarkets. Of particular concern is the safety of the more than 32,000 children attending Jewish day schools.

 

The Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France (the Umbrella Body for French Jewish Organizations) reports that violent anti-Semitic acts doubled in France in 2014. Jewish Federations and our partner agencies will be there to support and assist the Jews in France and Europe, whether they choose to stay in their respective nations and combat anti-Semitism, or they make aliyah, or resettle in North America, as so many Europeans did in past centuries.

REGISTER FOR SUMMER 2015
 

MVJF Camp Hadar, located on Captain's Pond in Salem, NH,  provides campers with a safe, enjoyable and rewarding day camping experience in a Jewish cultural environment. Campers ages 4-15, who are led by an experienced, professional staff, participate in a wide range of waterfront, sports, arts and crafts, Judaic culture workshops, activities and special events. 

GALA 25th Anniversary Event ~ Smash Success!

 

The Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation Celebrated 25 Years of Service to our community and our people with a fabulous Gala on June 8, 2014! It was our privilege to honor our founders and a pleasure to present Young Leadership and Tikkun Olam awards. Above find the Bendetson Family celebrating the accomplishments of MVJF founding member, husband, father and grandfather Norris Bendetson z"l.

 

 

Together We Did Extraordinary Things!
 

When the cry for help rang out from Israeli citizens suffering amidst rocket attacks from Gaza, our community responded. We came together with common purpose to provide services through Federation partner organizations in Israel. Your generosity and commitment helped enable the extraordinary work of the Joint Distribution Committee, Jewish Agency for Israel and World ORT to heal those who were hurting, repair what was damaged and provide support for First Responders. Thank you ~ Todah Rabbah.