Our History

The Jewish Federation of Oklahoma City (formerly called the Jewish Community Council) was organized in 1941 to serve the social welfare needs of the Jewish community.

Today, the Jewish Federation provides hope in the form of food, heat and rent to those Jewish families in need in central Oklahoma, helps us to never forget through the Yom HaShoah commemoration and send our teens to Israel. We bring joy to more than 200 Jewish and non-Jewish children through Camp Chaverim, deliver Mitzvah ball soup to anyone that needs some Jewish penicillin and bring the Israel Scout Friendship Caravan to OKC. We educate through Torah Study and Jewish University with powerful and interesting speakers. We send humanitarian aid to Israel and foster a love for Israel in the greater commUNITY. We nurture the young with PJ Library and engage the next generation of Jewish leaders through YJP.

The Jewish Federation is the central address for community-wide needs—an umbrella organization which sponsors a wide variety of educational, cultural, and community outreach programs and services as well as serving as an important safety net for individuals and families in need. We continuously initiate innovative programs in response to pressing issues in Israel and Jewish communities worldwide.

Federation programming includes:

  • Social Services for Jewish families in need in central Oklahoma
  • Ongoing Torah study classes
  • Jewish cultural programs
  • Rosh Chodesh women’s group
  • Holiday celebrations
  • A Jewish summer day camp
  • Adult Education
  • Outreach to schools and churches
  • Holocaust education and resource library
  • Yom HaShoah annual observance
  • Israel missions
  • A quarterly newsletter “k’hilateyne”
  • Educational scholarships and financial assistance for those in need
  • Financial support or Jewish educational experiences at overnight camps and
  • Teen summer pilgrimages to Israel