This New Year, Resolve to Involve Yourself in Federation






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Publication: Jewish Exponent
Date published: January 5, 2012

From its start in 1901 - and today - Federation has existed as a dynamic organization. While it is anchored in Judaism's cherished traditions of tzedakah (justice) and tikkun olam (social action), Federation remains receptive to new ideas and fresh perspectives provided by community members like you.

Federation is the central address that connects Jews who need help with Jews who can provide that help, a caring collaborative of donors and recipients, volunteers and professionals.

This New Year, Federation leadership and staff invite you to make a Federation connection. Federation involvement is relevant and enriching for individuals of every age and in every stage of their Jewish journey. The following Federation affinity groups offer many opportunities to develop valuable personal and professional relationships while learning more about Federation and the critical Jewish needs we address.

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Jewish Federation Real Estate (JFRE) connects, engages and mobilizes volunteer and financial resources of the Philadelphia real estate industry to address the Jewish community's most critical needs and priorities today and into the future.

Connects: JFREThinks - the networking and educational opportunities we offer.

Engages: JFREDoes - the hands-on volunteer opportunities we present.

Mobilizes: JFREGives - the dollars we raise for and invest in community priorities and special projects.

Real estate professionals in their 20s, 30s and 40s are invited to join JFRE's Young Real Estate Division. For more information about this affinity and a list of upcoming events, visit www.jfre.net.

JFRE Chair: Bradley A. Krouse

Adviser: Alex Stroker, 215-832-0588, astroker@jfgp.org

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Women's Philanthropy is a community of women representing diverse lifestyles and income levels who share a personal commitment to supporting the Jewish community locally, in Israel and around the world. As women philanthropists, members recognize the importance of raising funds in the pursuit of accomplishing Federation's missions and goals.

Women's Philanthropy defines itself as Jewish Women Making aJOifference. This affinity group is a welcoming point of entry for women who seek greater Federation involvement.

As a member, you can enjoy a full calendar of educational, social and fundraising events for donors at various giving levels, including hands-on volunteer opportunities at Super Sunday Mitzvah Mania and other community events, participation on women's missions to Israel and other nations across the globe to educate, inspire and empower women as philanthropists and leaders.

Women's Philanthropy president: Sara Minkoff

Adviser: Marni Davis, 215-832-0859, mdavis@jfgp.org

The Renaissance Group, the young adult division of Federation, is an eclectic, passionate group of Jewish men and women, ages 25 to 45. Some are singles, some are married, some are professionals and some are actively engaged in raising families.

Renaissance is for anyone who seeks a Jewish connection, an opportunity to make a real difference in the community through volunteerism and fundraising. Make the connection and enjoy engaging programs, participate in mitzvah opportunities and build lifelong friendships while helping to improve lives and strengthen our community.

Renaissance chair: Jason Cole

Adviser: Rachel Sigman, 215-832-0513, rsigman@ jfgporg

Business and Professionals connects business persons and professionals with other industry colleagues, giving them access to leading experts and affording them valuable networking opportunities.

Through participation in educational programs and hands-on volunteer opportunities, you will learn how you can help Federation address critical community priorities.

Help us to develop a cohesive community of business and professional leaders who are passionate about making a difference in the local and global Jewish community through philanthropy and voluntarism.

Business and Professionals co-chairs: Lisa Goldenberg and Jonathan Schwartz

Adviser: Julie Levine, 215-832-0888, jlevine@jf gp.org

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Health Care - Federation's Health Care affinity is your prescription for a healthy community. Membership is open to all health care professionals who want to connect and network with other industry colleagues and gain access to some of the leading experts in this ever-evolving field.

All members will have the opportunity to learn about Jewish communal issues and needs and how Federation helps to address them, and they may participate in satisfying hands-on volunteer experiences.

Join us as we strive to develop a community of health care professionals who want to make a difference in the local and global Jewish community through philanthropy and hands-on volunteerism.

Health Care co-chairs: Bernard Dishler and Jeremy Goldberg

Adviser: Robert Seltzer, 215-832-0535, rseltzer@jfgp.org.

Visit jewishphilly.org for more information on ways to engage in Federation.

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