San Antonio loves PJ Library!!! In addition to receiving age appropriate books every month in the mail, you'll be invited to a variety of programs throughout the year where you can meet other families with young children.
PJ Library San Antonio offers so many outlets for Jewish learning…
When the monthly books come, it is a perfect time to turn those snuggly moments into Jewish moments and enjoy Jewish reading time together.
When you come to our events, you meet other Jewish families from around San Antonio, and your families can form connections that will last a life time! We have wonderful signature events all over town including frozen yogurt shops, partnerships with our local synagogues and Jewish schools. We had a huge Back to School Jewish Rock Star concert, and each year we celebrate holidays of all types, including Jewish and national, together.
Up next on our radar, we will help 9-11 year olds continue to love Jewish learning as the third pilot program with PJ Our Way! Kids will get their own password protected account, and they can choose their own PJ chapter books to receive in the mail each month.
PJ Library also goes to camp and school, which you will hear about later!
For more information or to sign up for PJ Library, contact Lauren Abraham.
The Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio is dedicated to educating our community about the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy around the world. Over the past year, HMMSA has educated over 15,000 visitors ranging from students, adults, seniors and military groups. Through our exhibits and educational programming we honor the memory of the six million Jews and other innocent victims of the Holocaust, and the inspirational legacy of those who survived.
Click Here to visit the HMMSA website and learn of upcoming events related to the Museum!
Jewish students from UTSA, Trinity, UTHSCSA, Incarnate Word, Texas A&M San Antonio, St. Mary’s University, and the Alamo Colleges are engaged through Hillel San Antonio’s programs, Shabbat dinners, holiday celebrations, and community service activities. Future Jewish leaders are formed through Hillel SA.
For nearly a century, Hillel’s network of dedicated student leaders, professionals and volunteers have encouraged generations of young adults to celebrate Jewish learning and living, pursue social justice (tikkun olam and tzedek) and connect to their peers and the global Jewish people. By participating in life-changing trips and campus initiatives, students learn to make a meaningful impact on the future of the Jewish people and the world while they grow intellectually, socially, and spiritually. At the heart of the Hillel network is the Charles and Lynn Schusterman International Center, supporting local Hillels to ensure that we achieve our mission “to enrich the lives of Jewish students so they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.”
Through formal and informal Jewish education, children and young adults are developing their Jewish identity at the various Jewish child development centers and preschools, the Shmuel Bass Torah Academy of San Antonio, Jewish overnight and day camps, and on Israel trips. Federation provides camperships, scholarships and support to ensure a life-changing and meaningful Jewish Experience.
Our educators here in the Jewish community, have the opportunity for professional development and teacher training days to learn about Judaism, connect to their colleagues and peers, gain wisdom about Jewish life and feel INSPIRED and supported by our greater community.
Partnership2Gether (P2G) has, over the past 20 years, become the Jewish Agency for Israel’s and the Jewish Federations of North America’s most successful and effective model for creating enduring and meaningful relationships between global Jewish communities and communities in Israel. It is now the central platform for the promotion, empowerment and development of deep connections among Jewish communities.
The Community Relations Council is a standing committee of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio. It is comprised of representatives of the various Jewish agencies. We interpret the position and needs of the Jewish people throughout the world for the San Antonio community. We seek to foster relationships with and between other religious, ethnic, and racial groups. We address issues of anti-Semitism immediately and professionally. We are an integral part of programs like the Catholic and Jews Celebrate Hanukkah program, the MLK Interfaith Worship Service, and the Interreligious Council of San Antonio. We are also contributors and participants of the Cultural Conversations Program begun by city leaders after our community was shaken by anti-Semitic vandalism last year. The Community Relations Council is the public affairs arm of the Federation.
For more information, or to get involved, contact CRC Director Ellen Ollervidez.
The Jewish Community Center is striving to be a place for all children. Our goal is that children with special needs can be included in a traditional summer camp experience. The JCC Inclusion Summer Camp program is the only Jewish inclusion program in South Texas; however it is open to all families who are members. The children and their families are involved with the decisions and program design related to the individual child. This past summer we had 18 children in the program. All of children in camp had a great time learning about one another and learning to appreciate differences. Camp Director Lisa Guerrero shared a quote from one family, “Each year that our daughter participates in your program, we see positive changes in her attitude, development and behavior. It is rare that special needs children are given the opportunity to experience a true inclusive summer camp program like the one offered by the JCC. The high level of acceptance and participation provided has given her a wonderful sense of self that carries over into all aspects of her life.”
