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Fed Fellows scope out worthy Israeli non-profits on trip


Rachel Golden, Jamie Gray, Korri Krajicek at the SAHI program which the Fellows recommended donating $15,000. Rachel Golden, Jamie Gray, Korri Krajicek at the SAHI program which the Fellows recommended donating $15,000. The first contingent of Federation Fellows returned from Israel on July 10 with more than pleasant memories.

With a $25,000 earmark from the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties, the group got to play philanthropists, determining how they felt the money should be divvyed up among non-profit programs they visited on the trip.

The five young adults were selected a year ago to participate in this first-of-its-kind program that involved 10 hours of volunteer service per month in the 10 months leading up to the mission.

The group consisted of Korri Krajicek, Hilary Hemmins, Jamie Gray, Jennifer Rosoff, and Sam Eshelman. The group was joined by Lance Mizstal, who received a partial subsidy to participate in the mission.

In the months leading up to the mission, the group participated in activities designed to expose them to the specific activities of the Federation and the broader Jewish community. Projects included working on Super Sunday, writing thank you cards, updating the Federation website, helping with data entry, assisting with arts and cultural events.


On the annual Young Leadership Mission to Israel, (L-R) Hilary Hemins, Jennifer Rosoff, Sam Eshelman, Rachel Golden (Tampa YAD), Lance Miztal (Pinellas/ Pasco YAD), Jamie Gray, Korri Krajicek at the Wall. in Jerusalem. On the annual Young Leadership Mission to Israel, (L-R) Hilary Hemins, Jennifer Rosoff, Sam Eshelman, Rachel Golden (Tampa YAD), Lance Miztal (Pinellas/ Pasco YAD), Jamie Gray, Korri Krajicek at the Wall. in Jerusalem. The program culminated in participation – at no cost to the group members – in the national Jewish Federations of North America Young Leadership Mission, a nine-day excursion that showcased not only the vibrant life and beauty of Israel, but also the programs that the Federation funding supports. A total of 90 young adults from across North America participated in this year’s trip.

“I felt really prepared and aware of what our Federation does,” said Rosoff, “and it made our experiences that much more meaningful.”

The group visited and did hands-on work with nearly two dozen programs across Israel that are run by the Jewish Agency for Israel, the Joint Distribution Committee, the government of Israel, or private nonprofit organizations.

These experiences had the Fed Fellows playing wheelchair basketball alongside injured Israel Defense Forces soldiers through an all-abilities support program; packing food and supply boxes alongside at-risk teens for stealthy night delivery through a program called SAHI, and working with all ages on English-language skills at an Ethiopian National Project learning center.

Afterward, the group recommended supporting the SAHI program with $15,000; an Arab-Israeli women’s empowerment program called Awareness 4U with $5,000; and the Israel Tevet program, which provides job training and support for the Haredi community with $5,000.

The Federation board, which had the final say so, concurred in the recommendations.

“Knowing that we would be making this funding decision for our community made me see each of the programs in a different light. I felt so connected to the work that our community makes possible,” Krajicek said.

Each of the Fellows will go on to leadership roles per their interests in the community in the months to come, including involvement with the Young Adult Division of Pinellas and Pasco committee, arts and culture efforts, and Federation strategic visioning.


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