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Good morning. With the conclusion of 2020 last night, we reflect on a year that has presented a unique set of challenges but also a year exemplified the many ways our community came together. We begin 2021 with tremendous feeling of hope and optimism for the year ahead. Thanks to the unwavering support of our community, we have witnessed remarkable strength, resilience and steadfast commitment to our core Jewish value of tikkun olam (repairing of the world).

Together, we demonstrated that Federation was built for this moment. Amid a health crisis, economic turmoil and incredible emotional strains, our community has overcome obstacles and achieved so much. THANK YOU!

TOGETHER
We raised more dollars for the 2020 Annual Campaign than any time in our 86 year history!
We raised more than $187,000 for the COVID-19 Emergency Fund!
We raised more than $216,000 for the Human Services Relief Matching Fund!
TOGETHER
We engaged and educated our community with virtual programming.
We connected with those in need in our community.
We collaborated with our five beneficiary agencies to provide critical services and support to meet immediate needs of the community.

TOGETHER
We made an impact during the most challenging of times.
We address the needs of our community Today, Tomorrow and TOGETHER.

To our generous donors, dedicated leadership and volunteers, and our professional staff - THANK YOU. Even in these challenging times we have much to be grateful for...

We Grow Stronger TOGETHER.

Shabbat Shalom ,
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upcoming federation events
New Castle County's Response to the Coronavirus & Vaccine Rollout Plan
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6TH AT 7 PM
Zoom Event

County Executive Matt Meyer will address community along with Dr. Karyl Thomas Rattay, Director of the Delaware Division of Public Health, and Dr. Rick Hong, State Medical Director. Organized by Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth and co-sponsored by Jewish Federation of Delaware, Jewish Community Relations Committee, Albert Einstein Academy, JFS Delaware, Kutz Senior Living Campus, Siegel JCC, UD Hillel, Wilmington Chapter of Hadassah, Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth, Congregation Beth Emeth, Congregation Beth Shalom, and Temple Beth El

Register in advance at AKSE.org/mattmeyer to receive an email with Zoom link.
Virtual Super Sunday
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31ST AT 10 AM
Zoom Event

Join us for the first ever VIRTUAL Super Sunday! Support your Jewish Community by making your 2021 Annual Campaign pledge! Volunteer to call donors to thank them for their previous support for our Jewish Community. Volunteers may also write Thank You Cards. PJ Library will host special Silly Joe Concert at 11 AM – 11:45 AM. DERECH will hold a Community Unity Program from 1 PM – 1:45 PM. To volunteer, contact Nicole@shalomdel.org.
Super Sunday Silly Joe Concert
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31ST AT 11 AM
Zoom Event

PJ Library will host special Silly Joe Concert at 11 AM – 11:45 AM. DERECH will hold a Community Unity Program from 1 PM – 1:45 PM. For more information, contact Philippa Miller at Philippa@shalomdel.org.
Virtual Mission To Washington
MONDAY, FEB 1ST - TUESDAY, FEB 2ND
Online

The first-ever Virtual Mission to Washington is an opportunity for communities across the United States to join together virtually with political leaders and policymakers from both sides of the aisle, to advocate for the future of the Jewish community. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about and advocate for laws that fight antisemitism, ensure a strong U.S.-Israel relationship and provide government resources to keep Jewish institutions flourishing.
upcoming community events
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29TH AT 3:30 PM  
ZOOM Event
Caring for a loved one with dementia? Meet the JFS COMPASS team to learn more about the program, common caregiver stressors & risks, and other JFS services & resources available to you. We're here to answer your questions! Register in advance for the secure access link: Other upcoming dates also available. Contact Beverly Kurzhals for more info: BKurzhals@jfsdelaware.org Learn more about JFS' dementia care & caregiver support program at www.jfsdelaware.org/COMPASS
BEGINNING JANUARY 3RD, 2021  
ZOOM Event
Lead by Rabbi Jeremy Winaker, this series will explore one of the most pressing issues facing the Jewish world today - how we move from being a people with no home to one with two permanent homes. This program is free of charge. Donations are encouraged. Register by completing the form on event's website. For more information, contact Bryan Abramson at babramson@cbswilmde.org.
Community Game Night and Hot Drink Social
SUNDAY, JANUARY 10TH, 2021 AT 7 PM  
ZOOM Event
Join Delaware synagogues statewide for an evening of fun...trivia, bingo and more. RSVPs by January 5, 2021 can be made to representatives from each of the participating synagogues: Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth, Congregation Beth Emeth, Congregation Beth Shalom, Congregation Beth Sholom of Dover, Seaside Jewish Community, and Temple Beth El. The event zoom link and hot drink recipes will be sent out via email before the event. Click here for details and RSVP contacts. 
One Book One Community: Georgia Hunter
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31ST, 2021 AT 7 PM  
ZOOM Event
Georgia Hunter will speak on her book "We Were the Lucky Ones". New York Times Best-Seller Author, Georgia Hunter, at age 15, learned she came from a family of Holocaust survivors. She will share what the decade-long journey of unearthing and recording her family history entailed and how it influenced her book. "WE Were the Lucky Ones", has been translated into 13 languages and received numerous awards. For more information, contact Gary Harad at g27harad@hotmail.com.
MONDAY-FRIDAY, 9 AM - 9 PM
(302) 781-4537 (4JFS)
JFS remains committed to meeting community needs and supporting YOU! The holiday season can be difficult, especially when we are all experiencing isolation and challenges like never before. JFS OnCall, a FREE & confidential emotional support hotline*, is available when you need support or an outlet to express yourself and your worries. Call 302-781-4537 (4JFS) to speak with our team. *This is not a crisis line. If you are having an emergency, call 9-1-1.
Today, Tomorrow, and TOGETHER
Federation Strengthens Community
TODAY... 
The Annual Campaign

  • Addresses the most pressing needs
  • Feeds the hungry
  • Helps the unemployed
  • Supports families with special needs
  • Funds Jewish education


Wendy Berger
Senior Vice President,
Financial Resource Development
302.427.2100 or Wendy@ShalomDel.org.
TOMORROW...
Create A Jewish Legacy

  • A legacy allows individuals and families to support the Jewish causes they care so deeply about.
  • An endowment ensures that tomorrow's needs will be met through perpetual funding.

Click here to learn more about
Creating A Jewish Legacy.

Shari Dym
CJL Program Manager
302.427.2100 or Shari@ShalomDel.org.
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