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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!

Upcoming Events

Mon 30

Intro to Judaism Virtual Class

November 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dec 07

Intro to Judaism Virtual Class

December 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dec 08

JCRC Action Committee Meeting

December 8 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Dec 16

JFGD Board Meeting

December 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Jewish Observer

69 years later, DP camp friends reconnect

By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer “Ruth, I’m going to call you Regina,” Ira Segalewitz said from his home in Kettering when he saw his childhood sweetheart for the first time in 69 years, via Zoom on Nov. 8. “Call me whatever you want, just call me!” Ruth Brandspiegel The post 69 years later, DP camp friends reconnect appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

Learning from our ‘precedential’ election

By Rabbi Benjamin G. Azriel, Temple Beth Or Electing a “precedent” is never an easy time for a community. Evaluating values, learning about the history of the concepts, incorporating morality into our lives are all parts of determining the precedent that we will elect. At Makor, Temple Beth Or’s Sunday The post Learning from our ‘precedential’ election appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

Libby Copeland: DNA testing reveals family secrets, complicates identity

By Sophie Panzer , Jewish Exponent In 2012, a woman named Alice took a DNA test and expected it to reveal that her entire family hailed from Irish American and British ancestry. Instead, the test revealed that half her DNA was Ashkenazi Jewish. Her attempts to understand the results and The post Libby Copeland: DNA testing reveals family secrets, complicates identity appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

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