On Thursday, June 23, 2022, the Jewish Federation held its annual meeting via zoom to herald a new slate of officers and board of trustees as we reflected on the season past.
Eric Weinberg, president continuing for a second year, welcomed everyone and called on Rabbi Alex Hecht of Congregation Beth Shalom for a D’var Torah.
Eric then presented his review of the Federation’s successes and changes. He congratulated the community for a successful campaign of over $971,000 under the leadership of Cantor Vladimir and Ludmilla Aronzon spoke about how these funds are used to help Jewish communities both in the United States and overseas. Eric welcomed new executive director Daniel Chejfec and new office manager Marion Olivetti and thanked retired staff Mark Silverberg and Dolores Gruber for their many years of service to the Federation. Eric also thanked Dassy Ganz, assistant to the executive director, and Mary Ann Mistysyn, administrative assistant for their part in the smooth working of our Federation. Eric then introduced Daniel Chejfec for his report.
Daniel spoke about the changes he is bringing to our Federation including modernizing our Reporter newspaper and website. Upgrades to our computer software are happening as well as more comprehensive use of social media and other methods of communication and marketing the Federation.
He then thanked the community for a successful campaign under the leadership of the Aronzons and presented them with beautiful tzedakah (charity) box in a glass case. Vladimir and Ludmilla thanked him and the Federation for the gift and for the honor of serving the community. They have agreed to chair the 2023 UJA Campaign as well.
The next report came from Esther Adelman representing Mike Greenstein and the Nominating Committee. After presenting the slate of officers and the Board of Trustees a vote was taken and the slate was passed. Rabbi Hecht installed the officers and trustees and Eric adjourned the meeting.
We look forward to a restful summer break before gearing up for the 2022-2023 campaign which will begin by summer’s end. An exciting and fascinating event is being planned to usher in the campaign season. Look for information on that and other Federation activities.