The Stories that Moved Us in 2022

From the Ukraine crisis to rising antisemitism and hate crimes, the year 2022 brought with it a great deal of pain and polarization – but also hope, as Jewish Federations answered the calls to action.  We responded to multiple crises, convened major Jewish organizations, and mobilized our communities. Collectively, we raised and advocated for billions of dollars to build flourishing Jewish communities that are safe, inclusive, welcoming, compassionate and caring.   


Here are just a few of the stories that moved us this year.  Behind each is a person, a face, a life that will thrive thanks to your support and undying commitment to ensuring flourishing Jewish life. Thank you for being part of these moments and for reminding us that there is always a reason to have hope for the future. 


  1. The 1st planeload of Ukrainian refugees, carrying 100 homeless children, arrive in Israel
  2. Overcoming his own obstacles, this young adult with cerebral palsy is leading disability advocacy on Capitol Hill, paving the way towards a more inclusive society for millions of Americans with disabilities
  3. After more than two decades of waiting, hundreds of Ethiopian olim landed in Israel and embraced their loves ones for the first time in years 
  4. A descendent of enslaved people, this Black Jewish leader is powering initiatives that will help Jews of all colors and backgrounds feel safe and welcomed in the Jewish community 
  5. Jewish communities around the globe came together to celebrate Holocaust survivors and express their gratitude for the lessons they share every day 
  6. Ukrainian youth, traumatized by war, enjoyed moments of calm and fun at a summer camp led by Jewish Federation volunteers 
  7. Jewish families across the US opened their hearts to Afghans and Ukrainians fleeing conflict and helped them rebuild their lives 
  8. Over 1,200 Jewish communal leaders gathered at the 1st in-person General Assembly in 3 years, sharing their visions for the year ahead
  9. Rabbi Cytron-Walker courageously lead a 10-hour standoff against a terrorist, citing security training for saving his life #LiveSecure 
  10. Tens of thousands of Jewish people across North America responded in a tremendous way to Jewish Federations' 2019 emergency campaign for Ukraine aid, contributing a collective $84.2 million for live-saving rescue and relief efforts -- and living out their Jewish values


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