We have a vision. It’s a vision of a vibrant, supportive and inclusive Jewish community that is focused on building the Jewish future.
The Lives We Change
Passion, leadership and focus enable the Federation to bring this vision to fruition. In 2011, we launched a community-wide effort to dig deep into the minds of Jewish Minneapolis. What do you find important? What do you think are the greatest needs and opportunities in our community? After many months of research, focus groups, surveys and analysis, we identified five Community Priorities—areas of impact where we will focus community resources.
Creating a Community of Shared Responsibility
We commit to continuing our long-standing tradition of feeding, clothing, sheltering, counseling, and rescuing thousands of people here at home, in Israel, and around the world.
We provide food, medicine, and companionship to nearly 170,000 of the world’s most impoverished Jews. Since 2010, The Minneapolis Jewish Federation, in partnership with Jewish Federations across North America, has raised and distributed nearly $14 million to respond to crisis situations, including earthquakes, tornadoes, and war.
Engaging the Next Generation in Jewish Life
We commit to encouraging young Jews to make Jewish choices for themselves and their children; to creating a community that will attract future generations to identify, affiliate, participate and support.
We enable thousands of children in grades pre-K-12 to have a quality Jewish learning experience within Jewish classrooms, in summer camp environments, and through worldwide Jewish-oriented travel. Additionally, The Minneapolis Jewish Federation provides more than 800 young children and families with Jewish books and early childhood resources through the PJ Library program–bringing Jewish life and traditions into the home at an early age.
Strengthening Our Connection to Israel and Jewish Peoplehood
We commit to strengthening, deepening and expanding our connections to Israel and global Jewry through advocacy, personal experiences and high-impact programming. The Minneapolis Jewish Federation supports Israel advocacy and creates programming to build solidarity between the Minneapolis Jewish community and Israel.
Broadening Leadership Excellence
We commit to creating an environment of innovation for community leaders and to establishing pathways for emerging leaders to rise, succeed and lead our community into the future.
We cultivate current and future community leaders through innovative leadership training programs, national volunteer opportunities, conferences, and missions.
Enhancing and Deepening the Commitment to Jewish Philanthropy
We commit to educating our community to strengthen the linkage between philanthropy and community needs through creative programming and hands-on experiences.
The Minneapolis Jewish Foundation creates opportunities for Jewish people to connect socially and professionally and to serve their community. Through tailored programming and volunteer opportunities, we are bridging modern-day interests and core Jewish values.