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)
Innovation Grants
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 Power of a Collective Voice

On April 25th, an anti-Semitic cartoon ran in the international edition of the Times, depicting the Prime Minister of Israel as a dog, leading a blind American president wearing a yarmulke. When I was made aware of this disturbing cartoon, I was deeply bothered.

Cathy’s WHIM – Do you know what today is?

As many of you may be aware, today is a very special day. It is Administrative Professionals Day.

Cathy’s WHIM – A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka

I love to read. In fact, I make a point to read every day. There is something magical about escaping in the pages of a good book. Occasionally I come across a book that not only provides me that escape, but also proves to be transformative.

Cathy’s WHIM – Driving Out Darkness

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending the Driving Out Darkness: Cincinnati Regional Summit on Antisemitism and Hate. It was an incredible day where each speaker was more amazing then the next.

Cathy’s WHIM – From Civil Discourse to Critical Conversations

There are several topics in this world that tend to produce tense and often destructive conversations.

Cathy’s WHIM – No Place For Hate And Intolerance

“Hate speech is what happens before hate crimes,” said Representative Steve Stivers. As a representative for Ohio’s 15th congressional district, he was one of the many people I had the privilege of meeting with this past Wednesday.

Cathy’s WHIM – I can’t carry a tune ~ can you?

I like to consider myself a visual artist. Anyone who knows me knows calligraphy and mosaics are a passion of mine.

Cathy’s WHIM – A Strong JCRC

JCRC Director Rabbi Ari Ballaban recently attended the National JCRC Conference. When I think of JCRC (Jewish Community Relations Council), I think about what it was like when I was a volunteer many years ago.

Cathy’s WHIM – Let’s Talk

Last November, women from Dayton and Israel came together for Women Leading a Dialogue. A program of Partnership2Gether, Women Leading a Dialogue brings together women of all religious, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds to discuss their history, customs and culture.

Cathy’s WHIM – Building Bridges

It’s hard to believe that the month of January is already coming to a close. It has been an incredibly busy (and cold!) month.

Contact the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton

Upcoming Events

Jun 04

YAD (ages 21-35) @ Film Fest Opening Night

June 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jun 06

JFGD Board Meeting

June 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Boonshoft CJCE
525 Versailles Dr.
Centerville OH
Jun 07

PJ Library & PJ Our Way Shavuot Ice Cream Party

June 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
J. F. Kennedy Park
5073 Bigger Rd.
Kettering OH
Jun 17

2019 Presidents Dinner

June 17 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Boonshoft CJCE
525 Versailles Dr.
Centerville OH

Jewish Observer

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