To learn about our JCC camp opportunities and to contact the youth and camping office, please visit the JCC website HERE.
Our Federation dollars support The Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization, impacting millions of lives in more than 70 countries today. In fact, JDC is a Partner Agency of Jewish Federations of North America.
JDC leverages a century’s experience confronting poverty and crisis around the world to; save the world’s poorest Jews, revitalize Jewish life, empower Israel’s future, develop tomorrow’s Jewish leaders, and rescue victims of global emergencies.
JDC reaches Jews in need with life-saving assistance wherever they may be. JDC’s global network of on-the-ground professionals provides critical support services and helps build self-sustaining Jewish communities in Latin America, Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and throughout the former Soviet Union. In Israel, JDC helps ensure that all of Israel’s people can be part of the country’s society. When emergency strikes, JDC is there, bring transferable programs to scale to address pressing human needs, rebuild infrastructure, and reinvigorate community life.
With nearly a century’s experience helping Jewish community confront crises and battle extreme poverty, JDC’s disaster response and community development programs provide a lifeline for some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
To learn more about the work JDC does, visit their website at http://www.jdc.org/.
Jewish Family Service (JFS) was founded by the Jewish Federation of San Antonio more than 43 years ago to help Jewish and non-Jewish individuals and families in the surrounding area. The Mission was, and remains today, “to enhance the quality of life of individuals and families of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds in San Antonio and the surrounding area, through social, psychological, health and educational programs guided by Jewish values.”
JFS is an independent nonprofit corporation which is managed by a Board of Directors that is reflective of the San Antonio population. It collaborates closely with the Federation, the JCC, and Golden Manor to offer services and programs that address the needs of thousands of San Antonians. It is also proud to partner with the United Way, Methodist Healthcare Ministries, the San Antonio Area Foundation, the Baptist Healthcare Foundation, St. Luke’s Lutheran Ministries, Valero, and others who care about the quality of life for children and adults in need. JFS is also supported by individual donations by members of the Jewish and greater communities.
The JFS Senior and Disability Services program provides support for those in crisis, assistance with the selection of living situations and facilities, and in-home assessments for safety, comfort, nutrition and care. JFS social workers also help clients address social isolation, coordinate transportation to medical appointments and provide information and referrals.
JFS provides comprehensive mental health services by offering individual, family, and couples counseling as well as anger management groups. Diagnosis, prescription and medication management are also available by board certified psychiatrists.
Call JFS at (210)302-6920 if you or a loved one needs any of these professional services.
The Young Adult Division is working as the hub of a vibrant and dynamic Jewish community for young adults between the ages of 22-45ish in San Antonio. By serving as a connector for things Jewish, we help native San Antonians and newcomers to find meaning and build relationships in all facets of life, from professional and religious to cultural and communal settings. For the first time, a Young Adult Division Board, made up for 16 people, lead by Kelly Klein, is developing the future leaders our community.
The Emerging Leadership Course is an application, self selecting course that runs for 8 sessions. The goals of the ELC are to encourage and nurture Jewish leadership and increase participation in and commitment to the San Antonio Jewish community. Program topics include the Jewish history of San Antonio, the structure of the local Jewish community, the needs and challenges facing Israel and world Jewry, how to be a great advocate for our people, and the development of specific leadership skills to make a positive contribution to Jewish life.
Social programming and special events throughout the year allows for young adults to have engaging opportunities that build community, partnerships and collaboration.
Our networking series, JNet SA is a community wide program that allows people to meet change makers, thought leaders, community investors and those making a difference in their respective fields. Participants are inspired by meeting new people, networking, and learning about the work an industry leader does for our vibrant community.
For more information about the Young Adult Division or to get involved, contact the YAD Director, Samantha Mazuz at firstname.lastname@example.org or (210) 302-6970. You can also visit the YAD Facebook page at facebook.com/YAD San Antonio.
Innovation Fund grants are intended to inspire individuals, organizations, synagogues, and agencies to develop innovative and/or impactful programs and services that support and enrich the greater San Antonio Jewish community. Applications should align with one or more of the funding priorities, each of which is consistent with the Federation’s mission and strategic plan.
