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We Promise...
 
Those of you who know me even slightly are aware of my passion for dogs. While I love all dogs, I am particularly devoted to (wild about) my own, William, our 10-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and Nellie, our two-year-old West Highland White Terrier. While Will has been the companion of kings, Nellie is the Cesar commercial dog; the adorable little white dog who makes all sorts of promises. She promises to: “be there when you wake,” “to always be your co-pilot,” “to take on the world with you.” Well, my opinion is that dogs are heaven’s perfect creatures; they keep their promises, they take on the world with you, every hour of every day. They deliver. And I have learned from the loyalty and constancy of my beloved dogs that there is nothing more important than keeping a promise.
When my time as president of the Federation is ended, I pray that I will leave a legacy of trust in our word and our work, along with an understanding that the Federation keeps its promises; that we deliver. The first task that the Visioning Committee accomplished, after many weeks of work, was the creation of a new mission statement (WHAT we do) and a clear declaration of our priorities and values (WHY we do what we do).
 
OUR MISSION: Why We Exist
 
To enrich Jewish living through connection, education and compassion.
 
OUR VALUES: Why We Do What We Do
 
~COMMUNITY
 
Committed to connecting our Jewish community to one another, Israel and the people of the world
 
~LOVING KINDNESS
 
Committed to caring for our Jewish elders and those among us who are least able to care forthemselves
 
~L’DOR VA DOR
 
Committed to honoring all generations, remembering our Jewish past, while welcoming our Jewish future
 
~HATIKVAH
 
Committed to bringing hope and support to Israel and the world’s citizens who face disaster,oppression and persecution
 
~INTEGRITY
 
Committed to transparent communication, ethical practices and stewardship of our community’s trust
 
Shalom,
Barb Hirsch-Giller, President
 

Executive Director,

Stuart Oxer

Community Relations/Jewish Press,

Mark Finkelstein

Director of Education,

Sophie Homonoff

IT Administrator,

David Copeland

Director of Jewish Family Services,

Mollie Giller

Jewish Family Services Social Worker,

Jody Caswell

Administrative Director,

Tom Wolff

Accounting & Administrative Support Specialist

Gayle Brimeyer

 

FEDERATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE


Barb Hirsch-Giller, President
Jule Goldstein, President-Elect
Don Blumenthal, Vice President
Kent Rosenberg, Treasurer
Will Rogers, Recording Secretary
Judy Deutch, Immediate Past President
Beth Ohringer, Member-at-Large
Brian Pearl, Member-at-Large
Steve Schoenebaum, Member-at-Large
Rabbi Levi Goldstein, Member-at-Large
Jami Schnoebelen, Member-at-Large

BOARD AND COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP


BOARD OF EDUCATION


Gabrielle Callistein, President

JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS


Jarad Bernstein, Chair

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES


Mark John Conley, Chair

IOWA JEWISH SENIOR LIFE CENTER


Jon Fleming, President

IOWA JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY


Melanie Sandler, President

AMES JEWISH CONGREGATION


Rabbi David Wirtschafter, Ex Officio
Ron Jackson, President

BETH EL JACOB SYNAGOGUE


Rabbi Aryeh Leib Bolel
Barbara Leventhal-Beckerman, President

JUDAIC RESOURCE CENTER


Rabbi Yossi Jacobson

TEMPLE B'NAI JESHURUN


Rabbi David Kaufman
Sharon Goldford, President

TIFERETH ISRAEL SYNAGOGUE


Rabbi Steven Edelman-Blank
Jody Jacklin, Co-President
Phil Bear, Co-President
 
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