Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden’s Justice in Action Awards honor organizations that exemplify the Catholic values of reaching out to the marginalized of society and building a more just community for all. In the Jewish tradition, these same values, expressed in a different way, are enshrined in the mission statement of Jewish Federations across the country in the concepts of tzedakah (charity), chesed (loving-kindness) and tikkun olam (repairing the world).
The Jewish Federations comprise a network of agencies that deliver a wide range of services to the vulnerable. Their programs include services for refugees, the homeless, the elderly and disabled, children and families and victims of Hurricane Sandy. Catholic Charities, which shares a service area with three Jewish Federations, partners often with Federation agencies to deliver social services to those in need in the region.
For their work on behalf of justice in the South Jersey region, Catholic Charities is pleased to award tthe 2016 organizational Justice in ACTION Award to the three Jewish Federations that serve Southern New Jersey: Jewish Federation of Cumberland, Gloucester & Salem Counties; Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties; and Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey (serving Camden, Gloucester and Burlington Counties).