The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia announced the allocation of funds for a variety of local and international programs at its final board meeting of the fiscal year.
The Center for Israel and Overseas’ approved funding was $3.2 million, down from $3.5 million; the Center for Jewish Life and Learning’s approved funding was $3.6 million, down from $3.8 million; and the Center for Social Responsibility’s approved funding was $3.5 million, down from $3.8 million.
The total for the three centers represents approximately 41 percent of the $25.6 million available for programming for the year. That $25.6 million is up nearly $600,000 from last year and includes donations designated for specific programs as well as the operating budgets for the three centers.
Sherrie Savett, who is handing the reins over to incoming president Bud Newman, ended the session with a moving summary of not just Federation’s accomplishments during her three-year term, but of what being a member of the community has meant to her. She recounted a brief but telling conversation she had with a 92-year-old volunteer honored at the Jewish Community Services Building last year.
To explain what kept him motivated to keep contributing after so long, she recalled, “He told me about a saying that his father had instilled in him from the time he was a child. It was a quote from Hillel: ‘Do not separate yourself from the community.’ I love this organization, and I will remain deeply involved. I will never separate from this community.”