Community Update 9: The Numbers Tell The Story

“Where does my money go?” is a question I often hear. Readers of my Community Updates and our monthly FEDConnect e-newsletter by now appreciate the wide variety of activities and programs the Jewish Federation of Howard County plans and sponsors every year. These programs are possible only thanks to financial support from community members like you. 

As our fiscal year draws to a close on June 30, we are $90,000 short of our fundraising goal of $600,000. Please consider making a contribution now by clicking here .

So, where does your money go? I hope the following facts and figures from the past year will underscore the importance of your financial help.   


WE HELP THOSE IN NEED , providing for the most vulnerable

Jewish Community Social Worker

  • 250 household items delivered to isolated Jewish residents in the county
  • 240 visits with residents, either at their homes or at the social worker’s office
  • 227 Jewish Emergency Network gift cards distributed to residents in need
  • 100+ referrals to government and other services for residents in need
  • 21 participants in two new bereavement support groups

Jewish Community Chaplain, as well as Hospice Rabbi

  • 814 visits made to Jewish patients at Howard County General Hospital or in hospice care
  • 520 visits made to seniors at local nursing homes and assisted living facilities
  • 180 Shabbat services and 30 holiday services performed at local nursing home and assisted living facilities
  • 610 challot delivered to local residents throughout the year


WE BUILD COMMUNITY , uniting Howard County

  • HCPSS)

Testified for additional funding for diversity, equity, and inclusion programs within HCPSS Community Programs

  • 1,000+ at Interfaith Vigil in the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue killings
  • 1000+ attendees at the annual Purim Palooza
  • 500+ attendees at the annual Yom HaShoah
  • 225 women and girls at the annual Great Challah Bake


Volunteerism in Howard County

  • 313 participants on Good Deeds Day and Mitzvah Day
  • 145 Blessings in a Backpack with food packed for children from low-income homes
  • 115 bags of Trail Mix assembled for Paul’s Place
  • 70 Blessing Bags assembled to benefit those experiencing homelessness
  • 33 units of blood collected for the American Red Cross


Jewish Community Relations Council

  • Builds and maintains close bonds with local elected officials, faith leaders, and governmental officials
  • Advocates in Annapolis for various bills and initiatives
  • Works to address acts of anti-Semitism, hatred, xenophobia, and bigotry in Howard County Public School System (


WE ENRICH JEWISH LIFE , nurturing identity, culture, and engagement

PJ Library in Howard County

  • 488 families receive free Jewish books every month, over 8,000 this year
  • 521 people attendeed 60 PJ Library programs this year             


BBYO in Howard County

  • 224 Howard County teens are active in three BBYO chapters
  • $10,000 a year given to fund BBYO
  • Office space provided for the Howard County BBYO advisor and chapter meetings


Preschool/Religious School Scholarships

  • $20,000 to support inclusion and special education at local Jewish preschool and religious schools


WE STRENGTHEN GLOBAL PEOPLEHOOD , making an impact in Israel and oversees

Shlichut (Israel Emissary Program) in Howard County

  • Full-time shaliach in Howard County, including housing and other expenses
  • 846 kids and teens educated about Israel
  • 139 total programs and lectures
  • 62 school and synagogue programs
  • 61 holiday, Shabbat, and other Israeli-themed dinners


Partner Organizations that Support World Jewry

  • Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) supports Jews in Israel
  • Birthright Israel educates young adults on free trips to Israel
  • Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and World ORT support Jews in need across the globe


Please give generously before June 30 so we can continue to strengthen and nurture Jewish Life in Howard County next year! It all starts with you – donate today! Every dollar we raise before June 30 helps us ensure that this year's wonderful programs and initiatives will continue next year.


Ralph Grunewald,

Executive Director






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