Federation, Foundation Annual Meeting June 19

    Photo is of Jerry & Ginger Held.
    Federation, Foundation Annual Meeting June 19
    The Birmingham Jewish Federation and Birmingham Jewish Foundation will hold their annual meeting on Monday, June 19 at the N.E. Miles Jewish Day School.  A reception will be held before the program at 5:30 pm with the meeting beginning at 6 pm. The evening is open to the community.

    The meeting will include reports from the leadership of both agencies and the installation of Federation officers and new board members.

    This year, the Birmingham Jewish Federation and Birmingham Jewish Foundation will see significant turnover in its leadership. Birmingham Jewish Federation President Jerry Held will be ending his term as president after four years (two as co-president with his wife Ginger and two by himself). Birmingham Jewish Foundation President Ginger Held will also be ending her two-year term as president.

    Prior to serving as presidents of the Federation and Foundation, they twice co-chaired the Federation’s Annual Campaign.
    Jerry and Ginger have served the Jewish community, specifically the Federation and Foundation, with passion and dedication over the past six years and we will be thanking them for their meaningful and important service.
    Hilary Gewant, who has served as Federation Annual Campaign chair and Vice President of Fundraising, will begin her term as President of the BJF. Richard Pizitz, Jr. will be installed as the President of the Birmingham Jewish Foundation.

    In addition to the recognition, election and installation of new lay leadership, the annual meeting will provide both organizations with the opportunity to reflect on achievements over the past year while also looking to the future.

    The past year has been an eventful one with much happening on the Montclair Road Jewish Community Campus. BJF Executive Director Richard Friedman will give an update on the status of our Campaign for Jewish Community Security.

    Richard will also share thoughts about the recent decision by the BJF & LJCC boards to designate him as the CEO of both organizations upon LJCC Executive Director Betzy Lynch’s departure at the beginning of August.
    Additionally, the Federation will be thanking four moms of children who attend the LJCC’s Cohn Early Childhood Learning Center for all that they have done to bring the Birmingham community together during the uncertain times that faced our community earlier this year.
    And, as the summer gets into full-swing and the JCC Maccabi Games near, Games Co-Chair Layne Held will provide an update on the week-long athletic competition for Jewish teens. The JCC Maccabi Games will be held July 30- August 4 in Birmingham, which is among those cities hosting.
    “This year’s annual meeting is certain to be substantive and informative and we encourage all members of our community to make every effort to attend,” said Richard. “We are proud of what we have achieved and excited about what’s ahead.”

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