Supporting Jewish Life in Ocean County, Israel and Around the World since 1977

If you or someone you know needs help, please call Jewish Family & Children's Service at 732-363-8010 or email us for assistance.

Israel attacked and at war

Israel was attacked with hundreds killed, thousands injured, and more than a hundred kidnapped.  The country is at war.  

We, at the Jewish Federation, have always supported those in our community in need.  Now we support our extended family in Israel under attack - helping to meet critical needs, to support those suffering, and to provide relief to those who are most vulnerable.  

As one, we're a source of strength and resilience through adversity and prosperity.

As one, we bring our communities together to extend a helping hand to those in need.

As one, we're a living testament to the power of unity and shared purpose.

At the heart of this unbreakable spirit lies the Jewish Federations - the bedrock of Jewish communities around the world. We're the collective force that keeps Jewish life thriving, not just in times of crisis, but every single day.

As one, we uplift Israel and Ukraine by  offering our unwavering support. As one, we take a stand against the rising tide of antisemitism. As one, we pledge to ensure the safety and security of Jewish communities worldwide.

Our mission is fueled by the generosity of community members like you. Your contributions empower us to provide humanitarian aid to our allies, combat antisemitism, and nurture vibrant Jewish communities.

As one, we will lead the way to a brighter tomorrow where Jewish life flourishes for generations to come. Join us, and we will rise as one.

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Food Insecurity Grants

The federation sponsors grants that are given to five organizations each year at Passover and the High Holidays to support those who are experiencing food insecurity both locally and overseas.

Recipient Organizations:

Fulfill Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties
Joel E. Perlmutter Memorial Food Pantry
One Ocean County
Leket Israel

Jewish Relief Network Ukraine

Pat Donoghue and Annabel Lindenbaum Plant a Sign

The Joel E. Perlmutter Memorial Food Pantry located at The Barn gets fresh food from their garden which is named in honor of Mark & Penny Estomin. We're happy to be able to continue to support their efforts.

Passover in Ukraine this year was as special as it has ever been. It was the third time in as many years that the holiday was observed in the midst of an ongoing crisis affecting every man, woman, and child in the country. The challenges of daily life did not stand in the way of joyous and meaningful celebrations of freedom, in homes and communal settings all across the country. Seders were conducted in community centers and synagogues in all major cities, hosting nearly 15,000 individuals, with even more people celebrating privately with family and friends.

On the eve of Passover, during Ukrainian President Zelensky’s visit to the Simchah (“Happiness”) School, he told students and administrators: 

"It is symbolic that we are in a Jewish school and sheltering in a bomb shelter on the eve of Passover. This sends a very important signal to the whole world that every nation and community fights for their freedom and values, which are more important than conditions.”

While the continued conflict has left many people feeling hopeless and filled with despair, significant efforts are underway to restore and rebuild, better than before. One noteworthy step forward in the Jewish communities involves transitioning from Russian to Ukrainian language publications, including holiday materials. Even the Torah is being translated into Ukrainian for the first time!

We help people all across Ukraine in their efforts to survive each day as well as work towards a better future. The celebration of Passover, and other major holidays, provides an important opportunity to reflect and renew our commitment to ensuring no one is forgotten and no one is left behind. 

We are grateful for the extraordinary outpouring of support from people across the globe. Thanks to you we are able to save lives and restore hope.

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