Who benefits from my gift to the Jewish Federation?
We all do. From those in need to those who read the newsletter or depend on the Jewish Federation for funding every day. The Federation builds a sense of community, shared vision and common purpose that make our community a better place for all of us. In addition, our brothers and sisters overseas are not alone, because we are responsible for them as well.
How do I know my contribution is spent wisely?
Many volunteers from the Rockford area serve on the Federation Board. Committees plan for the community’s needs and how to allocate funds based on community priorities. Since volunteers are also donors, they want to see each dollar spent wisely. Your gift is utilized more efficiently because the Jewish Federation of Rockford office ensures our collective dollars go where your representatives decide they are most needed.
Does Israel still need our help?
Israel needs our help now more than ever before. She is involved in a complex struggle for her survival. Israel is looking to world Jewry for support. The cost of making peace is high and the expenses associated with implementing a peace process while maintaining security leaves very little for social services, absorption and immigration. When Israeli officials are asked what can North American Jewry do, the answer is always the same – come to Israel, you will be safe. If you cannot go, be an advocate, be informed, supportive and contribute generously to the UJA campaign.
Why is giving to the Northern Illinois Combined Jewish Appeal more important than the other causes I support?
With a strong system, our community as a whole receives benefits that no one agency can provide alone. A federated system allows us efficiency, effectiveness and coordination. Most importantly, gifts to the Jewish Federation enable our beneficiary agencies to concentrate on providing service. Besides, it is the Jewish way to care for the community since, traditionally, decisions about Jewish community are made consensually with each person understanding his/her responsibility of tzedakah. “Kol Yisraoel arevim zeh bazeh.” All Jews are responsible for one another.