Our 2018 Annual Meeting took place last night. It was a wonderful evening. As the meeting came to a close, I began to reflect on what a magnificent community we live in, and the remarkable people I am so fortunate to have around me on this incredible journey as CEO of the Jewish Federation.

I am honored to work with determined and passionate lay leaders such as our recent past president, David Pierce and our new president, Bruce Feldman. The most critical work partnership I have is with our presidents (past, present and future). I am very fortunate to work with such committed and successful men and women as they lead our community and help us reach new heights.

I’m thankful to our committee chairs, members and volunteers, for without them, we would not be able to do what we do. Our community spends countless hours helping to make our programs, services and special projects a success. I am in awe of your unwavering support. You inspire me every day.

I’m grateful to spend each day with such an amazing team of professionals. Every day, our employees strive to work toward the common good of the Jewish community. Their teamwork and dedication shines through everything we do as an organization.

I appreciate our community, and the fabulous people I have met. Our community has become one that people look to for cutting edge ideas. Just yesterday, I was on a JFNA strategic taskforce conference call. After sharing Dayton’s dreams and ideas, one of the consultants on the call said he wanted to move here!

As stated at our meeting last night, I was offered a five-year extension on my contract, and couldn’t accept that offer fast enough! I am overwhelmed at the warm and caring Jewish community we have here in Dayton.




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