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November 5, 2010  RSS feed
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Federation Campaign preparations under way; Match challenge issued

Adam Lopatin is campaign chair, and Diane Sherman chairs the Women’s Philanthropy campaign. Adam Lopatin is campaign chair, and Diane Sherman chairs the Women’s Philanthropy campaign. In preparation for the Nov. 17 kick-off of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties’ 2011 annual campaign, a group of board members/donors has issued a $10,000 Match Challenge:

Any new gift or the amount of increase of an increased gift from last year will be matched — up to a total $10,000.

A similar challenge was issued last year, and then increased when the first match was achieved.

The challenge is intended to stress that the 2011 Campaign will be a pivotal campaign.

A common concern, according to Campaign Chair Adam Lopatin and Women’s Philanthropy Chair Diane Sherman, is, “It is more than a clich√©: times are tough and they are tough for many people. Unfortunately this has been the case for the past two years in particular, not just locally, but around the world. The economic climate has left the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties short of its campaign goals in both these years as well. The result is the Federation has had to cut programs and services provided, and reduce allocations to the community agencies. That means less people in these times when more are in need.”

“Needs have grown,” Lopatin said. “There are many Jewish people in Pinellas and Pasco Counties who depend on us and the generosity of community members who give to the Campaign. Some of them are desperate.”

“When we talk about needs that includes more than just the basics,” said Sheldon Scheinert, president of the Jewish Federation. “It includes Jewish education, programs, scholarships, seniors, youth and many connections within the community and with other communities.”

“We have begun meeting with our agencies and campaign divisions to determine the best way to bring our campaign back to its previous levels to enable us to help as many as possible.”

“Both Adam’s and Diane’s commitment to the community and their extensive, volunteer involvement will help re-energize our campaign,” he said.

Adam Lopatin, Campaign chair

Lopatin, Federation’s 2008 Young Leadership Award winner, served for two terms on the Federation board, and was chosen to sit on the National Young Leadership Division of the Jewish Federations of North America. He has served on the Budget and Allocations Committee, the Rabin Awards Committee, the Covenant Fund Scholarship Committee and has chaired both the Major Gifts Division and Chazak Division.

“Taking on this important role just seemed like the next step. I learned from the best that it’s our responsibility to do all we can to help all those in need. It’s important to talk about philanthropy with others. It’s often times an eye opener for people. Some have no idea what a huge difference they can make in Jewish community life here and in Israel,” said Lopatin. “People are often amazed when they learn how many places in the world and how many people can be effected by their making an annual campaign gift.”

Diane Sherman Women’s Philanthropy chair

“I’m very excited to be a part of an organization that can do so much good in our community,” said Sherman. This experience has already made me aware of where the money goes and the needs locally and overseas that the Federation supports. I hope to bring a personal connection to help others better understand the very large safety net that is cast through our Campaign donors’ support.”

Calling her own experience on a Federation mission as “one of the most exciting and meaningful” of her life, she encouraged others to take advantage of such opportunities. Upcoming Jewish Federation of North America trips include an overseas teacher’s mission this December (open to all Jewish educators in Pinellas County), a women’s mission to Israel scheduled for February, and a family mission planned for the summer.

“Not everyone has the opportunity or the time to personally visit people and organizations in need.”

Donors and volunteers

Preparations for the Campaign has been underway for four months. In addition to Lopatin and Sherman being named to their Campaign positions, a Campaign team has been formed (See page 19) that includes not only the Campaign leaders, but over 100 other community volunteers.

Annual Campaign donations from community members help to subsidize the following beneficiary agencies and local Jewish organizations: Benjamin Tower, Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, Florida Holocaust Museum, Hillels of the Florida Suncoast, JCC Suncoast, Jewish War Veterans Post 409, Neighborly Senior Services, Hillel School of Tampa (Pinellas/Pasco students), and Menorah Manor.

Programs supported by the Annual Campaign include the Federation’s Koved emergency fund, camp scholarships, Jewish educational loans, community calendar, Jewish Community Relations Council, Partnership 2000 programming with sister city Hadera-Eiron in Israel, emergency appeals, Operation Afikomen, the Esther Project, Chanukah Drive, Shalom Pinellas & Pasco, Shalom Baby, Young Adult Division and leadership training initiatives.

For more information about the Annual Campaign, or to volunteer, call 530-3223 or go online to

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