What Does JFAR Do?
JFAR strengthens our Jewish community, cares for Jews in need, ensures a Jewish future in Arkansas, and supports global Jewry.
Strengthening our Jewish Community
JFAR offers and supports high-quality Jewish cultural and educational programming for the entire community.
JFAR organizes Jewish community participation in mitzvah projects for local charitable organizations.
JFAR provides financial support to charitable organizations in and around Arkansas that make a difference in the lives of Jewish community members.
Care for Jews in Need
JFAR’s Family Services Committee provides financial assistance in response to requests from Jewish individuals and families in need. This assistance is supported by the newly established Glenn Lowitz Memorial CASE/Family Services Fund.
JFAR maintains a database of social services in Arkansas.
JFAR provides caregiving and aging programs and services, including a social worker position, which is supported by a fund, established by Steve, Susan, and Trip Strauss, in memory of their parents Shirley and Sam Strauss.
JFAR sends special emergency funds to help victims of local, national, and international disasters and crises.
Ensure a Jewish Future in Arkansas
JFAR provides financial assistance for young adults to attend Jewish conferences to further their leadership development and involvement in the Jewish community.
JFAR, in partnership with the Sisterhoods of Congregations Agudath Achim and B’nai Israel, subscribes to the PJ Library Program, which provides free Jewish books and/or music monthly to 100+ Jewish children ages 6 months-8 years living in Arkansas.
Support Global Jewry
JFAR brings the Israel scouts as well as visiting Shlichim (Israeli emissaries) to Arkansas to conduct programs and outreach.
JFAR’s Thalheimer Israel Scholarship fund helps young adults in Arkansas travel to Israel for study.
JFAR partnered with the Jewish National Fund to support the building of a Magen David Adom Emergency Station as part of JNF’s new Rescue Center in the Central Arava in Israel. JFAR’s is currently partnering with JNF to build a bomb shelter at the Red Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center in Israel.