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Greenville Jewish Federation

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, 2015 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.


August 9 - Israeli Desert Innovations-Sharing the Potential With the World with Ezra Ravins
Sunday, August 9, 2015, 11 am 
Temple of Israel Social Hall, 400 Spring Forest Rd. Greenville, SC 29615
Light brunch provided, please RSVP to Howard Levy at howardrlevy@bellsouth.net or 864-906-6321 by July 31st.

Ezra Ravins can be described as one of a “new generation of pioneers” because of his leadership in developing Israel’s last frontier, the Arava. He served as a farmer and Mayor of the Central Arava Regional Council from 1980 until 2013. Additionally, he led the Arava Agricultural Research and Development Department at the Central Arava Regional Council. During this time, he also served the Israeli Foreign Ministry as the manager of the Arava Medfly Eradication Project. He was involved in the peace negotiations with Jordan in 1996 and helped develop solutions to the region’s water deficiencies. Ravins has spoken throughout the US and Israel inspiring those who plan to visit Israel to include a trip to the Arava to support the region and to experience its beauty and diversity. Today Ravins serves as an emissary for JNF – the Jewish National Fund. He was born in the US, and emigrated to Israel in 1962. He and his wife Debbie, a native of the United States, have five children and one grandchild.

This event is made possible through the combined efforts of the Greenville Jewish Federation, Torah Chayim and the Temple of Israel.

More Jewish Teens, More Meaningful Jewish Experiences

BBYOBBYO 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.

Jewish Young Upstate Professionals

J-YUPThe 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.