Welcome to the Jewish Federation of Dutchess County

The power of the Jewish community to improve lives



The Jewish Federation of Dutchess County addresses the most critical needs of the Jewish community. We ensure a vibrant, caring, connected, and enduring local Jewish community. Globally we work with international partners to foster dynamic connections with Jews around the world, strengthening Jewish peoplehood, and taking care of those at risk.


With a long tradition of compassion and tikun olam, the Jewish Federation of Dutchess County maximizes the collective impact of Klal Yisrael. We read the broad Jewish landscape, identify current needs, and make plans to serve future ones. We raise and allocate funds that have impact broadly and deeply. Every donor who contributes to the Federation takes care of the vulnerable, builds and nurtures Jewish identity, advances local Jewish interests, and contributes to a strong and secure Israel and global Jewish world. Join us.



Upcoming Events


  • Community Purim Carnival, Sunday, March 15, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Temple Beth-El, 118 South Grand Ave, Poughkeepsie
  • Community Shabbaton, Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29, An accomplished scholar, Ariel speaks about Elie Wiesel's legacy and its implications today. Weekend is sponsored by Congregation Shir-Chasash, Temple Beth-El, Vassar Temple and Jewish Federation of Dutchess County.  Details to follow.
  • Yom Hashoah Event, Monday, April 20, 2:00pm, FDR Library and Musuem.  Details to follow
  • Yom Hashoah Event, Monday, April 20, 6:30pm, Dutchess Community College, Details to follow.
  • Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Innovation Summit, Wednesday, April 22, Mariott Pavillion at The Culinary Institute of America.  CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

PJ Library Mid-Hudson Valley


The PJ Library books and the reading experience are the heart of the PJ Library program. But we also host dozens of creative, fun activities and meet-ups for parents, children and families right in your own backyard. 


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The Voice

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The Howard Lynne
Scholarship Fund


...because a Jewish future depends on it.

The Howard Lynne Scholarship Fund was created to strengthen the Dutchess Jewish
future by providing aid to families for Jewish education. 

CLICK HERE to donate.

Our Regional Reach

Snapshot of the wide area served by the Jewish Federation

  • Organizations