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Enriching Jewish Life & Learning

The mission of Jewish Federation’s Center for Jewish Life and Learning is to support and facilitate a culturally vibrant Jewish community in Greater Philadelphia by working closely with community partners on creating and sustaining effective, dynamic, transformative and collaborative programs. The programs we support focus on leadership training, engaging families with children and supporting Jewish education.

Why the Center’s work is critical

  • The 2009 Jewish Population Study of Greater Philadelphia reported a 16% decline in the number of Jewish children in the region – so it is more essential than ever to make sure that every Jewish child has an opportunity to participate in formal and informal Jewish educational experiences.
  • The intermarriage rate of respondents in Greater Philadelphia 40 years and younger is now 45%, a figure that requires the Jewish community to rethink how it reaches out to the unaffiliated and to encourage the building of Jewish families.


  • Fostering Jewish education through support for Jewish day and supplementary schools
  • Supporting educational and networking opportunities for Jewish college students and adults
  • Strengthening Greater Philadelphia’s Jewish community-building initiatives
  • Enhancing Jewish identity through camps and youth programs

Programs & Services

Educational Scholarships

Jewish Federation operates a number of need-based scholarships for Jewish children. Find out more about the Day School Per-Capita Pool and the Keren Chinuch Scholarship Fund.

Grants & Grantees

Every year Jewish Federation grants millions of dollars to support the Jewish community through organizations and agencies in Greater Philadelphia, in Israel and around the world.
Resources for Camp

Jewish Camping

Explore the resources available to help you send your child to a Jewish day or overnight camp. Our need-based day- and overnight-camp scholarships and our One Happy Camper grants will help provide your children and teens with the fun and excitement of summer camp while instilling in them a deeper appreciation for all things Jewish.