Betty Elkaim

Sepharade Women's Campaign Chair, 2003-2004

1. How did you get involved in the Federation CJA – and why?

The spark for me was witnessing the Federation CJA leaders and their commitment fed by their concrete actions and passion to make a difference in our community. More specifically, my admiration and my desire to get involved grew from seeing the measurable results and impact of the Sepharade Campaign’s outgoing presidents.

2. What is the fondest memory you have today of your time working with the Federation CJA?

I’ve had the opportunity to take part in a number of actions and various solidarity events for the benefit of our community and Israel. It gave me pride and joy to belong to this wonderful community which my children will belong to in years to come. I am proud and grateful to have been able to work together in a unified way with the volunteers and professionals who were as effective as they were devoted to making a difference in our community, to bring our ideals and the causes we hoped to see achieve their objectives one step forward.

3. Do you remember a moment or an event in particular that deeply impacted you?

I’ve been extremely impressed by the unparalleled dedication and the commitment of the volunteers and generous donors who have worked and continue to work in order to build a strong and vibrant community through the values of openness, sharing, caring for its members, and solidarity. The results of our activities have been a source of new energy for me.

4. What advice would you give to a young woman who wants to follow in your footsteps in the field of philanthropy?

It is a privilege to be able to contribute and be a member of one of the most respected Jewish communities in the world. In my opinion, it’s through our philanthropic activity that we are able to distinguish ourselves as engaged, devoted people who wish to make a difference in our community. It’s an infinite source of satisfaction and reward. The most rewarding thing is that each and every one of us inspires those around us to get involved, something which is worth its weight in gold for our community. It is important to do our part by contributing to the community and society in which we live.

5. What legacy would you like to pass on?

To preserve and strengthen our community in its diversity and keep the achievements of our predecessors alive in order to leave a strong and exceptional community for our children. To promote and spread the philanthropic spirit and find the resources vital to maintaining and growing our large organization.

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