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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

The Soviet spy who stole atomic secrets in Dayton

Ann Hagedorn details how — and possibly why — George Koval committed the perfect crime against America By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Five years ago, former Wall Street Journal staff writer and non-fiction author Ann Hagedorn interviewed a 92-year-old man for a story she hoped to turn into The post The Soviet spy who stole atomic secrets in Dayton appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

By Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz, Temple Israel In the book The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness, Joel ben Izzy shares the story The Search for Truth. It is about a man who gives up everything he cares about in search of truth. He scours the world until at last The post The first step toward repentance appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

Former Air Force museum director who brought Holocaust exhibit for permanent display dies

Retired Maj. Gen. Charles D. Metcalf, who served as director of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force from 1996 to 2010, died Oct. 29 at age 88. During his tenure, which included significantly increasing the museum’s attendance and expanding its galleries, Metcalf brought Prejudice & Memory: A Holocaust The post Former Air Force museum director who brought Holocaust exhibit for permanent display dies appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

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