Whether you are helping to feed the hungry, comfort the sick, care for the elderly, educate our youth, or connect with Jews around the world, our Jewish community stands together, ensuring our Jewish future. Together, we can do almost anything.

Learn about your impact by clicking or watching any of the stories below, or learn more about the Federation here.

You help Cincinnatians who are hungry, poor, living with disabilities, or suffering from challenges due to aging.
You strengthen Jewish community and advocate for a just society.
You support our local Jewish organizations.
You educate about Israel, support immigration there, and help vulnerable Jewish communities worldwide.

How You Help: Marvin's Story—Following His Mother into Disability Advocacy and a Jewish Life

In this video, Marvin Moss of Cincinnati shares how, with the help of Jewish Family Service, he follows his mom’s footsteps into a more Jewish life. 

How You Help—Eliana's Story: "A Totally Different Child" 

In this video interview with the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, Irene Clayton and her daughter, Eliana, share how much the chance to go to Camp Livingston, aided by a Jewish Federation grant, means to a shy yet hyperactive child. Irene is from Israel, but now calls Cincinnati home. Located in southeastern Indiana, Camp Livingston has been a Jewish overnight camp for over 90 years. 

How you Help: Meet the Kling Family—How 2 Israeli Teens and a Cincinnati Family Taught Each Other about Friendship Across Border

“Nice family, warm hearts.” That’s how Stav Barkai, an Israeli 19-year-old in Cincinnati for a year of service, described the Klings.  who live in Montgomery and are members at Adath Israel Congregation.

How You Help: Meet David—How an Israeli Transplant Found the Perfect Mix of Career and Passion

“When I told David there might be an IT opportunity in farming, I thought he was going to fall off his chair,” said JVS Career Services Senior Business Development Manager Sherry Gordon.

How You Help: Meet Bonnie—Avancing Religious Pluralism: 2018's Israel & Overseas Highlights

Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Bonnie Ullner, the Federation’s Co-Chair of the Israel and Overseas Committee. She shared the following about this year’s process:

How You Help: Meet Ryan—“What I Brought Back from Israel:”  Interview with a UC Student Leader

Why did Ryan James, who is not Jewish, make the choice to go to Israel this past January? 

How You Help: Meet Igor and Tatiana—One Family's Story of Hope

Igor Bekker: I want to give them what I never had: a college education, a more dignified future.

 How You Help: Meet the Kanters—“Why We Go to Israel—and not Europe”

Fred and Kathy Kanter go to Israel to strengthen and enjoy the powerful connections they have forged there.

How You Help: The Return of the JCRC

The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati helps the vulnerable, of course. However, the Jewish Federation, as you know, also funds an organization doing critical advocacy work on behalf of our entire Jewish community—the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC). The following article, published this week in eJewish Philanthropy, describes the growing trend of Federations to increase funding for community relations programs across the United States. 

How You Help: Federation's Women's Philanthropy Makes Thanksgiving for Hungry: Greater Need Seen

On Sunday October 29, a capacity crowd of thirty women brought supplies to the Jewish Family Service Heldman Family Food Pantry and filled bags of food to be given out to families in need to make complete kosher and non-kosher Thanksgiving meals.

How You Help: Meet Sarah—Connect with Israel
“I don’t want to have just a passive Jewish life, I want to have an active Jewish life. So getting to explore Israel was a very important thing,” said Sarah Kleymeyer after her return last summer to Cincinnati.

How You Help: Meet Lauren—Leave No One Behind
“Lauren had a tumor when she was five years old that resulted in mental impairment,” said her mother, Inez Allen. Now 41, with short, curly brown hair and a ready smile, Lauren is outgoing, at ease with strangers, and has a slightly blurred but quick style of talking. 

How You Help: Meet Carol—Catapualt Careers

When long-time Montgomery resident Carol Wolkoff sent her 24-year-old daughter Rachel to talk with Dedra Perlmutter, a career consultant at JVS Career Services, she had no idea the visit would result in new career opportunities for her entire family.

How You Help: Meet Maddy—Jewish Cincinnati Cares for Special Needs
“I may cry,” is the first thing Laureen Scott said, sitting on a bench under bright blue sky, when asked how her daughter Maddy went to camp this past summer. In bright blue t-shirt and shorts, Maddy Scott circled her mom, then ran off to chase friends, and be part of the day’s activities at the Mayerson JCC’s Camp at the J. Soon though she veered back for another hug, mumbling, “I love you,” in her mom’s ear.

How You Help: Meet Daniel—Bridge Cultural Divides
The son of Russian immigrants who made their first American home in Cincinnati’s Roselawn community, Daniel grew that interest into a passionate sense of Jewish identity by taking part in nearly a dozen programs offered by Cincinnati’s Jewish agencies.


How You Help: Meet Bob—Develop Tomorrow's Leaders
A Cincinnati native, Bob went through the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati’s leadership development program for young professionals, called LEAD, with that desire to help in mind. Today he serves on numerous Jewish nonprofit boards, including the Jewish Federation’s board, and knows a significant amount about how Jewish and non-Jewish agencies help people with disabilities.

How You Help: Meet Olga—Restore Hope
“We just stood in the doorway, we lowered our heads and waited for the explosion. We felt the building around us falling apart,” said Olga Tulchinsky, her voice rising as she recounted her last days in Lugansk, Ukraine.Olga and her family receive help in the form of a food card, a medical equipment loan, winter relief, and financial assistance.

How You Help: Meet Stephanie—Jewish Cincinnati Cares for Seniors
A handmade photo-collage propped on the couch, made by her granddaughter, announces that Stephanie Marks has just turned 90....

How You Help: Meet Alba—Jewish Cincinnati Cares
At an age when many seniors are reliant on others to care for their day-to-day needs, Alba started a new life. Twelve years later, thanks to nine programs funded in part through the Jewish Federation, this 92-year-old has a full and independent life. Alba is one of Jewish Cincinnati's everyday heroes.

How You Help: Meet LeeAnne—Jewish Cincinnati Connects
Since she was not raised Jewish, LeeAnne struggled to teach Jewish values and tradition in a kid-friendly way. Thanks to free, monthly stories in the mail from PJ Library, and PJ Library activities, her family is enriched by Jewish culture and community every day.

How You Help: Meet Rosie—Jewish Cincinnati Discovers
Rosie is one of thousands of people who rely on programs that help us discover personally meaningful ways to understand Jewish life. Thanks to programs funded in part by donations through the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, Rosie and her students have a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and its meanings

How You Help: Meet Harley—Jewish Cincinnati Discovers
Despite her father's concern, UC sophomore Harley wasn't going to college to "look for more ways to be more Jewish." But a party at Hillel on her first day led to her joining the student board and traveling to Israel twice in six months. It turns out Dad was right!

How You Help: Meet Leslye—Jewish Cincinnati Cares
A successful professional and regular volunteer, Leslye's life fell apart after her family moved to Cincinnati for her husband’s job. Divorce, poverty, and a diagnosis of MS led to "chaos," as she puts it. Jewish Family Service provided the help she needed, even a sense of purpose...

How You Help: Meet Lisa—Jewish Cincinnati Cares Globally
Due to the heavy fighting in Ukraine, Lisa's basement became a bomb shelter, her neighborhood a war zone. She and her neighbors were left without food, sometimes without shelter. JDC, funded in part by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, was there to help.

How You Help: Meet Mark—Jewish Cincinnati Connects
In his mid-50s, a seasoned sales professional, Mark was suddenly out of work after his company downsized. He was in shock—he had two kids in college and retirement looming. After three months of looking, he still had found nothing.