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Federation Annual Campaign

Campaign for Jewish Needs 2018

  • "When you are sitting with 200 Jewish women you look around and you realize we all just want the same thing – to raise our children, give them Jewish values, give to our community..."
    Karen Bass
  • "I have never in my life felt so connected to my values, to my ancestors, to myself, to a place and mostly to God. I am so appreciative of the Federation for giving me and all these other women the opportunity to go to Israel."
    Lisa Barnes

Campaign for Jewish Needs

The Campaign for Jewish Needs is the annual fundraising Campaign that ensures our community’s vitality and vibrancy in the year ahead. Whether we are feeding the hungry, comforting the sick, caring for the elderly, educating our youth, ensuring a Jewish future, or supporting Israel, our Jewish community stands together. And, together, we can make the world a better place.

We Ensure a Jewish Future

We build a strong Jewish future by providing our families and children of all ages with a solid Jewish foundation. Starting at birth, children receive a monthly age appropriate book which begins their Jewish journey. We support meaningful Jewish family and child experiences in addition to vibrant Jewish education through synagogues and religious schools. Teens develop important leadership skills through their involvement in Jewish youth groups. Together, we inspire.

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We Safeguard Communities

We respond when Israel is unfairly attacked, and we work to ensure Israel is a welcoming home for all of world Jewry. We organize our community to respond to domestic emergencies, we monitor and confront anti-Semitism in whatever form it takes, and we work with our local, state, and national leadership to ensure that Jewish values, like Tikkun Olam are represented. Together, we are prepared.

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We Connect Jewish Communities Around the Globe

We help community members build strong Jewish identities by deepening their connection to Jewish communities in Israel and around the world. We provide necessary care for less fortunate Jews in Eastern Europe and strengthen our bond with Israel through our support of Birthright and Partnership. Together, we stand united.

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We Aspire to Leave No One Behind

We support education, advocacy and community-building activities to unite community members to care for each other and secure our Jewish life, today and for generations to come. Around the corner, and across the globe, for over 125 years our Federation has been a community cornerstone, strengthening our local and global Jewish world. We are engaging our youth, feeding the hungry, comforting the sick and caring for the elderly. At every stage of life, we are here to help. Together, we change lives.

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Campaign Leadership


  • Jerry & Madeline Abramson Campaign Co-Chairs
  • Ariel & Faina Kronenberg Campaign Co-Chairs
  • Robin Miller Lion Chair
  • Susan Rudy Pomegranate Chair
  • Shannon Benovitz YAD Chair


  • Lee Benovitz
  • Scott Koloms
  • Brandon Coan
  • Kate Latts
  • Jon Fleischaker
  • David Leibson
  • Jane Goldstein
  • Stephen Linker
  • Ralph Green
  • Mark Perelmuter
  • Craig Greenberg
  • Jon Salomon
  • Mark Hammond
  • Maury Tasman
  • Sandra Hammond
  • Leon Wahba
  • Dennis Hummel
  • Jeffrey Weiss

Federation Staff

  • Sara Klein Wagner President & CEO
  • Stacy Gordon Funk VP of Philanthropy
  • Julie Hollander Director of Women’s Philanthropy and Outreach
  • Matt Goldberg Development Director
  • Kristy Benefield Development Associate
  • Mary Leezer Administrative Coordinator