Weekly Blast
Best Wishes for a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous 2013!

Flint Jewish Federation--The Smart, Meaningful Way to Give!
In This Issue
Save the Date--Scrambled and Dr. King Dinner
Annual Campaign Appeal
"Embracing the Brotherhood of Mankind"--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Dinner
Thursday, January 17, 2013, 6pm
Sarvis Conference Center, 1231 E. Kearsley, Flint, Michigan
Plan to join Executive Director Steven Low and his wife Susan at the Federation's table next month as we honor Dr. King.  Jews played an important role, marching hand in hand with Dr. King and giving up their lives for the civil rights movement.  Tickets are only $30 and are almost gone.  Please call Ashley at the Federation office (810) 767-5922 to reserve your place.
Scrambled by Beth Kander
January 10, 2013, 7:00 pm,
Temple Beth El
5150 Calkins Road, Flint
Join us for a dramatic reading of the play Scrambled featuring a cast drawn from our own Sisterhood members.  It is the story of Sara and Neshama.  Sara is wisecracking, single, broke and secular.  Neshama is serious, married, infertile and Orthodox.  Brought together by Sara's Episcopalian roomate each must question what really matters.  Sara must consider donating her eggs and Neshama ponders accepting them.
Coffee and dessert will be served following the play.  No charge to attend but donations gratefully accepted.  Information?  Call Char Bruce at (810) 513-5021.
Presented by the TBE and CBI Sisterhoods with generous support by the Ravitz Fund and through special arrangement with Steele Spring Theatrical Licensing.


Jewish Federations Connect Jewish Students Globally


Jewish Federations facilitate learning opportunities for students across the globe. The Jewish Agency for Israel, which is supported by Jewish Federations, connects educators and students at more than 200 schools in Israel with an equal number in Jewish communities worldwide through its Partnership2Gether (P2G) International School Twinning Network. The program brings together Israeli children, from preschool to 12th grade, with their peers in Jewish day schools and afternoon Hebrew schools in North America, England, Mexico, Australia and the former Soviet Union.


To donate now call 810 767-5922 or mail your donation to 619 Wallenberg St., Flint Michigan, 48502


Donations must be received or postmarked by December 31, 2012 to be tax deductible for the 2012 tax year.


We will be closing at 3 pm on December 31st. Credit card donations must be made by 10 am that day in order to be processed in time.


Only 4 Days remain to reach our goal.The Annual Campaign is at $240,000--Our goal is $280,000.  Please help us reach our goal!  If you have made your gift thank you.  If you can make a supplemental gift please do!


In Israel's Southern Border Region: JDC's Work Continues  


Yael Ben Nun directs JDC's Better Together program in Israel's South. The program addresses the needs of children and adolescents living in disadvantaged neighborhoods by providing them with top-notch pre-school frameworks, school-readiness support, and constructive extracurricular activities. It also helps parents acquire more effective coping skills.


Yael herself lives close to the Gaza border. With the ceasefire holding, she reports that life there has nominally returned to normal: children are back in school, mothers are back at work, and parents are accompanying their children to after-school programs.


Teenagers, however, have been hesitant to resume their regular activities, so Yael says that she and her staff will be redoubling their efforts to recruit group participants.


"Israelis have a remarkable ability to return to routine after a crises" Yael notes. Yet when night falls, it quickly becomes apparent that the effects of the war are still deeply felt. Mothers report that their children often cry and are afraid to go to sleep; they themselves seem to hear alerts everywhere - even though the sirens are thankfully silent.


Like her neighbors and colleagues, Yael was in and out of bomb shelters throughout the crisis, and with her husband on reserve duty, she had to care for their four young children by herself. Despite her own worries, Yael was constantly in touch with her staff in the field, as well as her clients, who updated her regularly on what was happening in their neighborhoods.


These reports testified to what Better Together has already achieved - participants in the program were better able to cope with the emergency situation than many other residents of the South. They followed emergency instructions calmly and carefully, tried to maintain their household routine, and looked after their neighbors' needs.


Of course, Yael warns, it is much too early to know what long-term impact the recent crisis will have on those who have been enduring rockets and terror for so many years.


JDC will be implementing post-trauma programs across the region, developing new frameworks when necessary and working to expand successful programs like Yael's in collaboration with local authorities, schools, and social service agencies.

To learn more about JDC's response to the recent crisis and its ongoing work in Israel, visit: http://www.jdc.org/where-we-work/israel/.


The Value and Dignity of Hope

Your donation to Federation reaches into every corner of the global Jewish community in more than 70 countries around the world, as well as locally. Your gift inspires lifelong Jewish connections, breaks the cycle of poverty and responds to emergencies.


$19--a food package including rice, lentils, oil, sugar, coffee and other basics


$100--warm coats to get a needy couple through winter


$125--one month of medication for a poor Jewish senior


$180--an independent living skills workshop for a disabled Israeli


$400--lunches, transportation and security for one student for a year in a Kiev school


$500--a crib, high chair and stroller for one baby in a needy family in Latin America


$750--a scholarship to help local youth attend a Jewish camp or youth group conclave


$1800--an employment program to help an Israeli woman become independent