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Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York acts as the central hub, working with partner agencies, individuals like you, and other local Jewish funders to help sustain Jewish life at home and around the world.

Federation’s team of members of the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers work to support and uphold our mission. Click on the links below to meet key staff members and find out more about how each of our departments sustain and enhance Jewish life.

Annual Campaign

Our Financial Resource Development department oversees Federation’s Annual Campaign, including the general and Women’s Philanthropy campaigns. Annual Campaign events include Headliner Series, Society Events, Super Sunday, and a variety of other events to educate and thank our generous donors.

There are a variety of ways to support our Annual Campaign:

  • Give a Gift
  • Join a Society
  • Volunteer

To speak to someone about our Annual Campaign, contact Linda Pollack Kessler, Director of Campaign at, or 783-7800, ext. 234.

Women’s Philanthropy

Women’s Philanthropy increases support for the Jewish community locally and abroad by developing leadership and raising awareness about the needs in the Jewish community through our three pillars: philanthropy, social action, and education. Being a part of Women’s Philanthropy is an affirmation of our connection to our families, our community, and Jewish people everywhere. Every woman can make a difference.

Women’s Philanthropy offers innovative events and programs, including:

  • Lions of Judah, Pomegranates & Friends Events
  • Premier Events
  • Community-Wide Events
  • Connections Events
  • TOV (Tikkun Olam Volunteers)

For more information on Women’s Philanthropy, please contact Linda Pollack Kessler, Women’s Philanthropy Director at or 783-7800, ext 234.

Young Adult Programming: NextDor

NextDor is the Next Generation of Jewish Leadership.

We are community members aged 22-40 who are dedicated to a continued vibrant Jewish community locally, in Israel, and throughout the world.

NextDor events and activities include community-wide programming, social events, Israel advocacy and education, and opportunities for Funlanthropy.

For more information on how you can get involved with NextDor programs, please contact Rebecca Miller, NextDor Director, at or call 783-7800, ext 225.

Planned Giving & Endowments

The Jewish Community Endowment Fund (JCEF) strengthens and encourages all projects supported by the Annual Campaign, other donor directed projects, and the broader Jewish community. JCEF helps our donors find tax-wise ways to perpetuate their support for the Jewish community. In 2011, almost $1.8 million dollars was distributed from our JCEF into the community.

To learn more about planned giving and endowments, or to have a conversation to explore possibilities, contact Deborah Chapman Goldstein at or call 783-7800, ext 230.

Community Relations

The Community Relations department supports Federation’s mission of Tikkun Olam through its deep commitment to combating anti-Semitism and discrimination, clarifying church/state issues and building bridges to the community, educating and advocating for Israel, heightening consciousness and remembrance of the Holocaust, maintaining a harmonious Jewish community, and strengthening the Jewish community’s relations with the general community.

For more information, contact Shelly Shapiro, or call 783-7800, ext 235.

Jewish Education

The Community Coalition for Jewish Education (CCJE) strives to support Jewish education endeavors of the schools and congregations by being a major resource to the entire community. CCJE provides one of the most direct links between Federation and the synagogues.

CCJE also provides resources, teacher training, conference stipends, special programming, consultation, and networking opportunities for Jewish educators.

For more information about CCJE, contact Marci Galinkin at, or 783-7800 ext 239.

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