Children & Adolescents 

Your Jewish community, working with the North American Federation system, works to ensure the safe passage of every Jewish child into Jewish adulthood. We support educational programs, camps, after-school activities, foster care services, drug prevention programs and treatment programs for children in need. College and career training, volunteer opportunities, and Israel programs for all ages.


One-third of all North American pre-school children attend Federation-supported education and day care services.

Federations support Hebrew schools through extensive funding and teaching training programs.

275 Federation-supported Jewish Community Centers have one million members.

145 Federation-affiliated Jewish family service agencies serve 399,000 children each year; 39,400 receive counseling, according to the Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies.

Federation programs designed for at-risk students aim to retain students in school and prepare them for careers.

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, funded by the Federations, provides planning, development, and coordination of services for disadvantaged, abused and neglected children in Israel.

More than 400 colleges and universities in 44 states are home to Federation-supported Hillel chapters and Hillel-sponsored Jewish organizations.

This Federation supports the Federation Employment Referral Program that helps recent college graduates find Jewish career opportunities.

Federation-supported birthright Israel, an initiative to bring young people for a first, organized educational experience in Israel, sent over 100,000 college and high school students since 2000.

14,000 youth attend Federation-supported Jewish Agency for Israel summer and winter camps in the former Soviet Union (FSU). Each year, another 2000 children from Eastern Europe and the FSU attend the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation/JDC International Summer Camp in Szarvas, Hungary.

Another 2,000 Eastern European children attend Federation-supported Jewish kindergartens and Sunday schools, resource centers, Jewish day schools.

Seven hundred JAFI counselors work with 120,000 youngsters at summer camps in the U.S., Canada and England.

500 of Israel's most severely disadvantaged 12- to 15-year-olds live at a Federation-supported home.

In 2000, 1,190 students from the FSU participated in Federation-supported JAFI academic and vocational training programs in Israel.