Federation Notes

Listening and Serving

As incoming co-chairs, we are dedicated to serving this community and impacting Jewish lives in the Valley, in Israel and around the world.

Here is a list of our intentions:

• We plan to spend the first few months listening to members of our community, including agencies, organizations, synagogues and community leaders, past and present. The information gathered during these meetings will help us determine how the federation can best serve our community – and Jews in need, wherever they may be.

• We will continue to ensure that our culture is one of service, humility, responsiveness and growth. We will implement a new committee structure with community relations representatives acting as liaisons for our synagogues and agencies, as well as for our diverse geographic area, including the West and East Valley.

• We will develop a long-term strategic plan to strengthen the federation through sustainable campaign growth with the goal of increasing support for and the impact on our community.

• We are renewing our commitment to education and the understanding of how we can best support our community while continuing to provide focused funding and support in core areas, including senior services, NowGen and advocacy for Israel.

We extend our appreciation to the outgoing officers, especially Immediate Past Chairman Steven Schwartz. Their service is an example to all.

We are proud of what was accomplished in 2016, including providing transportation for community seniors; partnering with the Israeli American Council to create a regional office, IAC Phoenix; and expanding engagement among young Jewish adults through NowGen and Jewish professionals through business and professional groups. We look forward to building on that foundation and moving the Federation – and the community – forward.

Thank you for your trust. We are honored and excited to build a strong federation for all and a more vibrant Jewish community here, in Israel and around the world.

By Mark Feldman & David Weiner

If you have something to share – hopes, views, etc. – please send us a note at infocc@jewishphoenix.org.

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