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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

In accordance with social distancing while still being there for you, the learn (and lunch) bunch will be meeting via ZOOM!!  Feel free to eat your own lunch, while we learn. This program presented and made possible by jfed will be free of charge. Donations at this time are greatly appreciated! It is our continued wish that the community stays safe and healthy! Feel free to call the office if you need help installing Zoom on your phone or your computer.


  • Wednesday, July 8, 11:30 am - The Joys of Yiddish: Come experience Yiddish words, phrases and humor with Arieh Neuwirth - CLICK HERE to register

  • Thursday, July 16, 7:00 pm - Movie Night In - Waves of Freedom - Previously untold, Waves of Freedom is an adventure documentary that recounts the amazing story of American volunteer sailors who were recruited to break the British blockade of Palestine after World War II. Their extraordinary assignment: Bring 2,000 displaced persons from Europe to the land of their dreams; to a land of freedom. One of those brave volunteers will be joining the event and available for Q&A.  CLICK HERE to register

  • Wednesday, July 22, 11:30 am - At the Texas/Mexican border with Muriel Horowitz - Learn about Muriel's experiences at the border. - CLICK HERE to register.

  • Wednesday, August 12, 11:30 am - History of Jewish Artists with Frana Baruch - Frana will be teaching us about contributions from Jewish artists - CLICK HERE to register.

  • Wednesday, August 26, 11:30 am - Two short films: Wendy's Shabbat & the little table.  Come watch how seniors celebrate Shabbat in Florida at Wendy's and how a synagogue committee has trouble coming to an executive decision - CLICK HERE 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.

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