Mitzvot Make a Difference: National Volunteer Week

Benjamin Schechtman

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia appreciates our outstanding volunteers and the support they provide for their communities every year. Through their generosity and hours of hard work, they keep the Jewish Federation and its supported organizations moving forward to ensure a vibrant Jewish present and future. This National Volunteer Week, April 17-23, and every week, the Jewish Federation applauds our incredible volunteers and their commitment to creating a better and brighter world.

“I volunteer with the Jewish Relief Agency (JRA), which is supported by the Jewish Federation, because food insecurity is the first and most urgent need that we, as a collective, can do our part to alleviate. Hopefully, whatever small part I play, it brings comfort to others.”

– Benjamin Shechtman

Barbara Rosenau

“It was wonderful to do a mitzvah and volunteer with the Kehillah of Buxmont, supported by the Jewish Federation, to give out shalach manot at the Horsham Center for Jewish Life. It was so meaningful to bring the joy of Purim to the senior residents.”

– Barbara Rosenau

“In partnership with the Jewish Federation, experts and the community, we created the Friends of Jewish Cemeteries initiative for volunteers to develop short- and long-term solutions to repair historic cemeteries and provide opportunities for descendants and the community to connect.”


– Rich Blumberg

Rich Blumberg

“I’m a long-time advocate and volunteer for Our Closet, a division of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, supported by the Jewish Federation. We distribute free clothing to vulnerable individuals and families throughout Greater Philadelphia. It’s so important to work together to help those who need it most.”

– Robyn Carp

Find out how you can give back to your community by getting involved with the Jewish Federation and our partner agencies – visit or contact Senior Director of Leadership Development and Community Engagement Addie Lewis Klein at [email protected].

Robyn Carp





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