Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton

The Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton & its Agencies care
for those in need, strengthen Jewish life, and create connections
among Jews — acting locally, in Israel, and around the world.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton would like to sincerely thank our LIFE & LEGACY donors for their support. Your legacy gift will allow the Jewish Federation to care for those in need, strengthen Jewish life and create connections among Jews for years to come. Please click here to view our LIFE & LEGACY 2018 donor list.

Annual Campaign

The Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton’s Annual Campaign has been raising funds for over one hundred years, supporting our local agencies, and providing for Jews in need in Israel and around the world.


Annual Meeting
Holocaust Art & Writing Contest
Holocaust Remembrance (Yom Hashoah)
Intro to Judaism
Jewish Dayton Dreams Big
Men’s Philanthropy
Partnership 2Gether
PJ Library, PJ Our Way & PJ Grandparents
Presidents Dinner
Women’s Philanthropy
Young Adult Division (YAD)

Our 2018 LIFE & LEGACY Donors

Elaine and Matthew Arnovitz

Elaine and Joe Bettman

Jean and Todd Bettman

Larry and Cindy Burick

Rabbi Judy Chessin

Michele and Jay Dritz

Jacob Elder

Kathryn Elder

Marni Flagel

Cathy Gardner

Dr. Heath Gilbert

Juliet L. Glaser

Debby and Bob Goldenberg

Rochelle and Michael Goldstein

Ralph and Sylvia Heyman

Steven and Linda Horenstein

Beverly A. Louis

Sarah Moore Leventhal

Nochum Mangel

David and Joan Marcus

Milton Nathan MD and Ritva Williamson

Carole (z”l) and Bernie Rabinowitz

Marshall D. Ruchman

Alice and Burton Saidel

Andrew and Pamela Schwartz

Felice and Mike Shane

Janese and Daniel Sweeny

Tim Sweeny

Melissa Sweeny

Dr. and Mrs. Gary M. Youra

Private donors (3)

Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton – CEO

Cathy Gardner

Phone: 937-610-1555

Cathy’s WHIM – The Gift Of Time

The New Year started off on a high note, with The Ohio State University winning against Washington 28-23 in the Rose Bowl.

Cathy’s WHIM – One gift can change so many lives

As 2018 comes to an end, we have been working tirelessly to close our Annual Campaign. I am quickly reminded of my first campaign gift, and why I have chosen to give since that initial gift over 30 years ago.

Cathy’s WHIM – Bohemian Chanukah

Growing up, I was a huge fan of Freddie Mercury and Queen. I grew up with their music.

Cathy’s WHIM – Inspiring Solutions

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting with students from Northmont High School in Clayton.

Cathy’s WHIM – New eyes on an old tradition

Last week, through our Partnership2Gether program, Israeli women from Jewish, Muslim, and Christian backgrounds came to Dayton for the Women Leading a Dialogue program.

Cathy’s WHIM – Protecting the future of children with special needs

Planning for the future can be a daunting task. There are so many details to work out. For parents of special needs children, the details can be even more complex.

Cathy’s WHIM – The Light of Hope

On Tuesday night, as we gathered together to mourn the eleven people who were killed this past Saturday at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and to pray for the injured, something truly inspiring happened to me.

Cathy’s WHIM – An Israeli Buffet

I’ve spent the past week and a half in Israel. It was the “buffet” of missions, where we had the opportunity to partake in a wide variety of experiences.

Cathy’s WHIM – Four Seasons – Or Not?

In the course of five hours today, I had three meetings which focused on the challenges of finding time on the community calendar in which an event or program isn’t already taking place.

Cathy’s WHIM – Making A Difference For Victims Of Hurricane Florence

I am heartened to know that Federations are working day and night to act as a beacon of light in the midst of this dark time.

Contact the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton

Upcoming Events

Thu 24

YAD (ages 21-35) – Improv Class

January 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Wiley’s Comedy Joint
101 Pine Street
Dayton OH
Feb 07

JFGD Board Meeting

February 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Beth Abraham Synagogue
305 Sugar Camp Cir.
Dayton OH
Feb 25

YAD (ages 21-35) – Trivia with a Twist

February 25 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dublin Pub
300 Wayne Avenue
Dayton OH
Feb 27

Critical Conversations: The Emotional Burden of Rising Antisemitism

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Boonshoft CJCE
525 Versailles Dr.
Centerville OH
Mar 03

Men’s Event

March 3 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mudlick Tap House
135 E 2nd St
Dayton OH

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