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The Centennial Fund for a Jewish Future



The Challenge

Jewish parents at all levels of observance desire to pass along to their children the rich culture and value system inherent in Jewish tradition. However, many parents don't succeed because activities far beyond the Jewish sphere are a large part of families' lives today. Jews have drifted away from Jewish cultural activities, friends, ritual observance and identification with both Israel and the Jewish people.  With so many choices available, how can we ensure that today's young Jews will maintain a meaningful connection to Judaism?

The Solution

Jewish knowledge acquired through its many sources engenders an appreciation of the unique Jewish role in history and the need to preserve, express, and pass on our precious teachings. Through CFJF-funded programs such as One Happy Camper, we can offer children and their families a vibrant, compelling Judaism that generates genuine excitement and real devotion.

A 2005 study done on behalf of AviChai found that parents who had themselves engaged in Jewish experiences were far more likely to involve their children in Jewish experiences. The study found that 30% of parents who had gone to Jewish summer camp sent their children on Israel travel programs, as opposed to only 4% of parents who had never attended Jewish camp.

The Optimist

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A group of elderly, retired men gathers each morning at a café' in Tel Aviv.  They drink their coffee and sit for hours discussing the world situation. Given the state of the world, their talks usually are depressing. One day, one of the men startles the others by announcing, "You know what? I am an optimist."

The others are shocked, but one of them notices something fishy. "Wait a minute! If you're an optimist, why do you look so worried?"

"You think it's easy to be an optimist?"