Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

The issues surrounding Jewish continuity are the most significant in North American Jewish communities.  Among other concerns, the next generations are not as connected to a centralized Jewish organization as they have been in the past.  Sidney Kimmel saw this predicament and took the lead with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, making gifts totaling $25 million to support programs and initiatives that bolster awareness and strengthen connections.  Coupled with nearly simultaneous gifts to Perelman Jewish Day School and the National Museum of American Jewish History, the Kimmel Foundation gifts are unmatched in both magnitude and importance.

Federation, part of a national network that protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide, employs the Kimmel Foundation’s donation and an endowment built in Mr. Kimmel’s name for a variety of critical needs.

Kimmel’s contributions have supported programs that help care for the needy and elderly locally and in 70 countries around the globe.  His commitment and financial support provide security and emergency services for vulnerable populations in Israel and create a culturally vibrant Jewish community in the Greater Philadelphia area.

“Through his generous endowment, Sidney Kimmel is ensuring that many generations of Jews to come will be supported when they are in need and that we are growing leaders of the future who will be informed and compassionate enough to continue to work to meet those needs,” said Naomi Adler, Federation’s CEO.

Adler called Kimmel’s gifts extraordinary and exemplary for another reason:  They answer Federation’s need for multi-year funding, so the organization and the many agencies it supports can spend money more strategically and towards more ambitious goals.