Welcome to the Jewish Federation of Dutchess County

The power of the Jewish community to improve lives

The Jewish Federation of Dutchess County addresses the most critical needs of the Jewish community. We ensure a vibrant, caring, connected, and enduring local Jewish community.

Globally we work with international partners to foster dynamic connections with Jews around the world, strengthening Jewish peoplehood, and taking care of those at risk.

MISSION: To perpetuate, protect, and enhance Jewish communal life and well-being locally, in Israel, and worldwide while supporting our greater local community.

VISION: Culturally connect and support the diverse Jewish community of Dutchess County.

VALUES: Tzedakah (charity), Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), and Gemilut Chassadim (acts of loving kindness)

Our six areas of focus:

  • Community Building
  • Security/antisemitism
  • Interfaith Programming
  • Support services
  • Israel Programming
  • Community Partnerships

How are your donations to Israel being used?

Representatives from the Jewish Federations of Dutchess, Orange, & Ulster Counties present Rep. Pat Ryan with thank you letter for supporting Israel, fighting antisemitism

KINGSTON, NY, January 17, 2024 - Just over 100 days since Hamas’s brutal attack on Israel, representatives from the Jewish Federations of Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster Counties presented Rep. Pat Ryan and his staff with a thank you letter, with nearly 400 local signatures, for his ardent support of Israel’s right to exist, his ongoing fight against antisemitism, and his continued efforts to free hostages still held by Hamas, including American citizens and Hudson Valley residents. The Jewish Federations peacefully presented their thank you letter at Rep. Ryan’s Kingston office, which was besieged by anti-Israel protestors nearly two weeks ago.

“We’ve seen the increasingly threatening anti-Israel protests across this country, and we came today with an important message: Just because an opinion is voiced loudly does not mean it's accurate or representative of us all. We represent hundreds of Hudson Valley constituents who proudly stand with Congressman Ryan and thank him for his continued support of Israel, as well as his work to combat antisemitism in the Hudson Valley.” – Karen Hochhauser, Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Dutchess County.

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As everything is very fluid and constantly changing, please check the organizer's website regarding any upcoming programs for the latest status.
  • PJ Library of the Mid-Hudson Valley

    The PJ Library books and the reading experience are the heart of the PJ Library program. But we host dozens of creative, fun activities and meet-ups for families right in your own backyard.

  • The Howard Lynne Scholarship Fund

    ...because a Jewish future depends on it. The Howard Lynne Scholarship Fund was created to strengthen the Dutchess County Jewish future by providing aid to families for Jewish education.

Our Regional Reach

Snapshot of the wide area served by the Jewish Federation

  • Organizations