Women's Philanthropy Campaign Chair, 2008-2009
Sepharade Women's Campaign Chair, 1999-2000
I started my community life by working at Federation CJA after University. I spent over five years at Federation CJA and learned about the amazing work it does. I had always volunteered from the time I was a teenager, but seeing first-hand what Federation CJA did inspired me to focus my volunteer efforts there once I stopped working.
It was really easy for me to transition from professional to lay person because of the relationships I had made. Many of the lay people I worked with as a professional mentored me once I began volunteering.
Besides meeting my future husband, I have so many fond memories that it is a challenge to name just one. I have enjoyed virtually everything I have done. Knowing that I am directly or indirectly helping people and building a stronger community gives me tremendous satisfaction. But, I think the most important thing for me has been seeing how our children have learned from us and are all now involved in giving back to their community. Seeing them at meetings or hearing of the programs and events they are involved in make me very proud. They are carrying on the work that our parents started. M’dor L’dor.
Being General Campaign Chair had a huge impact on the way I perceived our community. I spent a lot of time with those less fortunate and saw how Federation CJA actually changed and saved lives. I also spent time with many of our donors and realized how deeply they cared about the poor, the vulnerable, about education and about our young people maintaining a strong Jewish identity. Meeting these hundreds of people touched me in a way I will never forget.
I would tell young women that volunteering is not a hardship. In fact, I believe it is very rewarding— not only for us but, for our whole family. From the time they are young we try to teach our children, and to set examples for them that will influence their lives in a positive way. When we volunteer we are showing our children with actions – not just words – that the world does not revolve around only ourselves, but that to live a full life one must help others. What better value can we teach them?
My legacy is having all my children striving to help others in any way they can.