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Julie Hollander

Hollander leaves Federation
Julie Hollander, director of women’s philanthropy & outreach at the Jewish Federation of Louisville, stepped down on Sept. 11, returning to Baltimore, her home state, to become senior director of volunteer services at Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland.
“We will certainly miss her and are grateful for the impact she made while with us these last two years,” Stacy Gordon-Funk, senior vice president of philanthropy at the Jewish Federation of Louisville, said in announcement to the staff. “In the time she spent with us, she (Hollander) expanded Women’s Philanthropy, initiated the Herzlian Event concept, which allowed our major donor to meet and discuss topics of mutual interest in an intimate setting as well as lending a hand wherever one was needed.
Reflecting on her time at The Federation, Hollander said she enjoyed “connecting Jewish women through meaningful events” and strengthening Jewish Louisville.
“The Louisville Jewish community will always be my home and I look forward to staying in touch and visiting The new J,” she added.

Sarah Baron

Baron named Hillel Director
Sarah Baron, leadership & engagement manager at the Jewish Federation of Louisville, is assuming a new role: director of Hillel. She succeeds Elana Levitz.
She started in June.
Baron takes over Hillel as the newly renovated Interfaith Center (IFC) on the University of Louisville campus, where the Jewish student group has its office, is about to be showcased. A reception, which had been planned for Thursday, Oct. 3, at the IFC, to honor a local family, the Lavins, which paid for the work, was postponed and will be rescheduled. Ceramic artist Lisa Klein has been commissioned to create a mosaic as a gift for the Lavins, which will be unveiled when the function is held.
Baron brings experience working with young adults to her new position. As leadership & engagement manager at the Federation, she collaborates with young adults in Louisville to create events and leadership programs that engage young adults ages 22-45.
Prior to moving to Louisville with her husband, Dustin, Baron was the director of education at the North Carolina Symphony, leading the statewide educational initiatives of the ensemble.

Vaad: Alwatan no longer kosher
The Alwatan grocery at Hikes Point, which had been approved to bake kosher pita, is no longer certified kosher, according to the Louisville Vaad Hakashruth. The certification was dropped as of July.

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