National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education

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The National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education (NCFJE) is a non-profit organization run by the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.[1][2] It is a division of the Chabad movement's educational arm, Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch.[3]


The organization was founded in 1940 by Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn.[4] The organization was run by Rabbi Jacob J. ("J.J.") Hecht from 1940 until his death in 1990.

The organization's current chairman is Rabbi Shea Hecht. Rabbi Sholem Ber Hecht is the organization's director.[1]


The organization runs over 35 different social and religious programs such as camp Emunah and several Jewish summer camps for children,[5] "Released Time Program", which provides Jewish educational classes for children in public schools (see released time).[6][7] Toys for hospitalized children, A food Pantry in Brooklyn, NY, Anti Shmad, JSF a summer fellowship program (former ILTSE),[8] Hadar Hatorah,