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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

Beverly Louis

Beverly Louis

Neil Friedman

Neil Friedman

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

Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Yair Lapid appointed Israel’s first special envoy for combating antisemitism and the delegitimization of Israel, naming Israeli American artist and author Noa Tishby to the position April 11 in Jerusalem. Tishby will keynote the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton’s Presidents Dinner in the rotunda of The post Israel’s first-ever envoy to combat antisemitism will keynote Federation Presidents Dinner May 15 appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

A poem for Yom Hashoah

    By Zoe Kourlas, Grade Eight, Hastings Middle School 2022 Max May and Lydia May Memorial Holocaust Art and Writing Contest, sponsored by the Greater Dayton Holocaust Education Committee   The post A poem for Yom Hashoah appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

Area Reform leaders mourn HUC vote to end residential rabbinical program in Cincinnati

By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer To say Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati’s connections with Dayton-area Reform congregations run deep would be an understatement. It was natural for the architect of Reform Judaism in the United States, Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, to reach out from his Cincinnati perch to The post Area Reform leaders mourn HUC vote to end residential rabbinical program in Cincinnati appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

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