Israel & Overseas

Strengthening Jewish communities in Israel and around the world has always been—and remains—a top priority for our Federation. We do this by building connections to Jewish life overseas through local programming, sustaining a vibrant people-to-people connection with the Israeli city of Modi'in, and by allocating funds to partners in collective support of world Jewry. Federation also runs missions to Israel, which strengthen Jewish identity, build Jewish community, and grow Jewish philanthropy.

The Israel Trip – Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester Family Journey to Israel


A one-of-a-kind journey through Israel with excursions and unique experiences that can’t be experienced by most visitors to Israel. Immerse yourself in an Israel journey designed to energize, inspire and nurture your mind, body and spirit. Explore Israel’s culture, society, innovation and majesty through the lens that reflects your passions.


Highlights include:

  • Experience the Independence Trail in Tel Aviv
  • Visit the house of Israel’s “founding father”, David Ben-Gurion at Kibbutz Sde Boker
  • Explore the Israel Air Force Museum
  • Multi-cultural tasting journey in Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda open-air market
  • Celebrate a B’nei Mitzvah in Jerusalem
  • Walk through Jerusalem’s Old City and the Jewish Quarter
  • Float on the Dead Sea and discover Masada
  • And much more . . .


Rochester Supports the Global Jewish Family

Federation’s Annual Campaign, supported by the greater Rochester community, enables us to help Jews in Rochester, Israel, and everywhere else. Learn more about the work of our overseas service partners and see how your contributions make a difference in communities around the globe:

  • Jewish Agency for Israel focuses on three strategic areas: aliyah, connecting Jews worldwide (through programs such as ShinShinim and Partnership2Gether), and strengthening Israeli society.
  • American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee saves Jewish lives and builds Jewish life by providing aid to vulnerable Jews, cultivating a Jewish future, creating opportunities for all Israelis, leading the Jewish response to global crises, and rescuing Jews in danger. 
  • World ORT is a global network driven by Jewish values, which promotes education and training in Jewish communities worldwide.

The Annual Campaign also allows us to support five programs selected by the Rochester Federation:

Programming such as ShinShinim, Education Bridge, and JFI, which supports the work we perform with our partner city of Modi’in.

Humanitarian assistance in the former Soviet Union
Through the JDC, we help over 80,000 vulnerable and elderly members in the region.

Children with special needs in Moscow
We provide funding to help children at the local ORT Technology School.

Integrating Ethiopian Israelis
Our funding, together with the Ethiopian National Project, helps 64 Ethiopian Israelis in 7th to 12th grade, participate in after-school and summer programs that help them integrate into Israeli society.


This program supports religious pluralism in Israel, working to increase accessibility around a full range of options for celebrating life-cycle ceremonies and Jewish holidays.


Contact Us


Gal DiMambro

Director of Israel Programming

Ways to Give

Every day, we work to provide compassionate, strategic, and comprehensive support, no matter the situation. There is no organization better positioned to do this than the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester.