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Lay Leadership


The governing board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton (JFGD) includes our agencies the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Services, and the Jewish Foundation of Greater Dayton. All agencies have representative members on the board. This body is the legal representative for the Jewish Federation and for its members. The board’s responsibility is to fulfill the mission, and they direct our work that helps us fulfill our mission.

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.

Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton Board and Officers

If you have questions about how our Board of Directors is selected, or need more information, please contact JFGD CEO Cathy Gardner at (937) 610-1555.

Dr. Heath Gilbert

Dr. Heath Gilbert

Bruce Feldman

Bruce Feldman

Mary Rita Weissman

Mary Rita Weissman

Neil Friedman

Neil Friedman

Beverly Louis

Beverly Louis

Dan Sweeny

Dan Sweeny

Gary Abrams

Gary Abrams

Gary Abrams

Amy Bloom

Gary Abrams

Rabbi Judy Chessin

Dr. Samuel Dorf

Dr. Samuel Dorf

Dr. Michele Dritz

Dr. Michele Dritz

Gary Abrams

David Feibus

Marni Flagel

Marni Flagel

Gary Abrams

Jon Freeman

Teddy Goldenberg

Teddy Goldenberg

Gary Abrams

Renana Harel

Gary Abrams

Dr. Stephen Harlan

Gary Abrams

Dave London

Ben Mazer

Ben Mazer

Gary Abrams

Dr. Martha Moody-Jacobs

Kathryn Polk

Kathryn Polk

Joseph Saks

Joseph Saks

Ira Segalewitz

Ira Segalewitz

Gary Abrams

Dr. Judy Woll

Looking for a way to get involved with Federation? Join one of our committees!

Jewish Observer

Observer editor honored for best feature writing in Ohio

Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Awards has announced that Dayton Jewish Observer Editor and Publisher Marshall Weiss has received the 2021 first-place award for Best Feature Reporting in its small newspaper category (circulation below 60,000). The awards are presented by the Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus SPJ chapters. Judges’ comments wrote The post Observer editor honored for best feature writing in Ohio appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

Importance of free speech opens JCRC Dismantling Antisemitism series

By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer In her book, Dare To Speak: Defending Free Speech For All, Suzanne Nossel calls out intentional and unintentional actions that erode free speech in the United States wherever she sees it. She cites liberal politicians who have “wrongheadedly” endorsed bans and punishments “for The post Importance of free speech opens JCRC Dismantling Antisemitism series appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

Finish Strong: A Father’s Code and a Son’s Path By Nate Ebner and Paul Daugherty • Penguin Press • 266 pages • $27 Story by Marc Katz, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer Tucked in a 266-page book about the loving relationship he had with his father — and his The post Son’s love for his dad imbues Nate Ebner’s story appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

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