Viewing Federation’s Impact Through the Lens of Mini Missions

By Mindunn Rose

I was introduced to Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ in an unconventional way. In the summer of 2016, a friend invited me on the Young Women’s Mission to Israel, sponsored by Women’s Philanthropy. This weeklong trip was comprised of several shorter visits, or mini missions, designed to highlight the work that our Federation does in Israel through its various partnerships. I was hooked. 

After I returned to New Jersey, I maintained my connection with Women’s Philanthropy and participated in its Arthur Borinsky Young Leadership Development Program. Through a series of local mini missions and speakers, the Borinsky program exposed me to the world of Jewish Federation right here at home.

One of the most impactful of these local mini missions was a visit to Daughters of Israel, a skilled nursing facility in West Orange. While I had heard of Daughters of Israel before, I had never actually seen the amazing work the professionals do there until this visit. I was equally affected when I went on a mini mission to JCC MetroWest to join seniors celebrating at a Tu B’Shvat Seder. Many of these seniors would have nowhere to go during the day if the programming at the JCC were not available, and they appreciated our visit so much. Finally, I had the opportunity in November to chair a mini mission to JESPY House, a residential program in South Orange for adults with learning and developmental disabilities. The clients and staff were so warm and welcoming, and we were able to interact in a meaningful manner with everyone; it was really special. 

Mini missions give donors a chance to see first-hand how their contributions to Jewish Federation are put to good use. There is nothing like going on a mini mission and really getting to see, hear and personally experience the incredible work being done in Federation’s partnership agencies. Participating in these mini missions has really opened my eyes to the vast array of people whom Federation serves, not only in our own community but also around the world.

Since my first life-changing mission to Israel, I have continued to participate in various local mini missions and they have all been incredibly informative and inspiring. Each Federation partnership is unique and has a significant place in our community. Mini missions offer a glimpse into all the good that Federation does.

Why not go on a mini mission yourself? Women’s Philanthropy offers about four mini missions to Federation partner agencies in Greater MetroWest each year. Group sizes are kept to about 20 women to optimize the experience. Mini missions are free to attend, require only a few hours out of your day, and are right in your own backyard. For more information on mini missions, please contact Robin Leitner at rleitner@jfedgmw.org.