As our lives have been upended while the world copes with a pandemic, we have all been called to face unfamiliar challenges. A strong community is vital during these times, no one should have to stand alone in the face of so many uncertainties. In light of this situation, the Jewish Federation has chosen the Hebrew word Hineni, הינני, or here I am, as the theme of this year's 2020 campaign. The Federation strives to be here for everyone in the Jewish community and make sure no one is unsupported.



The latest from the Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids


UPDATE AS OF 11.16.2020: The Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids office is now open. You may visit the office at our regular work hours, but please wear a mask. Please click here for more information and updates on COVID-19.

  • Hanukkah Adopt-A-Family

    Every year, JFGR helps those in need in our community. The goal is to raise $3000 in donations. This will allow us to help families who are struggling financially. Consider helping, and mail your pledge by November 30, 2020 to JFGR at: 2727 Michigan NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 earmarked “Adopt-A-Family”. Hanukkah begins December 10, 2020. If you have any questions or referrals, please email or call (616) 942-5553 ext. 206.

  • 6 reasons to give on GIVING TUESDAY

    According to GIVINGTUESDAY.ORG, Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day when people are encouraged to do good. Over the past eight years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. This year, more than ever, Giving Tuesday is important to the Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids because it can help support our community during these unprecedented times.

  • JFGR, Congregation Ahavas Israel & Temple Present: Cantor Randy Herman

    The Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids, Congregation Ahavas Israel and Temple Emanuel are proud to present an intimate musical evening with Cantor Randy Herman.

    A link to this exciting performance will be sent to your email on December 9, 2020 at 7pm. For more information contact Marisa Krishef, Director of Programming at

  • Menemsha Films

    Menemsha Films has been preparing to launch CHAIFLICKS, a streaming service dedicated solely to JEWISH themed films and entertainment.

  • Young Adult Division (YAD) Interest Form

    JFGR is in the process of updating our database. We are interested in hearing from you and making certain we have your correct contact information. If you are in your 20sand 30s and want to participate in future YAD programs, please fill out the survey. Thanks!

  • JFGR Information Update Form

    The Federation is updating our database and needs your help. If you have a new address, change your email or phone number in the last three years, please fill out this form and hit submit. Thank You!

  • PJ Library Virtual Resources

    As communities seek to lower the impact of COVID-19, many families are spending a lot of time at home with their kids. One great way to pass time with your little ones is to read PJ Library books! Here are other ideas for ways to stay busy and have fun at home.

  • Virtual Streicker Seminars

    During these confusing and challenging days, many of you will find yourselves at home more than usual and we want to offer you ways to use that time to excite your mind, learn something new and distract yourself from the uncertainty.

  • Support the Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids

    The Jewish Federation Annual Campaign is designed to strengthen and support our Jewish community from the ground up. Your contribution will help us in our Annual Campaign. We can't do it without you.

  • Campaign Update

    View our current donation status and latest news from Chad Zagel, Campaign Chair.

  • Donate Now

    Your contribution will help to support those in need in our local community and Israel. We can't do it without you!