How has the Federation continued to be relevant to the Dallas Jewish community?
In 1976, we took the name that is ours today, The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas. This title reflects our continuing growth as we are no longer simply a charity organization. We’re an enabler of better living, an incubator of new ideas and initiatives, an engager of leadership development and Jewish education, and an advocate for interfaith/interethnic relationships.
Our 1988 demographic survey showed 45,000 Jews in the area we serve. Since then, the number has grown to 70,000. We’ve continued to research our community’s needs, and develop and deliver the programs that answer them.
We are fulfilling the dream of our long-ago Federation visionaries who first declared, “We offer social, philanthropic, and educational activities to improve the health, happiness, and economic efficiency of all area Jews. We centralize fundraising for philanthropic purposes. We determine the Jewish institutions entitled to community support, and make contributions to them.”
Our current name recognized the Jewish population growth and accompanying needs in Far North Dallas, Collin, Denton and Dallas counties, and with that recognition, we began to raise funds in those areas. Our Annual Campaign hit $10 million for the first time in 2006, and even in the down economic year preceding our 100th anniversary, we raised more than $10 million to fund our many programs. In 2014, we raised $10,525,00, the largest increase in three years. View our current numbers.