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By Jessica Goldfarb, JFGC Communications Specialist
Charlotte Jewish News, February 2024
The Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte’s mission stands firm — to serve as the heart of the community, nurture Jewish identity, cultivate a passionate understanding of Israel, and act as the central force in philanthropy for the greater Charlotte Jewish community. With immense gratitude for the overwhelming support received during last year’s Annual Campaign, which surpassed $5.8 million, we are eagerly looking forward.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte extends its impact into our local Jewish community and beyond, taking immense pride in the positive influence its programs have both within the greater Charlotte area and in Israel. The 2024 Annual Campaign offers an opportunity to be part of continuing this crucial work. Your support ensures the sustainability and expansion of initiatives that better our community, promoting Jewish philanthropy, education, and advocacy for all. Together, we can pave the path towards a brighter future.
This year, JFGC proudly highlights two significant Federation programs, Outshine Hate and LiveSecure, as additional giving opportunities. These initiatives epitomize Federation’s commitment to bettering lives and fostering an inclusive, secure community.
The Outshine Hate initiative is a testament to Federation’s commitment to combatting antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiments. Through education, collaboration with partner agencies, and community engagement, this initiative addresses biases and prejudices. Outshine Hate focuses on five core areas: institutional and communal change, professional development, community education and educator training, security, and Israel travel and outreach. By uniting our efforts, we strive to create a community that stands strong against hate and fosters understanding and solidarity.
LiveSecure embodies Federation’s pledge to ensure safety and security within every corner of the Jewish communities they serve. Developed in collaboration with the Secure Community Network and Jewish Federations of North America, LiveSecure is a comprehensive program designed to create robust security plans, facilitate access to security grants, and provide ongoing training and support for local security efforts. Through LiveSecure, we stand vigilant in safeguarding our community’s well-being and fortifying ourselves against potential threats.
In light of the reported 337% increase in antisemitic incidents across the United States since October 7, now is a critical time to demonstrate your support for our community, the 2024 Annual Campaign, and these vital programs. By funding initiatives aimed at combating antisemitism and its associated attacks, we can safely and effectively address the underlying causes of hatred and discrimination. These programs serve a crucial role in raising awareness, fostering education, and building alliances within the greater Charlotte community in order to combat prejudice.
The 2024 Annual Campaign launched at the recent Federation Super Event was just the beginning. Your ongoing support and engagement are essential as we continue to advance Federation’s mission of fostering a stronger, more unified greater Charlotte Jewish community. Over the next several months your participation will be instrumental in continuing the mission to champion Jewish life through philanthropy, advocacy, and education: values that define our community and push us all forward.