The local Federation provides programming to the community. We host events for the community including international dinners featuring local cooks, Chanukah on Ice, the Chanukah Menorah Lighting and Party at Lansing City Hall, Mitzvah Days, speakers, and concerts.
We have established a Google Community Calendar where people can view events for the Great Lansing Jewish Federation, Congregation Kehillat Israel, Congregation Shaarey Zedek, and the Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel. We provide scholarships to local Jewish students to attend Jewish summer camps.
Dimona is the Lansing Federation’s partner city, and we currently contribute to the Federations’ Network of Independent Communities’ Lunch and Learn program.
One in three children in Israel lives below the poverty line, and many of those at-risk children live in periphery cities like Dimona that have large immigrant populations, many single-parent families, and high rates of unemployment. Nearly 500 at-risk elementary students in 13 schools across this Negev city receive extra academic help and a hot meal each school day, along with subsidized schoolbooks and the opportunity to participate in class trips. Lunch and Learn participants show significant improvement in educational achievement, behavior and self-confidence, and continue to excel as they transition to middle school.
Project Rozana builds peace between Israelis and Palestinians through care for children from the West Bank and Gaza in Israeli hospitals.
Donations to Project Rozana provide transportation of critically and chronically-ill children from the West Bank and Gaza to Israeli hospitals, training Palestinian doctors, nurses and therapists in Israel, to improve and expand healthcare in Palestinian communities, and treatment of critically and chronically-ill Palestinian children in Israeli hospitals.
The Lansing Federation helps Jews in need or in danger around the world, by contributing to the Jewish Federation of North America. Our local chapter took the initiative in raising money to rescue Jewish families in war-torn Eastern Ukraine, allowing them to emigrate to Israel.