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Your support of the JFO Annual Campaign makes an impact on the local, national and global level. The annual campaign is at the heart of any strong Jewish community and allows our agencies to plan for the future. The funds raised this fall and winter will set the amount that is available to support Jewish Omaha’s programs and agencies into the next fiscal year. 

The support of those who contributed to last year’s Annual Campaign ensures that we CARE for Jews locally, in Israel and beyond;  we EDUCATE & ENGAGE our community; we INVEST in our Jewish Agencies and Community Partners.

This year, our world was turned upside down. Jewish Omaha answered the call, thanks to the donors who raised over $300,000 to support COVID-19 Emergency Relief Work.

Approximately 40 new senior clients received home delivered meals from Jewish Senior Outreach. This increased monthly deliveries by over 275 meals, adding an additional cost of almost $3000/month.

There were 145 requests for COVID-19 Emergency Assistance, totaling $44,093 as of 12/4/2020. Since the start of the pandemic, the needs of 95 families in our community have been answered by JFS.

The $66,500 in tuition assistance from the JFO COVID-19 Relief Jewish Educational Scholarships has ensured Jewish learning remains accessible to families impacted by COVID-19.


Jewish Family Service

Jewish Family Service professionals help our community members during their most difficult times. JFS and its impact have always been vital, but now its importance has risen to a new level.

Last November, 53 individuals received a Thanksgiving meal thanks to JFS and Holiday food baskets were delivered to 229 individuals throughout the year.  Additionally, Project Dreidel gifted $4,637 in Hanukkah presents to children from families in need.  Eleven new children were part of JFS’s Back to School program, bringing the total up to 29 youth who started the school year off right, thanks to your support. 

 $13,290 was needed to sustain JFS’s Food Pantry. Between July 2019 and March 2020, there were 333 visits to the food pantry.  Since the close of the physical location in March, JFS staff have adapted and  answered 171 calls for groceries assistance with electronic grocery cards.

JFS Programs

In total, 949 therapy sessions conducted by JFS therapists have reached 132 clients. Between March and June, JFS staff conducted over 180 of those virtually. Finally, this year JFS staff conducted 10 Home Studies for prospective parents, a record-high for the agency.

As of 11/3/2020, the JFS  office has returned to virtual again until early 2021 or when the high rates of COVID-19 decrease enough to see clients safely in the office.

Our impact begins with YOU! The power of the collective is that together we made these amazing things happen.  Please help us do it again.  Individually, we each give as we are able, but together, our contributions create immeasurable success. Did you know that 52% of the JFS operating budget comes from the JFO Annual Campaign? This is why your campaign contributions are essential to all JFS programs and services.

Gifts of all sizes provide the vital operating funds that allow our communal goals to be reached. Your annual contributions allow the JFO to expand their impact and engage more community members to enhance today’s vibrant community and ensure that Jewish Omaha has the security to grow into the future

Thank you to the donors who have already supported this year’s 2021 Imagine Tomorrow Campaign.  Your donations allow us to dream for the bright future to come!  We hope others in the community will be inspired to give. Here is how to donate:

            DONATE ONLINE at

            TEXT TOMORROW to 91999

            CALL in your pledge to 402-334-6430

For more information, please call Michelle Johnson at 402-334-6430