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About the Rochester Jewish Federation

The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester welcomes you! The Federation is an "umbrella" for the over 19,000 people who live in Jewish households in the Greater Rochester area. We are a diverse and vibrant community with so much to offer.

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The Federation is the central planning, fund raising and community relations organization for the Rochester Jewish community. We invite you to learn about living generously through the annual UJA Federation Campaign, which supports Jewish life in Rochester, Israel and around the world. Our planned giving program, The Foundation, also provides vital support to our community and offers inviduals vehicles for Jewish philanthropy and estate planning.

The Federation represents ALL in Rochester's Jewish community – Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, and "Just Jewish". The work of the Federation happens through the efforts of volunteers like you, supported by a small professional staff at the Federation offices at 441 East Avenue in Rochester.

The Federation received close to $5.7 million in contributions in 2012-13 in support of Jewish life in Rochester, in Israel and around the world. These funds are raised from donors like you to our annual UJA Federation Campaign and from contributions to The Foundation of the Rochester Federation – our planned giving program. 

View a copy of our 2013 Annual Report.

Volunteers are key in all aspects of Federation activity. From goal setting through implementation, volunteers make everything happen. Volunteers serve on committees that determine WHERE we allocate funds, WHAT initiatives most benefit the Jewish community, and HOW those initiatives are implemented. By getting involved with Federation, you become an active participant in the process of building Jewish community.

To find out how you can get involved, please consult our staff directory or review the list of activities we sponsor on our home page.

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester is to enrich the quality of life for Jews in Rochester, Israel and around the world. The Federation meets this goal through financial resource development, planning, education, community relations, and volunteer recruitment and training. The Federation convenes agencies, synagogues, and organizations to address issues of common concern. Together, we transform Jewish tradition and values into action.

What does the Rochester Federation Support?

The Annual Campaign supports five beneficiary agencies locally, Federation operations, and social and humanitarian programs and services in Israel and around the world.

In addition, our planned giving program, The Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester, with assets of about $43 million, supports the needs of our community in perpetuity, from generation to generation. Through The Foundation, donors realize their individual charitable goals and leave a lasting legacy for a strong and vital Jewish community into the future.

Roughly half of the dollars raised through the annual UJA Federation Campaign support the following beneficiary agencies, part of the lifeblood of the Rochester Jewish community:

The Jewish Community Center... providing quality programs and experiences that enrich cultural, social and physical health for the Jewish and general community.

Jewish Senior Life ... a state-of-the-art nursing home, residential treatment facility, and community programs providing independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing care and community-based programs for our elderly.

Hillel Community Day School... Rochester's community day school providing top-notch Jewish and secular education for kindergarten through eighth grade.

Hillel at SUNY Geneseo and Rochester Institute of Technology... providing Jewish connections for college students in the Greater Rochester area.

Jewish Family Service of Rochester... providing counseling services, support programs, assistance with adoption and support for the elderly.  

Overseas Support

The remainder of our annual campaign proceeds support vital social and humanitarian programming in Israel and around the world. As a partner with the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), our service providers overseas, our fund raising efforts better the lives of Jewish people in 59 countries around the world.

Through JAFI and the JDC:

  • We help hundreds of thousands of immigrants build new lives in Israel.
  • We provide basic assistance to over 170,000 impoverished, elderly Jews who remain in the former Soviet Union.
  • We support distressed Jewish populations everywhere.
  • We provide non-sectarian aid to disaster sites around the globe.
  • We build Jewish community and Jewish life for our people in Eastern Europe, in South America, in Asia - everywhere.

We help provide safe schools and camps for children in Israel as well as support  victims of terrorism and their families. We help provide safe housing for elderly and new immigrants.

For more information or to receive a copy of our annual report, contact us at or 585-461-0490.