Historic Campaign Sees $42 million Contributed to Jewish Federation for Addressing Increased Community Needs

August 12, 2022

Federation President and CEO, Michael Hoffman, announced that the community has contributed an outstanding total of $42 million to a combination of its 2022 Annual Campaign, new endowments through the Jewish Community Foundation, and targeted donations to partner organizations, Federation programs and emergency campaigns. This incredible total comes as Federation enters its 60th year, and the Jewish community of the Palm Beaches experiences immense population growth and emerges as one of the largest and fastest growing in North America.

“Our success this past year is about more than fundraising, it’s about the strength of this Jewish community,” shared Hoffman. “It’s about all of us coming together when things are at their most difficult. It’s about how we are there for one another – even to help improve the lives of people we may never meet.”

The $42 million included:

  • $18 million to Federation’s Annual Campaign (an exciting increase of 13 percent from just five years ago). $8.6 million was contributed through our inclusive Women’s Philanthropy program.
  • $15.6 million in new endowment commitments and other contributions to our Jewish Community Foundation, some of which are confirmed future promises, secure our community forever – and give us a greater day-to-day impact on the people we serve.
  • $8.2 million targeted by donors for our partners and programs, including emergency relief efforts for Ukraine and Surfside and corporate sponsorships.

Locally, Federation and its partners have increased emotional counseling as mental health challenges have grown more prevalent; provided scholarships and financial aid for families facing rising costs; delivered thousands of meals to homebound seniors and those facing food insecurity; provided stellar Jewish learning experiences to people of all ages and continue to educate and advocate against antisemitism and all forms of hatred while providing security resources for synagogues, schools and other Jewish community institutions.

One of the largest nonprofits in Palm Beach County, Federation is considered the Jewish community’s central philanthropic organization and “city hall.” Federation anticipated this milestone year of giving during the organization’s annual meeting in May. Hoffman credited the leadership of outgoing Board Chair, Hope Silverman, as well as Brian Seymour, Campaign Chair, Ronda Starr, Women’s Philanthropy Campaign Chair, and Joel Yudenfreund, Jewish Community Foundation chair for their leadership in overseeing Federation’s fundraising efforts in 2022. Silverman, Seymour and Starr completed their terms of service at the annual meeting.


Also during the meeting, Federation welcomed Susan Shulman Pertnoy as its new Board Chair, and the following individuals to its 2022-2023 Board of Directors: Rick Baer, Donald Berg, Richard N. Bernstein, Diane Herzog, Michael Kohner, Paul Kozloff, Patti Lehrhoff, Stacey Levy, Zelda Mason, Caroline Cummings Rafferty, Lisa Schreier and Shayne Silver.


Additional key leadership appointments to Federation include:

  • Charles Gottesman, Development & Campaign Chair
  • Vivian Lieberman, Women’s Philanthropy Campaign Chair
  • Ronda Starr, Women’s Philanthropy Board Chair
  • Roslyn Leopold, Community Strategy & Planning Chair
  • Sydelle Sonkin, Commission for Jewish Education (CJE) Chair
  • Adam Jackowitz, Emerging Leadership Program (ELP) Chair
  • Michelle Kohn, Mandel Leadership Institute (MLI) Chair
  • Jonathan Chane, Jewish Volunteer Center (JVC) Chair

Contributions to Federation fuel the organization’s network of local and global partners and programs, including: Alpert Jewish Family Service, Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach, Kramer Senior Services, Mandel JCC, Meyer Jewish Preparatory School, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Jewish Volunteer Center, Friedman Commission for Jewish Education, Jewish Community Relations Council, and the Jewish Community Foundation.