We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global movement dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, charities, families, business, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
The Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation together with the Wichita Jewish Community School is bringing #GivingTuesday to our community. Join us and be a part of the global celebration of a new tradition of generosity. We will be holding a collection drive for non-perishable food items, coats, hats, gloves, blankets and teen gifts. Cash donations are also welcome.
Let's see what you and others are doing through #UNselfie photos. While shopping, dropping off, or doing good deeds, TAKE A PICTURE with the #UNselfie template here. Let's show the world what our community looks like in action! Send the WJCS and/or the MKJF your photos or upload your #UNselfie to the MKJF's Facebook page!
All we need now to make this day a success is your generosity. It's a chance to be part of something bigger than each of us individuals - and all for the good of tikkun olam, repairing of the world and fulfill the mitzvah of tzedekah in places we'd never imagine.
For the past 80 years, the Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation has assured the health and the future of Jewish life at home, in Israel and over 70 countries around the globe.
Together, with your help through our 2015 Annual Campaign, we can still answer the needs of the Jewish world today. This is our legacy!
We're restoring Jewish life where it was lost.
In places where Jews haven't shared a Shabbath in decades, the MKJF is rekindling the Jewish spirit. We are supporting Jewish cultural festivals in Bulgaria and school programs in Ukraine. And through programs that bring hope to our elderly in the former Soviet Union.
Our traditions are ancient. Our packaging is 21st century.
Today we're imparting Judaism to a younger generation using leading-edged means to engage them. A child may be inspired to explore Jewish histroy on an iPad or curl up under the covers with a PJ Library book. A young adult is excited to tweet about a Birthright trip. And a Jewish summer camper might share group shots on their Facebook page.
In endless ways, the MKJF is helping to ensure that our culture lives on. Refashioned for a new generation.
This time it's not a rescue mission.
Yesterday we saved millions of Jews by bringing them to Israel. It's a mission of identity and continuance. Today the MKJF is connecting a new generation to Israel to inspire them. And it's vital.
You might say we're always on call.
When a family loses their income or an entire community is devastated by a disaster, the MKJF is there. It's a pledge we live by. We make sure those without family are not forgotten or those in need are not left without assistance. We provide a safety net that will never be broken.
Help us carry our legacy into the future.
When you make a donation to the MKJF's 2015 Annual Campaign, your gift helps to care for our entire Jewish community. You help inspire and strengthen Jewish connections. And you nurture and rescue our people wherever they're in need.
NOTE: To be eligible for a tax deduction for THIS calendar year, the MKJF must receive your donation, by December 31, 2014. You can do this by mailing a check to the MKJF, 400 N. Woodlawn, Suite 8, Wichita, KS 67208.
Today our work is far from finished. And we need your support.
Together, we do extraordinary things!
Summer camp fosters Jewish identity and creates a life-long bond with the Jewish community. While whispering after lights out, creating bunk traditions, or gathering to welcome Shabbat, Jewish children experienced Jewish community that was vibrant, celebratory, and fun!
To make these summers a reality, the Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation provides non-need-based scholarships for first time campers (up to $1,000). Need-based assistance is also available to attend after the first year.
For Jewish teens that have aged out of being a camper but still want a Jewish summer experience, the MKJF offers scholarships for Jewish "Teen Experiences" (examples include BBYO Summer Experiences, Adamah Adventures Teen Treks or Camp Tawonga Adventure Quests). The MKJF also offers an "Israel Experience" scholarship to encourage Jewish high school students to visit Israel. These non-need-based scholarships are available to teens in grades 10 - 12.
The MKJF is one resource for summer youth programs. Contact our office at 686-4741 for more information online, you can visit www.jewishcamp.org/camps or info.com for info about camps and teen programs.
Download the 2015 Camp Scholarship Request form here or the 2015 Israel Teen and Jewish Teen Experience Scholarship Request form here. All applications for any of the scholarships are due by February 27, 2015.