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October 22, 2021

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Federation News

Introducing Federation's 2021 Annual Impact Report
We know it's only October, but The Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor is already thinking about 2022 - and with that comes reflecting on 2021. With that in mind, we are proud to introduce our 2021 Annual Impact Report!

Inside, you'll find information about the community organizations - locally and overseas - who were able to continue to focus on their missions of serving the community because of your generosity through the 2021 Annual Community Campaign.

You can also read stories of real people whose lives were touched by the community's support and get more detail on the more than $1.6 million we raised together to meet the needs of the Jewish community's most vulnerable members and spark connected Jewish life for all.

This community is powered by you - thank you to all who gave generously to make possible this vibrant, welcoming, caring, inclusive, secure and sustainable Jewish community here in greater Ann Arbor, in Israel and around the world.
View the 2021 Annual Impact Report
Ladies’ Night Out: Engagment Opportuties for Women
Federation's Women's Philanthropy Manager Marci Sukenic has been at Federation since 2018, but she only took on her current role a few months ago. Before that, she coordinated just one program - called Chai Mitzvah - which brought cohort groups together for meaningful Jewish conversations, personal connection, and fun. One cohort in particular, made up largely of women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s, were eager to build on their momentum as a group and expand their reach to all women across the Ann Arbor area Jewish community.

Federation is now pleased to be holding its first Ladies’ Night Out on October 28th at 7pm! This new program expands Chai Mitzvah's successful model to provide opportunities for women to connect with the Jewish community, meet new friends and explore important themes of today's Jewish life.

The guiding theme on October 28th will be GRATITUDE. In addition to meaningful conversation, there will be plenty of time for informal chatting to get to know one another.
Email Marci for More Information and to Register!

Spotlight: Our Community Partners

Stay up to date with stories from our community partners in Ann Arbor, Israel and around the world

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

Jewish community caring for Jews in crisis all over the world
When the pandemic upended Zoja Gor’s life and shuttered her event planning business in Estonia, JDC stepped in with its emergency COVID-19 humanitarian fund.

Did you know the greater Ann Arbor Jewish community helped Zoja get back on her feet, all the way in Estonia? A gift to the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor's Annual Community Campaign goes, in part, to JDC to make sure our fellow Jews in the Former Soviet Union, many of whom are older and living in poverty, have access to the basic necessities they need - and even to give back to their own communities. Click the video above to watch Zoja's story.
Learn More About JDC's Life-Saving Work

Jewish Geography

Interesting and thought-provoking stories from around the Jewish world

Flint Institute of Arts Features Israeli Photorealist Yigal Ozeri
Yigal Ozeri’s artworks may seem to be photographs but, on closer inspection, they open up a more detailed, intimate emotional perspective of his models. Detroit Jewish News.

Special Needs Students Arrive for One-of-a-Kind Year in Israel Experience
“I am so excited to finally be here in Israel and can't wait to have a real learning experience,” said Chaya Brayman of Rochester, N.Y. Jewish News Syndicate.

Impossible Pork is here — but the plant-based meat won’t be certified as kosher
Impossible Foods, the plant-based meat company, is releasing a long-awaited new product — but unlike the wildly popular Impossible Burger, it won’t be certified kosher. JTA.
New to the Ann Arbor Area?
Federation is here to connect you to local Jewish life. Don't be shy - we want to help you feel at home, no matter how long you've been here or how long you plan to stay.

Contact Federation's Engagement & Community Relations Manager Hilary Greenberg to discover all that Jewish Ann Arbor has to offer. Email Hilary at or call (734) 585-5405.
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