JEEP! was founded in 2004 by Rabbi Yaakov Karp, based on the belief that every Jewish person is precious and deserves access to Jewish education and life.
We find that such access can help people meet their life challenges and become happier, more successful members of our community.
JEEP is the only local Jewish organization whose sole purpose is to help such disenfranchised members of our Jewish community gain access to Jewish education and life.
We help about 1000 Jewish people each year but hundreds if not thousands more remain partially or completely outside the loop of Jewish education and Jewish community life due to their special needs. Volunteers are a critical part of our team.
About our founder and executive director:
Rabbi Yaakov Karp received his Bachelors of Religion degree from Rabbinical College of America, Morristown, NJ in 1980 and his rabbinic ordination from United Lubavitch Yeshivos, Brooklyn, NY in 1982. He pursued a teaching career in Jewish day schools in South Bend, Boston, and Cincinnati before devoting himself full-time to Jewish children, adults and seniors with special needs.