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By MYRON LOVE & BERNIE BELLAN
Although the Combined Jewish Appeal has not been as successful as it was in 2013 and 2014 - when it raised over $5.8 million both years, it did exceed its target of $5.7 million for the 2017-18 campaign by $70,000. And that means more money - $50,000 more – was available to apportion among CJA beneficiary agencies for the coming year.


As usual, the big three of the Rose and Max Rady Jewish Community Centre, the Jewish Child and Family Service and Gray Academy of Jewish Education receive the lion’s share of the allocations. Gray Academy – Winnipeg’s JK-Grade12 Jewish private school, is receiving a $13,000 increase from the $951,000 – to $964,000 - the Federation allocated for the school last year.
The Jewish Child and Family Service is also getting $13,000 more this year – to bump its allocation up to $799,000 for 2017-2018 while the Rady Centre has been allocated $510,000 – a $5,000 increase from last year.
As to the Federation’s other beneficiary agencies, the largest increase was granted to the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada. The Heritage Centre saw its stipend go up from $70,000 to $77,000. “The Jewish Heritage Centre is mid-way through a project to improve their archives and preserve material that is at risk of being lost,” the Allocations committee stated in its report. “They are looking for grants and other funding sources to increase the availability of their archivist.”
Camp Massad – the Hebrew language camp just north of Winnipeg - got a boost of $5,000 – to $60,000, bringing its funding on par with B’nai Brith Jewish Community Camp – which is located in the Lake of the Woods area in northwestern Ontario. Both camps have been involved in major expansions to their infrastructure.
The Federation’s other beneficiary agencies - Aleph Bet Child Life Enrichment program, Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre, Irma Penn School of Jewish Learning, Jewish Learning Institute, Shalom Residences and Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre either received a small increase or were unchanged from last year.

Federation passed on $575,000 to Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA and just over $1 million in designated funds to local organization, the Federation and overseas needs.
The Federation also set aside $57,000 for its growing reserve fund.
The remainder goes toward staff salaries and benefits.
The report noted that “the vast majority of dollars in beneficiary budgets are used to employ and sustain dedicated staff who deliver programs and services with Jewish content, who walk the talk of Jewish values, and who provide a comfortable Jewish context for members of the community to receive service. Salaries and Benefits constitute 69% (ranging from 29% – 92%) of the total agency budgets of more than $32 million.

For more on how the Jewish Federation allocates funds turn to http://jewishpostandnews.ca/local/2637-some-thoughts-about-how-the-jewish-federation-allocates-funds-to-local-agencies