About Us

Our Mission

As the umbrella organization for all Jews in Lane County, Oregon, our Federation is unaffiliated with any denomination or synagogue. One of more than 150 Jewish Federations throughout North America, our Federation oversees:

  • Fundraising
  • Outreach and engagement
  • Leadership development
  • Advocacy for and response to local and national human rights issues
  • Global Jewish connections

Our Priorities

Caring for Jews in Need

If we don’t take care of our community who will?

Because we believe it is our responsibility, the Federation leverages the strength of our community to provide aid for Jews in need. The well-being of Jewish seniors is a core priority.

Our work also includes seeing to daily necessities for those in need, connecting people to the skills and services necessary to be self-sufficient, and ensuring children with special needs and others at-risk have their needs met and can participate in Jewish life.

Ensuring the Jewish Future

The future is built on what we do today, so the Federation creates opportunities for people of all ages to participate in and celebrate Jewish life and to connect with the community and with Israel.

Engaging and Mobilizing our Community

We mobilize our community to pursue an inclusive society that reflects the best of American and Jewish values, a strong Jewish future and a safe and vibrant Israel. We advocate for major public policy issues at the local, state and federal levels.

Helping Jews Overseas

Many Jews overseas lead lives much more difficult than our own. For example, in Russia, $1 a day will provide a hot lunch delivered to an elderly Jew possibly apartment bound, and sometimes their only hot meal of the day.


Board of Directors

The Federation is governed by a board of directors composed of not less than seven and not more than 18 community members. Included on the board are the offices of president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. Several committees assist in the operation of the Federation.

President
Margot Helphand

Vice President
Sandy Weintraub

Secretary
Debbie Rose Libeskind

Treasurer
Diana G Learner

Board Members
Andy Gitelson
Jody Kirtner
Martha MacRitchie
Lee Miller
Minalee Saks
Lois Safdie
Diane Schechter
Lauren Slovic
Rob Stein
Dena Zaldua


Social Services Coordinator

Oriana Hurwit

PJ Library Coordinator

Caitlin Roberts

Education Committee Chair

Rob Stein

Jewish Community Relations Council

Reuben Zahler

Jewish Oral History Project Coordinator

Ellen Todras


Annual Spending

(coming soon)

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