Federation powers up new campaign with annual kickoff

August 11, 2017

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Ignites year-long celebration of Israel @70
Tuesday, September 12
Reception: 6:30 pm; Program: 7:30 pm
free and open to the community
Sandler Family Campus

The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater will launch a year-long celebration of Israel’s 70th birthday, as it kicks off the 2018 annual fundraising campaign. The kickoff will also serve as this year’s 7th Annual Israel Today speaker series opener, and feature David Hazony, editor of The Tower and managing director of the Israel Project.

As the Federation begins its Annual Campaign for the 80th consecutive year, its volunteers, leaders, and professionals look forward to a year of excitement, creative programming, and meaningful philanthropy.

The theme for this year’s campaign is: Powered by Federation. Recalling that each person is a part of the Federation— through support of the annual campaign and the agencies, programs, and services it funds, it becomes clear that the theme speaks to the collective power of the community.

“You are the Federation. Your neighbor who receives JFS services is the Federation. Your grandchildren attending the Strelitz Early Childhood Center and JCC Sumer Camp, they are the Federation,” says Janet Mercadante, Women’s Campaign chair.

Campaign Kickoff marks the start of the Federation’s campaign calendar, bringing the community together to learn about current needs and priorities, and to set the tone for a great year ahead. “It’s a celebration of past successes, and a rededication to the values that keep us looking out for Jews at home and around the world,” says Mercadante.

“It’s a chance for us to remember—at a time of year that asks us all to remember— that our work is never done. It’s an acknowledgement that when we work together—asking, giving, and leading, we harness the collective power of our community to further the Federation mission,” says Harry Graber, UJFT executive vice president.

Powered by Federation, Tidewater’s Jewish community can continue to make a meaningful and positive impact—at home, and around the world.

Attend Campaign kickoff and learn about how each individual can help “power up” the Federation through volunteerism and financial support. RSVP to Melissa Eichelbaum at meichelbaum@ ujft.org.

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