Building on the legacy of the past

Taking action for the future.

Our mission

The Wilf Family Foundations’ mission is to perpetuate the philanthropic vision of the Wilf family, initiated by the Foundations’ founders, Harry and Joseph Wilf z”l, who were brothers and survivors of the Holocaust. In keeping with the Jewish traditions of tzedakah and tikkun olam, the Wilf Family Foundations provide grants to support Jewish causes, underserved communities, educational opportunities and the advancement of social justice for all.

Since 1964, the Wilf Family Foundations have supported charitable organizations in the United States, Israel, and elsewhere in the world, including Jewish causes, education, health, arts and culture, emergency relief, military veterans, social justice, and many more. Inspired by the example set by Harry and Joseph Wilf, and their wives, Judith z"l and Elizabeth, second and third generations of the Wilf family are now carrying the mission forward with their involvement in the Foundations' giving.

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Medical staff who administered COVID-19 vaccines to elderly residents gather at the Joseph Wilf Home for the Elderly.

Providing a safe and affordable home for Israel’s Holocaust survivors and elderly

Founded in 1972 as a non-profit company, Amigour is a subsidiary of The Jewish Agency and is Israel’s leading sheltered housing company and second largest public housing group. Amigour is committed to easing the plight and meeting the needs of Holocaust survivors, new immigrants and elderly men and women living in Israel by: constructing affordable housing for the elderly, renovating existing housing for its residents and taking innovative measures to enhance their welfare and quality of life through a multi-faceted network of social, cultural and recreational facilities. Amigour completed The Joseph Wilf Home for the Elderly in 2020 and it is home to hundreds of elderly residents, including many Holocaust survivors. The high-rise complex has 290 apartments and is located on Tel Aviv’s Derech Hashalom. It is the first new housing complex built in Tel Aviv in the past 40 years.

“Providing safe and accessible housing for immigrants, Holocaust Survivors and older adults is essential to ensuring elderly Israelis are given the resources and respect they deserve,” said Arieh Abir, Chairman of Amigour. “The Joseph Wilf Home for the Elderly is a safe respite for residents, and provides opportunities for them to build community with one another.”

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Providing FOOD, HELP, and HOPE throughout New Jersey

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) is the largest anti-hunger, anti-poverty organization in the Garden State, working with over 1,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, child and senior feeding programs, and more across 15 counties. When COVID-19 struck and more New Jerseyans than ever before faced hunger, CFBNJ was there with a record amount of food, providing 83 million meals from March 2020 through March 2021. They also reimagined their work with health and safety in mind, holding more than 40 large-scale drive-through food distributions.

“From day one, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey has been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19’s devastating effects on New Jersey residents,” said Carlos Rodriguez, President & CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. “As we expect the food insecurity crisis to far outlast the pandemic itself, we will continue our mission to provide neighbors in need with nutritious food while connecting them with other critical resources and advocating for meaningful policy change."

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Medical staff who administered COVID-19 vaccines to elderly residents gather at the Joseph Wilf Home for the Elderly.
Medical staff who administered COVID-19 vaccines to elderly residents gather at the Joseph Wilf Home for the Elderly.

Providing a safe and affordable home for Israel’s Holocaust survivors and elderly

Founded in 1972 as a non-profit company, Amigour is a subsidiary of The Jewish Agency and is Israel’s leading sheltered housing company and second largest public housing group. Amigour is committed to easing the plight and meeting the needs of Holocaust survivors, new immigrants and elderly men and women living in Israel by: constructing affordable housing for the elderly, renovating existing housing for its residents and taking innovative measures to enhance their welfare and quality of life through a multi-faceted network of social, cultural and recreational facilities. Amigour completed The Joseph Wilf Home for the Elderly in 2020 and it is home to hundreds of elderly residents, including many Holocaust survivors. The high-rise complex has 290 apartments and is located on Tel Aviv’s Derech Hashalom. It is the first new housing complex built in Tel Aviv in the past 40 years.

“Providing safe and accessible housing for immigrants, Holocaust Survivors and older adults is essential to ensuring elderly Israelis are given the resources and respect they deserve,” said Arieh Abir, Chairman of Amigour. “The Joseph Wilf Home for the Elderly is a safe respite for residents, and provides opportunities for them to build community with one another.”

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Brand New School/Brennan Center for Justice
Brand New School/Brennan Center for Justice

Creating a fair, just, inclusive democracy for all

Inspired by the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr.'s devotion to core democratic freedoms, the Brennan Center for Justice is a nonpartisan law and policy institute dedicated to reforming and revitalizing our systems of democracy and justice. The Center is at the forefront of the national fight to make voting free, fair, and secure — helping protect the 2020 elections and dismiss the myths of voter fraud in their aftermath; pushing for automatic voter registration and other pro-voter policies; and combatting voter suppression laws in statehouses and courts across the country.

“Protecting the sacred right to vote and the integrity of our elections is crucial to our democracy,” said Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice. “As access to the ballot box continues to be at risk for many, the Brennan Center for Justice will continue to fight to ensure every eligible American can vote with ease.”

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In the tradition of tzedakah,
we express gratitude to those who have turned to us for help, and for allowing us to give it.
Harry and Joseph Wilf, founders of the Wilf Family Foundations