By Todd Cohen
GREENSBORO, N.C. — After raising more than $1.5 million last year from 1,060 donors, the Greensboro Jewish Federation this year has set a goal of $1.6 million for its annual drive.
The drive, which kicks off Dec. 9 with a community dinner featuring actor Henry Winkler, is co-chaired by community volunteer Peggy Bernstein and Robert Shuman, a certified public accountant.
Before the kickoff, which is chaired by community volunteer Joy Shavitz and will be held at the Empire Room downtown, the federation is soliciting contributions from its board, staff and major donors.
It also will send missions to Cuba in October and to Israel in November to raise awareness about the needs of the Jewish communities there, and to help donors see how their dollars are spent.
Donors also can support Jewish causes through the Jewish Foundation of Greensboro, an arm of the federation that has 134 funds and assets of $14.5 million.
Susan Gutterman is director of planned giving for the foundation, which is chaired by Randall Kaplan, immediate past chairman of SterlingSouth Bank.