About Us

Welcome to the Greensboro Jewish Federation. We are recognized as a leader of small Jewish communities in the US and Canada. Our Federation is distinguished by a high level of volunteer leadership commitment, creativity and innovation, and an annual campaign of over 1,100 annual contributors and raises over $1.5 million. Greensboro has a population of almost 280,000; the Jewish community numbers approximately 3,000, or 1,200 families.

 

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The Greensboro Jewish Federation is the voice of our local Jewish community and for millions of Jews around the world. Giving care to those in need, giving deeper engagement in quality of life, and giving strength to the community, in Greensboro, Israel and around the world is at the heart of what we do. Since 1940, the Federation has funded programs that care for people at every stage of life - strengthening community, providing leadership, and nurturing the leaders of tomorrow.

 

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Our History

 

In 1940, 58,000 people lived in Greensboro, of whom 250 were Jewish.  The Greensboro United Charities, incorporated by the State of North Carolina in August 1940, has consistently mirrored the needs of Jews the world over.  Founding members of the Charities included Ceasar Cone II, Walter J. Bernstein, Herbert S. Falk and Sidney J. Stern, Sr.  Also involved in the early beginnings were Milton Zauber, Ben Cone, Sr. and Max Zagar.  In the early years, the major emphasis was support of Jewish defense agencies.  With the advent of the war years, attention focused on the Jews of Europe.  Greensboro assisted eight refugee families to relocate to Greensboro.  After the war, the Charities worked to support the establishment of the State of Israel and to develop local Jewish agencies.

 

In 1967, Larry Cohen established an office for the Greensboro United Jewish Charities to respond to the war in Israel.  He rallied the Jewish community of Greensboro; developed a well organized campaign, and in later years hired the first executive director.  In 1968, with Leah Tannenbaum as its first president, the Women's Cabinet was formed to raise additional dollars for the campaign and to raise consciousness about worldwide Jewish issues.  In 1972, the organization became the Triad Jewish Federation, incorporating both the High Point and Winston-Salem Jewish communities.  In 1978, it was reorganized to form the Greensboro Jewish Federation.  The 50th anniversary of the Federation was celebrated in 1991 and a decision was also reached that year to resettle Jews from the former Soviet Union.  Over 150 individuals have been resettled in Greensboro since that initial decision.

 

Seeing a need to serve the social service needs of the Greensboro Jewish community, Sue Green and Tobee Kaplan headed an effort to found the Jewish Family Service agency in 1991.  Michael Berkelhammer and Leonard Kaplan spearheaded the effort to found the Jewish Foundation of Greensboro in 1996 to develop and administer endowment funds of the Federation and of other agencies and institutions in the Jewish community of Greensboro and surrounding areas.

 

In 1997, through the vision of Tobee and Leonard Kaplan, the Greensboro Jewish Federation moved from its offices at Temple Emanuel to its current location in the Guilford College area.  The Federation shares its facility with Jewish Family Services and the Jewish Foundation of Greensboro.

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Our Mission

Recognizing that each Jew is responsible, one for another, we promote the welfare of the Jewish people in our community, in Israel and worldwide.

Jewish Education

The Greensboro Jewish Federation recognizes the importance of providing strong Jewish education to our community's children.

Jewish Culture and Customs

The Greensboro Jewish Federation is proud to represent the Jewish people and the State of Israel when the community wants to learn more or explore community relations topics.

Cooperation and Community

We are proud of our affiliates and beneficiaries and the good that we accomplish by working together. The Greensboro Jewish Federation supports many programs locally, nationally, worldwide.

Provide Resources

Senior services, employment services, volunteer opportunities, scholarships and grants, food pantry, financial assistance-- we are here to provide the resources to those that are in need.

  • Get Involved

    The Federation serves the community is many ways, offering programming, networking, and social events; brokering community relations; advocating for Israel, and organizing city-wide religious observances and celebrations. Whatever your passion, there is an opportunity to get involved and become part of the Greensboro Jewish community.

  • Planned Giving Opportunities

    The Jewish Foundation of Greensboro offers many options to allow donors to show their support of and commitment to the Jewish people, including donor advised gifts, endowment funds and testamentary gifts. The Foundation also educates the community through the Create a Jewish Legacy initiative to develop bequests, endowments, and other planned gifts to create a meaningful, charitable legacy.

  • Provide Resources to Meet Local Needs

    Jewish Family Services (JFS), a constituent agency of the Greensboro Jewish Federation, is rooted in Jewish values and in the community’s obligation to support basic human needs and assist its members in the Jewish tradition of helping people to help themselves. JFS promotes positive social functioning of individuals and families and supports and strengthens Jewish family and community life.