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With $9.5m grant, Federations to focus on training, retaining leaders

The funding, spread over three years, will help "build out a comprehensive talent strategy across the Federation system."

Eric Fingerhut, president and CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America. Credit: JFNA.
Eric Fingerhut, president and CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America. Credit: JFNA.

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation has given the Jewish Federations of North America a $9.5 million grant to develop and train leaders.

“The grant will support the recruitment of top talent from across the Jewish communal field; the development of a mid-career training platform; and a focus on professional development in fundraising and management,” according to a release.

“We are certain that this grant will fuel the highest level of excellence across the Federation system and allow for even greater levels of impact, which will, in turn, benefit the entire Jewish community served by the Federations,” said Jehuda Reinharz, president and CEO of the foundation.

Liz Fisher, JFNA’s chief talent officer, added that the funding “will enable us to make an unprecedented investment to support the professionals across our Federation system so that they can best serve the field and help our communities flourish.”

JFNA is an umbrella group of more than 350 Jewish communities that raises more than $2 billion annually.

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