The Jewish community of Greenville, South Carolina has a rich and proud history dating back as far as the early 1850s. As with those that came before us, a variety of opportunities and individual circumstances continue to bring new faces and families to the Upstate. With an invigorating mix of tradition and innovation, the Greenville Jewish Federation (GJF) is committed to creating a unifying presence for all Jews who reside in this area…regardless of whether they choose to affiliate.
Given the many activities, events, and innovative programs currently in the planning process, 2014 will surely prove to be an exciting time for our small, but dynamic, community. So, we invite you to participate, experience, and enjoy all that Federation has to offer.
What did Federation do this year?
We advocated for women's health... We honored our lost ones... We taught our children to love their culture... ...and we stood up for peace and safety in the land that is ours by birthright.
On behalf of the board of the Greenville Jewish Federation, allow me to wish you a very happy Hanukkah. It was a pleasure and a privilege to offer so many wonderful programs to the Upstate Jewish community this past year.
We have big plans for 2015! Our PJ Library program continues to grow in popularity. Our local teens have founded a chapter of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, and we plan to support them financially as they grow their organization. Our keynote speaker at Shalomfest will be a nationally known Jewish storyteller, Caren Neile. We are also planning a spring screening of “Above and Beyond,” Nancy Spielberg’s documentary about the American veterans who helped establish the Israeli Air Force.
This past year has seen a significant increase in requests for Federation sponsorship. We are proud to partner with the Greenville Hospital System, Clemson University, the Greenville County Library System, Year of Altruism, Chabad of the Upstate, Congregation Beth Israel, the Temple Israel, and Greenville Technical College to put on programming of interest to our community. And we never forget our obligation to support Israel and the Diaspora through the Jewish Federations of North America.
Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of you who have supported Federation this year with your time, talents and contributions. We are proud to be an all-volunteer organization, putting every penny towards the promotion of Jewish education and culture in the Upstate region and the support of Jews in need all around the world. If you would like to make a tax-deductible gift to the Greenville Jewish Federation this holiday season, please click here.
BBYO COMES TO THE UPSTATE!
More Jewish Teens, More Meaningful Jewish Experiences
BBYO is the largest and oldest Jewish youth movement in the world and a new chapter has been established in the Upstate. Adopting the name Gesher (meaning bridge in Hebrew), it is the latest member of Dixie Council, joining the cities of Charleston, Columbia, Savannah, and Augusta. Any interested teens in grades 8-12 are invited to join. We are really looking forward to this year’s International Convention in Atlanta!
To get involved, please contact our Group Advisor, Dana Wachter, or our Parent Liaison, Osnat Rosen. To contact the Dixie Council, e-mail Tamar Sternfeld.
ALL ABOUT J-YUP
Jewish Young Upstate Professionals
The Jewish Young Upstate (J-YUP) Professionals is an informal organization focused on improving and expanding the social and professional lives of 20 and 30 “somethings” across the Upstate. Whether you want to network, meet new friends or search for that special someone, J-YUP serves as the hub for the best parties, events, and programs for young (or young at heart) Jews in the Greenville area. Connect with us online at https://www.facebook.com/groups/JYUPgroup/
For more information, please contact co-director, Bessy Adut.