As the umbrella organization for all Jews in Lane County, Oregon, our Federation is unaffiliated with any denomination or synagogue. One of more than 150 Jewish Federations throughout North America, our Federation oversees:
- Outreach and engagement
- Leadership development
- Advocacy for and response to local and national human rights issues
- Global Jewish connections
Caring for Jews in Need
If we don’t take care of our community who will?
Because we believe it is our responsibility, the Federation leverages the strength of our community to provide aid for Jews in need. The well-being of Jewish seniors is a core priority.
Our work also includes seeing to daily necessities for those in need, connecting people to the skills and services necessary to be self-sufficient, and ensuring children with special needs and others at-risk have their needs met and can participate in Jewish life.
Ensuring the Jewish Future
The future is built on what we do today, so the Federation creates opportunities for people of all ages to participate in and celebrate Jewish life and to connect with the community and with Israel.
- PJ Library
- Oral History Project
- Building our next generation of leaders by supporting Oregon Hillel, BBYO and Youth Scholarships
Engaging and Mobilizing our Community
We mobilize our community to pursue an inclusive society that reflects the best of American and Jewish values, a strong Jewish future and a safe and vibrant Israel. We advocate for major public policy issues at the local, state and federal levels.
Helping Jews Overseas
Many Jews overseas lead lives much more difficult than our own. For example, in Russia, $1 a day will provide a hot lunch delivered to an elderly Jew possibly apartment bound, and sometimes their only hot meal of the day.
- Supporting the Jewish Federations of North America
Board of Directors
The Federation is governed by a board of directors composed of not less than seven and not more than 18 community members. Included on the board are the offices of president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. Several committees assist in the operation of the Federation.
Debbie Rose Libeskind
Diana G Learner
Margot Helphand, Past President
Vern Katz, M.D.
Martha MacRitchie, M.D.
Social Services Coordinator
PJ Library Coordinator
Education Committee Chair
Jewish Community Relations Council
Jewish Oral History Project Coordinator