• SHLOCK ROCK is coming to First Light on December 14

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  • MVJF Supports the Yemin Orde Youth Village in Israel

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  • Support PJ Library on Giving Tuesday ~ NO MORE WAITING LIST!

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Shalom from the Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation

We are a welcoming, caring community with active synagogues, summer camp, service organizations and Federation programs. Come join us!

Building A Future

Federation invests in programs that foster Jewish joy, learning and connections for children, teens, college students and young families. These efforts include The PJ Library Program, Jewish Family Initiative, Israel travel subsidies, Taglit-Birthright Israel, UMass Hillel Shabbat celebrations, Camper scholarships and grants to local synagogues and organizations.

Caring and Helping

Programs funded by Jewish Federation make a difference for people in need locally, in Israel and around the world. Federation gives life-saving relief to desperate Jews living in places where no social services exist. We provide disaster response and assistance to some of the world's most vulnerable people and resources to restore and rebuild Jewish life in countries where it has been diminished or extinguished.

We are One People

Federation connects the Merrimack Valley Jewish community with the people of Israel. Our service delivery partners provide on-going assistance to the elderly and disabled, holocaust victims, new immigrants, hungry children, and families living with terrorism. In addition, the MVJF has developed a personal connection with the Yemin Orde Youth Village near Haifa.

It's all about Community

The Federation is the only community-wide Jewish organization that serves the spectrum of Jewish life and observance throughout the Merrimack Valley. The MVJF produces community activities, serves as a voice of the Jewish community, convenes community members to share knowledge, ideas and experiences, and organizes community responses to crises locally and abroad.


Parenting Through a Jewish Lens at Temple Emanuel this Winter! Starting January 11, 2015, meets Sundays, 9 – 10:30 a.m. Free babysitting is included! Open to parents throughout the Merrimack Valley! This ten-week program brings together caring parents and expert facilitators. Conversations around Jewish texts lead to explorations of your vital role as a parent. Parents from all backgrounds welcome. For more information visit www.hebrewcollege.edu/parenting or email Parenting at parenting@hebrewcollege.edu

Sunday, December 7, 2014 Young Family and PJ Library Chanukah Party with special Guest, Mr. Magic!

Tuesday, December 9 for MVJF Annual Campaign Donors only - Special Appreciation Event featuring a performance of Tuesdays with Morrie.

Sunday, December 14, 2014 FIRST LIGHT COMMUNITY CHANUKAH CELEBRATION AND CONCERT Back by Popular Demand ~ SHLOCK ROCK A fun and fantastic time for the whole family!!

Sunday, December 21, 2014 First film in a new series - "The Case for Israel: Democracy's Outpost" - 1:00 PM at Temple Emanu-El in Haverhill.

Sunday, February 8, 2015 MVJF Women's Philanthropy presents a fun and fabulous event featuring a screening of the award winning documentary film,

Together, We are helping the Jews in Ukraine


Since the start of the armed fighting in eastern Ukraine in April, 3,100 Jews — elderly, disabled, disadvantaged children — have remained in what’s left of their homes because they fear for their safety; they fear loss of property or they are too physically fragile. They languish in their homes and suffer. Their only hope is help from Federation funded JDC services that provide home healthcare workers, food, medicine, fresh water, heat and more. They will not survive without our help.


MVJF Camp Hadar, located on Captain's Pond in Salem, NH,  provides campers with a safe, enjoyable and rewarding day camping experience in a Jewish cultural environment. Campers ages 4-15, who are led by an experienced, professional staff, participate in a wide range of waterfront, sports, arts and crafts, Judaic culture workshops, activities and special events. 

GALA 25th Anniversary Event ~ Smash Success!


The Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation Celebrated 25 Years of Service to our community and our people with a fabulous Gala on June 8, 2014! It was our privilege to honor our founders and a pleasure to present Young Leadership and Tikkun Olam awards. Above find the Bendetson Family celebrating the accomplishments of MVJF founding member, husband, father and grandfather Norris Bendetson z"l.



Together We Did Extraordinary Things!

When the cry for help rang out from Israeli citizens suffering amidst rocket attacks from Gaza, our community responded. We came together with common purpose to provide services through Federation partner organizations in Israel. Your generosity and commitment helped enable the extraordinary work of the Joint Distribution Committee, Jewish Agency for Israel and World ORT to heal those who were hurting, repair what was damaged and provide support for First Responders. Thank you ~ Todah Rabbah.