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 and PJ Our Way
Presidents Dinner
Stand with Israel
The SEEDS Project
Women’s Philanthropy
Young Adult Division (YAD)
Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton – CEO

Cathy Gardner

Phone: 937-610-1555

This is What Success Looks Like

I was recently having a conversation with Kate Elder, our PJ Library Coordinator. Now before I go...

Don’t Miss This Opportunity!

Don’t Miss This Opportunity! As a child, I attended Sunday school, went through confirmation, and...

Feedback is Important

Feedback is Important As the CEO of the Federation, I am often the first person to receive...

New Report on Antisemitism

New Report on Antisemitism  Earlier this month, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Tel Aviv...

Telling the Story Through Dance

As a child, I went through a phase where I wanted to be a ballerina. I was in awe of their poise,...

There Is More to The Story

We have all heard the phrase, “There is more to the story.” Oftentimes, the stories we see in the...

Let’s Talk About Antisemitism

Antisemitism has long been an issue in our world. It seemed, at least for a short time, that...

Our Work is Far from Over

Like many in our Jewish community, I am continually distressed by the events of October 7th and...

Shabbat of Love

Of all of the beautiful Jewish customs and practices, the one that I personally find the most...

The Response We Were Hoping to Hear

Last week, a congressional hearing took place with the presidents of Harvard, MIT, and the...

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Jewish Observer

By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer In a talk at Temple Israel nearly 30 years ago, celebrated local artist Ray Must made a point that was important to him: “I am a Jew who is an artist, not a ‘Jewish artist.’ My work is directed to wider audiences and The post Look at Us celebrates our Jewish artists & artisans appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

By Rabbi Levi Simon, Chabad of Greater Dayton There is a captivating story in the Talmud that illuminates the extent to which Judaism values, loves, and is tolerant of all people — and teaches us to do the same. There was once a gentile who wished to convert to Judaism The post Rabbi Hillel’s strong call to action appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

Beavercreek’s library has a new name: on June 21 it was renamed the Carol Graff Beavercreek Library in honor of the city’s former mayor and current Greene County Public Library president. Carol has served for 19 years on the board of the county’s public library system, seven of them as The post Mazel Tov! appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

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