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By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Raleigh-Cary Jewish Federation has hired a new campaign director and launched its 2003 annual drive.

The goal for the campaign, which has been shifted to the fall from the winter and spring, is $700,000, up from $575,000 for the current campaign and $250,000 five years ago, says Roger Kaplan, campaign director.

While this year’s campaign still is $25,000 to $50,000 short of its goal, he says, the federation also raised $160,000 for an emergency campaign to increase security for children and families in Israel.

Kaplan, former director of the Freeman Center for Jewish Life at Duke University and coordinator of community and educational projects at the Jerusalem Foundation in Israel, says he aims to increase the federation’s donor base and communicate more with donors about the federation’s needs.

While the federation sends its monthly newsletter to 2,200 households, for example, the annual drive receives only about 700 gifts – a total Kaplan wants to increase to 1,000 next year.

Campaign co-chairs are civic volunteer Jennifer Feinstein and Mark Goldhaber, vice president for affordable housing and government business development at GE Mortgage Insurance.

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