Jewish federation launches drive

By Todd Cohen

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Greensboro Jewish Federation has kicked off its 2006 annual campaign, aiming to raise $1.65 million, up from $1,624,000 it raised in its 2005 campaign from 1,150 contributors.

The main agencies benefiting from the campaign include Jewish Family Services, B’nai Shalom Day School, NC-Hillel and programs overseas.

Headed by Dr. Jeffrey Medoff of Medoff Medical, the federation also is working to raise $300,000 to feed elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union and to send Ethiopian Jews to Israel, says Marilyn Chandler, executive director.

And it is beginning the second year of a five-year effort to raise $20 million for long-term funds to support the federation and its programs.

That effort has raised $6 million for the new endowment, which is separate from an existing endowment consisting of 194 funds totaling $27 million.

Of those existing endowment funds, $24.5 million supports agencies and groups in Greensboro, and $2.5 million supports Jewish federations and groups in other communities throughout the state.

Randall Kaplan, president of Capsule Group, is chairman of the Jewish Foundation of Greensboro, which oversees the endowment.

Chairs for the 2006 annual campaign are David Altman, vice president for research and innovation at the Center for Creative Leadership, and Nathalie Ross, court-appointed special advocate guardian ad litem for the Guilford County Superior Courts and a member of the National United Jewish Communities Young Leadership Cabinet.

The annual campaign will include a phone-a-thon on Feb. 5, Super Bowl Sunday, and a “snowbird” event in Florida in February featuring a visit to donors who spend their winter there.

The federation also plans to sponsor a family philanthropy initiative in the spring, one of only six pilot programs among local Jewish federations in partnership with the national United Jewish Communities office.

And it plans next spring to send a contingent from the community to the national UJC Tel Aviv One, a national young leadership conference in Israel.

In addition to funds for the 2005 annual campaign, the federation raised $30,000 to assist in hurricane relief efforts, part of over $24 million raised by Jewish federations throughout North America.

The federation also raised local funds to build a Jewish Community Center in Beltsy, Moldova, its partnership community in the former Soviet Union, and sponsored the fifth annual summer family camp in Moldova with its Israeli partner community, Har Adar.

And in September, it co-sponsored with the National Conference for Community and Justice sending 44 community members on the 4th interfaith study mission to Israel.

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