Community Initiatives

Over the last few years, Federation donors, volunteers, local partners, and organizations worked together to more clearly articulate our community’s vision and plan for how to realize this vision. Out of this process, six community initiatives were defined:
Federation is allocating and raising funds to specifically plan for, invest in, and evaluate programs that will bring these initiatives to life:



Young Adult Engagement

Develop, implement and support a collaborative young Jewish adult community engagement plan with the specific intent of creating a local Jewish community that is a welcoming, inclusive, dynamic and attractive destination for young Jewish adults and which engages them in a continuum of Jewish communal offerings and experiences.


Jewish Education for Teens

Develop, launch and support a community-wide, collaborative post B’nai Mitzvah Jewish education program which combines compelling and high-quality formal and informal approaches to learning with the specific intent of engaging teenagers in Jewish life.


Israel and Global Jewish Travel

Develop, implement and support a strategy to increase participation by Minneapolis Jewish community members in transformative travel experiences to Israel and other overseas Jewish communities which deepen their engagement with the Jewish community.


Minneapolis-Israel Community Partnership

Create and implement a broad, community-wide, collaborative partnership between the Minneapolis Jewish community and a region of Israel with the specific intent of creating ongoing and meaningful personal, professional and organizational connections with Israelis and Israel.


Leadership Institute

Create and implement a leadership institute with the specific intent of identifying, developing, supporting and tracking community members and enabling them to assume and provide effective lay leadership roles in the local Jewish community.


Philanthropic Curriculum

Create and implement a community-wide philanthropic curriculum for all ages of local Jewish community members with the specific intent of raising the consciousness of the need for Jewish philanthropy, educating people about the means for achieving their philanthropic goals and increasing philanthropic giving to Jewish organizations.

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