|Federation Annual Campaign Kick-Off Event|
L-R Stuart Forman, Interim Executive Director, Paula Chaiken, Event Chairperson, Paul Lantz, Federation President, Fred Levy, 2013 Campaign Chair.
High Holiday Update from the Jewish Federation of Greater Wilkes-Barre
Over the past year, the Wilkes-Barre Jewish community has moved forward with many exciting projects and accomplishments, especially in the areas of facilities and governance. Here’s a summary:
Over the past year, our community has accomplished the following …
• Under the leadership of the JCC, completed a programming study to determine how to re-energize the programming we offer. The study concluded that the JCC needs to develop additional revenue sources beyond membership dues and annual contributions, and identified several potential areas, including day camp and early childhood education. The entire study is available on the JCC’s website.
• Analyzed our current agency governance structure. The JCC, Federation and JFS concluded that our current structure is duplicative and that we should combine these agencies and hire a community executive director. This decision was arrived at through discussion with national agencies and utilizing a governance expert.
• Completed a pre-campaign assessment to determine the level of interest in the community for a major capital campaign. The assessment, based on in-person interviews with over 60 members of the community, concluded that the vast majority of individuals support a campus concept and that a campaign could raise $5-7 million for such a project.
• Invested over $200,000 to improve the camp facility.
• Began the design phase for a community campus on 3rd Avenue. All three synagogues, as well as all significant community agencies, are participating in the design process, which is funded by the Federation. Committees have been formed to determine the space requirements and facilities relating to athletics, office/auditorium and other common areas, early childhood education, and sacred spaces.
• Should a 3rd Avenue campus be the ultimate community decision, we have secured grant money totaling $1.2 million.
What you can expect over the next few months…
• Completion of the design phase for the 3rd Avenue campus, including 2D & 3D drawings, construction cost estimates, and cost estimates for on-going operational costs so that each synagogue can determine if there is a financial benefit of moving to a campus. This will then be compared to an analysis of the state of the community’s current facilities, including costs to rehab each building for the next generation of use. Once the review is complete and a decision made as to facilities (i.e. relocate to a campus or remain in our current buildings), a capital campaign will begin to raise funds to rebuild our infrastructure.
• Continued progress on the merging of agency boards and the hiring of a community executive director
Hopefully all this will be wrapped up by the end of 2012.
Finally, with all this going on, our agencies are ongoing. We completed our annual 2012 campaign by raising $460,000 and allocating $388,000 to our local agencies. Total contributions this year were down by 15% which impacted all agencies, so please give generously this year when asked.
|Fred Levy will chair the 2012 Annual Campaign|
Paul Lantz, President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Wilkes-Barre is pleased to announce Frederick Levy will chair the 2013 Annual Campaign. The Annual Campaign raises funds, which support our local institutions and Jewish communities throughout the world.
The Jewish Federation’s values of compassion, charity, generosity and responsibility inspire us to improve the quality of life for people in our community, in Israel and in over seventy countries every day. Our community cares for people in need and helps to nurture and sustain Jewish identity for generations to come.
Locally, the Federation Annual Campaign supports the Jewish Community Center and its Day Camp, the United Hebrew Institute, Jewish Family Service, Bais Menachem Youth Development Program, the Vaad, Mikveh and Eruv. Contributions to the Campaign are critical to these agencies and those they serve.
As it is written, “Every Jew is responsible for the other.” Please give as generously as you can; everyone can make a world of difference right now.
|Pre-Campaign Assessment Report and Recommendations|
|NEPA Jewish Federation Business & Trade Alliance and Website (Greater Wilkes-Barre Chapter)|
The motivation behind establishing a Greater Wilkes-Barre Alliance Chapter is to recognize that we are one “family” – that we have a responsibility to assist in promoting our collective business interests, directing interested parties to our business web sites, directing our products and services to the world market, facilitating our hiring processes, and sharing ideas with one another that will promote our business interests at the local, regional, national and international levels.
Expand Jewish Connections for Your Business! Social Media, Outreach, Networking, Business Referrals. Good for you! Good for our community!! Good for the future!!!
I am pleased to announce that Jewish businesses in Northeast Pennsylvania now have a forum to exchange information and increase their client base - all-the-while strengthening the unity of the Jewish communities of Luzerne,
An Alliance Chapter has already been established in Greater Scranton and
This enterprise has been undertaken as a service to you and your business, to insure the continuity of our Jewish communities here in
Once our Chapter is established, we expect the annual membership fee (after the first year) to be a mere $125 - a fee to be used exclusively to underwrite
Program sponsorships from our local businesses will be encouraged.
As business men and women, your accumulated knowledge and experience will be invaluable in deciding which programs would best promote Alliance objectives (that is, your business objectives), not just in Northeastern Pennsylvania, but throughout the country, Israel, and the world.
If our new Alliance Chapter can promote joint local, regional, national or international business ventures between our NEPA members and facilitate joint financing for such enterprises - all the better.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (o) 570-408-1640 or (e) firstname.lastname@example.org or Mark Silverberg, Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Northeastern Pennsylvania at (o) 570-961-2300 (ext. 1); (c) 570-335-2787 or (e) email@example.com.
I hope you and/or any interested member(s) of your family will be a part of our new Business and Trade Alliance (Greater Wilkes-Barre Chapter).
Jeff Roth, Vice President
Jewish Federation of Greater
Educational Improvement Tax Credit Committee
The Jewish Federation has been an approved scholarship organization of the EITC - Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program of the state of PA since 2001. Businesses apply to the state for approval of donations up to $300.000.00 (annually) and receive tax credits from 75% up to 100%. The EITC Committee meets annually to distribute the funds from EITC donations to local Jewish educational institutions to assist with the scholarship needs of their students.
Some businesses that participate in the EITC program through the Jewish Federation are:
A. Rifkin Company
Phillip Ball Company
Louis Cohen & Son
First Liberty Bank & Trust
First National Community Bank
KNTB-National Penn Bank
PNC Capital Markets LLC
Town Business Center
The Woodland’s Inn & Resort
How to Apply:
Complete the one-page application (SO or PKSO) and mail to the address listed or send your completed application to the Federation office for delivery in Harrisburg on the opening day for submissions.
Important Dates to note:
First year SO and Pre-K application submissions will be accepted beginning July 2, 2012.
Pass-through application submission will be accepted beginning July 9, 2012.
Second year applications for 2 year approved applications can be submitted beginning May 15 through June 29, 2012.
For more information on the EITC program, contact the Federation office at 570-822-4146.
Our local PJ Library is made possible through the support of the Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Center. For more information on our local PJ Library, please contact Barbara Sugarman, Adult & Cultural Director, PJ Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 824-4646.The PJ Library Registration - sign up your child age 6 months to 8 years
|JCC Market Study|
Dear Community members;
Attached are the results from the survey that was distributed to the community back in the fall. The results of the surveys were used to assist the JCC Programming Committee in understanding the optimal mix of programs and services for current JCC members and potential users. Your responses were helpful in helping us to build the best business model for the JCC. In the next few weeks we will have a final report that we will share with the entire community in order to help us move forward as a JCC.
JCC Marketing/Programming Committee Chairman
|The Jewish Federation Campaign|
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