Shep Englander — Federation Journal
Jewish Federation to Hold Annual Meeting, Community Conversation May 16
“Jewish Cincinnati is special because we are good at talking about our challenges and responding with creative solutions,” said Jewish Federation of Cincinnati president Tedd Friedman. “Together, guided by our Cincinnati 2020 vision, we are transforming the way we take care of each another.”
The Jewish Federation will hold its 122nd Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Mayerson JCC. At the meeting, Friedman will pass the gavel to incoming president Gary Greenberg.
“This year’s meeting will be different than years past,” said Federation Director of Community Building Barb Miller. “For part of the evening, we will break into small groups to discuss where we are in reaching our Cincinnati 2020 goals and where we want Jewish Cincinnati to go in the next ten years. We want to engage the entire community in this process, which will begin at the annual meeting.”
“Perhaps no one in our community thought it was more important to have these discussions and to collaborate than Jay Price, who recently passed away after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer,” said Federation Chief Development Officer Danielle Minson. “The meeting will be dedicated to the memory of Jay Price, one of the community’s most passionate and loyal volunteers, and a dear friend.”
The Federation has created a new endowment, the Jay Price Leadership Award, in his honor. It will be awarded, beginning with the 2019 Annual Meeting, to an exemplary volunteer who is actively engaged in both leadership and fundraising positions with the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and other partner agencies, Jewish organizations, and congregations.
The rest of the evening will feel familiar.
“Community members will get to meet other donors and volunteers who share a desire for a vibrant Jewish Cincinnati,” said Federation CEO Shep Englander. “Everyone will learn about the incredible work being done to maximize giving and participation, plan for a strong community, develop community leaders, and connect to Israel and the global Jewish world.”
The Federation will recognize outstanding professionals and exemplary volunteers. This year, Gary Blachman (Cedar Village President), Larry Juran (Jewish Family Service President), and Ed Kuresman (Rockwern Academy President) will receive the prestigious Nancy and Robert V. Goldstein Volunteer of the Year Award.
“Each of them is in the process of guiding his organization through challenging obstacles,” Friedman said. “We will honor the hard work they have done so far, as well as their energy and vision to complete these transformations.”
Ethan Litvin (Director, Cincy Internships, Cincinnati Hillel and Hillel at Miami University) and Elaine Kaplan (Interim Head of School, Rockwern Academy) will be presented with the Junior and Senior Weston Avodah Awards, in recognition of their dedication to the community through years of passion and professional service.
Community members are asked to register at jewishcincinnati.org/now.
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