JFGI Connections

These are the voices that connect us as a Jewish community.

Teen’s Mitzvah Project to Fund Life-Saving Surgeries for Young Ethiopians

When Sophie Maurer was 10 years old, she took a trip to Ethiopia with a group of American, Ethiopian and Israeli Jews. Little did she know that this trip would spark a family philanthropic effort that has raised almost $45,000 for Muslim and Christian Ethiopian children who are in desperate …

Community Member Finds Leadership Opportunities through Partnership2Gether

Elan Daniel serves as the United States Co-chair of the Partnership2Gether Young Adult Forum. Since moving to Indianapolis several years ago, he has become increasingly involved in JFGI’s partnership with the Western Galilee. 
Daniel said he has always had a strong connection to Israel, a…

Indy Cleans Park, Reversing a Tashlich Tradition

More than 25 people of all ages collected over 102 pounds of trash during the Reverse Tashlich Holliday Park cleanup on Sunday, Sept. 12. NEXTGen and Indy Chai partnered with more than 103 communities across the globe in Repair the Sea’s Fourth Annual Reverse Tashlich International Jewish …

Teen Starts Carmel Jewish Alliance Group

Marissa Halle, 15, single-handedly started the Carmel Jewish Alliance Group (CJA) at Carmel High School. The club’s focus is meeting new Jewish peers around Carmel High School and Indianapolis. 
Halle has also taken up the position of being the president. Her background with the Jewish co…

YoPhI Teen Board Enters Year 4 with New Cohort

Joining the ranks of the 60+ participants who have participated as Youth Philanthropy Indy (YoPhI) Teen Board members, the 2021-22 YoPhI Teen Board kicked off their year of philanthropy and changemaking this Fall. The Teen Board represents a broad cross-section of the community with particip…