Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton

The Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton & its Agencies care
for those in need, strengthen Jewish life, and create connections
among Jews — acting locally, in Israel, and around the world.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton would like to sincerely thank our LIFE & LEGACY donors for their support. Your legacy gift will allow the Jewish Federation to care for those in need, strengthen Jewish life and create connections among Jews for years to come. Please click here to view our LIFE & LEGACY 2018 donor list.

Annual Campaign

The Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton’s Annual Campaign has been raising funds for over one hundred years, supporting our local agencies, and providing for Jews in need in Israel and around the world.


Annual Meeting
Holocaust Art & Writing Contest
Holocaust Remembrance (Yom Hashoah)
Innovation Grants
Intro to Judaism
JCRC – Jewish Community Relations Council
Jewish Dayton Dreams Big
Men’s Philanthropy
Miami Valley Jewish Genealogy & History
Partnership 2Gether
PJ Library, PJ Our Way & PJ Grandparents
Presidents Dinner
Women’s Philanthropy
Young Adult Division (YAD)
Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton – CEO

Cathy Gardner

Phone: 937-610-1555
Email: CGardner@jfgd.net

Cathy’s Whim – A Letter from the Governor

In 1974, I was a freshman in college at the University of Florida. During that first year, I went to a lecture with my Jewish sorority sisters and friends, featuring Moshe Dayan, the Israeli military leader and politician.

Cathy’s Whim – Happy Chanukah

On Sunday, November 28th, many of you will gather around the menorah with family and friends to light a candle for the first night of Chanukah.

Cathy’s Whim – Jewish Life in America

This past weekend, I was speaking with friends who are getting ready to head to Florida for the winter. Our conversation quickly transitioned from talking about their travels to discussing Florida’s large Jewish population.

Cathy’s Whim – Food, Glorious Food

It’s hard to believe the High Holidays are already behind us. Many of us are left with wonderful memories of attending services, gathering with family and friends, and enjoying lots of good food.

Cathy’s Whim – The Color of the Year – Gray

When Cheryl Carne and Jane Hochstein each came to me several months ago to tell me they were retiring, I think I was initially in denial. Cheryl and Jane are both fixtures in the Dayton Jewish community. They had been working for the Federation for 19 years and 14 years, respectively. It was difficult to imagine not having them in the building.

Cathy’s Whim – A Powerhouse of Advocacy

On Tuesday, Senior Director of JCRC Marcy Paul and I traveled to Columbus for an Ohio Jewish Communities (OJC) meeting at the Governor’s residence. Over 35 people – including Federation, JCRC, and OJC professionals and lay leaders – came together with Governor Mike DeWine, Director of Faith Based and Community Initiatives Michele Reynolds, and Ohio Department of Public Safety Assistant Director Karen Huey to discuss the surge in antisemitism.

Cathy’s Whim – People, People, People

It’s been about a month since my last WHIM. While my intentions are to do a weekly WHIM, this summer has gotten away from me a bit. It’s been very busy here at the Federation. All staff are now back at the office, getting reacquainted with each other and meshing their respective work environments from pre-COVID with some tools utilized while working from home (like Zoom meetings). During all of this, we’ve also faced some significant changes.

Cathy’s Whim – Dismantling Antisemitism

Prior to March of 2021, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) put a call out for community members to participate on an Antisemitism Committee. We were fortunate to hear from 12 passionate individuals who were eager to give their time toward this critical issue. The committee would spend the first six months dedicating themselves to examining how antisemitism could be contextualized into the JCRC pillars of EDUCATE-ADVOCATE-ACT.

Cathy’s Whim – Let’s Talk About Israel and Antisemitism

How do we speak with one Jewish voice? We have varying perspectives on Israel’s path to peace. Our Jewish community is comprised of a wide range of religiosity and practice. We have different ways in which we engage in our Jewish culture. Certainly, our politics vary.

Cathy’s Whim – Support for Israel

The Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton has always been a fervent supporter of Israel. We believe in Israel’s right to exist as a safe and sovereign state. At this perilous time, it is incumbent on us to stay informed of the current situation in Israel and take action when necessary.

Contact the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton

Jewish Observer

International exhibit with Tel Aviv premiere launched via Dayton

By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer The photography and written narratives of 31 Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the United States, Hungary, and Israel ranging in ages from high school students to lifelong learners were featured on exhibit as part of Photo Is:rael’s 2021 International Photography Festival in Tel The post International exhibit with Tel Aviv premiere launched via Dayton appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

Mazel Tov!

With Bark Mitzvah Boy, The Dayton Jewish Observer Abigail Zied, a sophomore at Kent State University from Springboro, has received the Marion C. and William B. Risman Family Scholarship in Jewish Studies. Abigail majors in psychology with a concentration in child psychology and minors in Jewish studies and human development The post Mazel Tov! appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

By Rabbi Shmuel Klatzkin, Chabad of Greater Dayton Kentucky native Wendell Berry writes of the genius of the life of the community. He grounded his novels, poems, and essays in the values of the farming community into which he was born. In an essay written more than three decades ago, The post The necessity of community appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

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