Esther Landsman

Women's Campaign Chair, 1980-1981

1. How did you get involved with Federation CJA , and why?

Growing up, I was taught by my parents that We do not live on this earth rent free. This saying has been my guiding light and drive to be part of this community. There will always be people less fortunate than ourselves and we must help to make their lives better.

2. What is your fondest memory to date of your time working with Federation CJA?

There are so many wonderful memories; it's hard to pick only one. Friendships made, trips to Israel and Washington, working with other dedicated community members… Being part of something larger than oneself.

3. Can you recall a particular moment or event that impacted you profoundly?

When I accepted the chairmanship for the Women’s Division in 1980, I wondered, would I be up to the job? Could I lead the Women to a successful campaign? Knowing the community had faith in me – faith that I could complete the job – I regained my own faith and immediately set to work.

4. What advice would you give to the young women following in your philanthropic footsteps?

Don't be afraid to get involved. Volunteers receive much more than they give. You will make friendships that are meaningful and will last a lifetime

5. What is your legacy?

My hope is that the involvement I have had over the many years as a "professional" volunteer will inspire others to get involved!

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