A Step in the Door: Getting Involved in the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia offers a number of welcoming groups to get involved. Courtesy: Getty Images

Passionate about community, but don’t know where to start? The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia brings concrete ways to get involved with like-minded peers. There are many opportunities to connect – whether through shared interests or common life stages. Each group has meaningful programming, leadership and philanthropic opportunities, and curated missions.

Want to get involved but don’t see the right group? Contact the Jewish Federation’s Director of Affinities and Volunteer Engagement Marni Davis at [email protected].

Learn more about these options and their giving opportunities at jewishphilly.org/get-involved/

Neighborhood Groups

Who should join? Anyone living in Greater Philadelphia can participate in a Kehillah (Hebrew for “community”), which includes: Bucks County, Buxmont, Center City, Chester County, Delaware County, Lower Merion, Northeast and Old York Road.

Opportunities: Family-friendly programming, Jewish holidays celebrations, hands-on volunteering, curated missions and educational classes.

Goal: Bridge geographic areas to create inspired Jewish communities and offer programming and enrichment for all ages.


Who should join? People in their 20s, 30s and early 40s.

Opportunities: Volunteering, giving societies, leadership programs, social events and mission trips around the world.

Goal: Connect leaders and philanthropists looking to give back while building community.

Jewish Federation Real Estate (JFRE)

Who should join? Real estate and industry related professionals. There are JFRE and Young JFRE membership options available.

Opportunities: Unique professional gatherings and social events, private tours of new properties, Young JFRE mentorship program, and members’ only events.

Goal: Advance real estate careers while advancing the community.

Women of Vision

Who should join? Self-identifying Jewish women and girls. There are various lifetime membership levels.

Opportunities: Advocacy and educational programs. Members can also vote on strategic grantmaking to benefit Israel and Greater Philadelphia.

Goal: Impact the lives of self-identifying Jewish women and girls across generations and geographic boundaries through social change and social justice.

Women’s Philanthropy

Who should join? Women of all ages.

Opportunities: Leadership development, social events, networking programs, travel experiences, volunteering and giving societies.

Goal: Engage women in the fulfilling work of supporting the Jewish community in Greater Philadelphia and around the world.

Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)

Who should join? Civic-minded individuals interested in advocacy and public affairs.

Opportunities: Educational programs, advocacy initiatives and mission trips in Greater Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Washington, D.C. and Israel.

Goal: Create a network that amplifies the Jewish voice on a local and national stage for public policy while advancing a just and pluralistic society.


Who should join? People looking to broaden their horizons and discover Jewish culture around the globe.

Opportunities: Highly curated trips, introductions to local community members, and first-hand experiences as to what the Jewish Federation is doing to meet the challenges Jews are facing around the world.

Goal: Provide a unique sense of purpose through immersive travel experiences that encompass social justice, community-building and the investment of a secure Jewish future.


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