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It is with great excitement that we are announcing the award by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of the grant for support of services to Holocaust survivors. This almost $2.5 million grant also requires almost $1.6 million in matching funds, bringing the total value of the grant to $4M. The grant is renewable for four more years, pending availability of funds. The grant has been awarded to the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) in partnership with AJFCA and other Jewish communal organizations. Ninety per cent of these funds will be available in sub-grants for local communities and agencies to provide person-center, trauma-informed services to Holocaust survivors. Learn more here.

 

More than 20 Holocaust survivors from the New York City area were among a group of nearly 100 people in need receiving hearing aids Wednesday at an event at Yankee Stadium. The Starkey Hearing Foundation is providing the customized, digital hearing devices with backing from the New York Yankees, the Minnesota Vikings, the Wilf Family Foundations and the Jewish Federations of North America. Read the entire article here.

Yankees, Vikings Help Holocaust Survivors Receive Hearing Aids, September 29, 2015, USA Today, by Tom Pelissero

 

Marking the 2nd anniversary of the release of the 2013 Pew Research Center's Portrait of Jewish Americans, a highly diverse group of thought leaders from all around the United States has framed a "Statement on Jewish Vitality," advocating strategic responses to respond to the challenges to the Jewish future. American Jewry now stands at a crossroads. Our choices are stark: we either accept as inevitable the declining numbers of engaged Jews, or we work to expand the community and improve the quality of Jewish life going forward. Learn more here.

Strategic Directions for Jewish Life:  A Call to Action, October 1, 2015, eJP