Our Mission and History
Charged with raising, collecting and distributing funds, the Federation seeks to "advance the welfare of the total Jewish community". The Federation strongly supports Israel and world Jewry. Additionaly, the organization strives to "preserve the civil, political, economic and religious rights of all Jews" to develop an articulate, intelligent and constructive Jewish community and to promote mutual understanding with the community at-large. Locally, the Federation allocates funds to the Jewish Educational Alliance; to Rambam Day School and Shalom School - the primary providers of Jewish education; Jewish Family Services - the lifeline agency for social services and emergency funds for the most vulnerable members of our community; Bnai Brith Youth Organization and Hillel on three area campuses - for Jewish socialization opportunities for the younger members of our community; and others.
The primary recipients of our overseas funds are our United Jewish Communities overseas partners - the American Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Israel. Between them, vital funding for programs and services are being provided to our fellow Jews in Israel, the former Soviet Union and elsewhere, to ensure Jewish continuity everywhere.
The Savannah Jewish Federation also operates the Jewish Community Foundation of Savannah, which was established to ensure the future of our community. The Foundation is creating the financial foothold that will keep the Savannah Jewish community strong and vibrant for generations to come through a series of endowments and investments.