We foster great ideas that fill gaps in our community. Our Jewish Federation has jumpstarted initiatives to make our Jewish community more vibrant for everyone.
Several grants have been awarded for new projects that have meaningfully enhanced Jewish life and community here in San Antonio. Individuals, congregations, and organizations are eligible to apply. Collaboration and partnerships are encouraged, and the projects must align with at least one of the five identified funding priorities; Jewish education and identity, caring for the vulnerable, outreach and engagement, leadership development, or Israel and overseas.
Stay tuned for information on the next phase of innovation fund grants, that will be available in the spring of 2017.
The mission of the San Antonio Jewish Coalition for Literacy is to provide “at risk” elementary school students in San Antonio with one-on-one tutoring once a week. Tutors are of all races and religious faiths. The immediate goal is to have consistent, caring volunteers who will serve not only as teachers, but also as friends and role models for the students. As mentors, the tutors encourage students to live up to their potential and set goals for themselves. Our visionary goal is that the students who are helped will be more likely to finish high school, get a complete education, and become more productive citizens in the community. Another mission of the San Antonio Jewish Coalition for Literacy is to provide classes in English as a Second Language for adults whose native language is not English. The classes will include, but are not limited to parents of students in the literacy program. Students learn basic English grammar, conversation, and preparation for citizenship.
For more information, or to learn how to volunteer, contact Nathan Ratner at email@example.com.
Our Jewish educators of San Antonio come together in many ways. Our Jewish Preschools of San Antonio (Block and Dreeben School for Young Children, Gan Gani School at Chabad, and Heintz Preschool at Agudas Achim) are connected through our Jewish Education Director’s Council for Early Childhood which recently received the prestigious PJ Goes To School national grant. This grant allows national educators from PJ Library to come to San Antonio six times to train our local educators using PJ values and curriculum. These sessions have included lessons in new musical initiatives, storytelling philosophies, and new ways to engage with PJ Library books throughout the entire framework of the day of Pre-School. Educators also benefit extensively from monthly lesson and value ideas and materials given out through this grant.
Our elementary and supplementary Jewish educators enjoy learning days on a regular basis with expert educators on topics such as Mitzvah madness, classroom management and discipline, engaging with children with special needs, and educational philosophy and theory.
Our Jewish Federation of San Antonio also gives out the Grinspoon Foundation Award for Excellence in Jewish Education each year as a $1000 gift to one stellar Jewish educator nominated in San Antonio. We look to our Jewish educational organizations for nominations and feedback for this award, and we hope it inspires Jewish education to continue at a high level in San Antonio.
Since 1929, The Jewish Agency for Israel has been working to secure a vibrant Jewish future.
The Jewish Agency is instrumental in founding and building the State of Israel while continue to serve as the main link between the Jewish state and Jewish communities everywhere. This global partnership has enabled JAFI to address the Jewish People’s greatest challenges in every generation.
Today, JAFI connects the global Jewish family, bringing Jews to Israel, and Israel to Jews, by providing meaningful Israel engagement and facilitating Aliyah. They build a better society in Israel - and beyond - energizing young Israelis and their worldwide peers to rediscover a collective sense of Jewish purpose.
The Jewish Agency continues to be the Jewish world’s first responder, prepared to address emergencies in Israel, and to rescue Jews from countries where they are at risk
The Jewish Agencies vision is to ensure the future of a connected, committed, global Jewish People with a strong Israel at its center, with a mission to inspire Jews throughout the world to connect with their People, heritage, and homeland, and empower them to build a thriving Jewish future and a strong Israel.
Some of the featured JAFI programs include; City Mart Food Cooperative which offers lower cost groceries and supplies to Israel’s periphery, Amigour a subsidiary that provides quality housing in Israel to the elderly, new immigrants and single parent families, the Global Service Center is a one-stop Aliyah hotline in 6 languages, Schlichim programs that bridge the gap between Jewish of different backgrounds and Israel, First Home in the Homeland provides young families with a warm home on a kibbutz for the first 6-12 months in Israel, Masa Israel Journey allows young Jews to spend 5-12 months in Israel as part of a study, volunteer or internship program, Taglit-Birthright Israel, Partnership2Gether, and many many more. To learn more about these programs visit JAFI’s website.