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New Director Looks Forward to Leading JCF to the Future

In the May 18, 2022 issue of the Jewish Community Voice, the JCF's "Money Matters" column featured the debut of new JCF Director David Snyder.

The following is a reprint of the column:

As a supporter of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey and its family of agencies, you undoubtedly know the Federation’s positive impact on the lives of so many in our community each and every day. Many of these stories are covered in this and every issue of the Voice.

For the past 15 years, I have had the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with so many incredible lay and professional leaders to ensure that our Jewish community’s needs are met. My roles have included, and continue to include, leading the Jewish Community Relations Council as executive director and more recently expanding my role to oversee the Federation’s Funds Development department.

Adding to this, effective back on April 15, I am excited and honored to be named as director of the JCF, which serves the Federation and the broader Jewish community as a resource for managing endowment funds and donor advised funds.

The JCF is a small but mighty team with a combined 40+ years of professional experience, and they excel at their roles. Controller Stephen Kofsky oversees the JCF’s finances, including our budget, audit, and more. Janet Santo, JCF’s donor services coordinator, is one of Federation’s longest-tenured employees and works closely with donors to manage their funds. Mike Staff, who was recently promoted to JCF assistant director, manages such initiatives as JCF Grants, JCF Scholarship Awards, marketing, and donor stewardship. And, last but not least, Jennifer Dubrow Weiss, CEO of the Federation, has added CEO of the JCF to her responsibilities. These personnel changes were duly approved by the JCF’s Board of Trustees and the Federation’s Board of Directors, reflecting the collaborative spirit that has made this community so successful for so many decades. As for our volunteer leadership, I will need a calculator to total the incredible depth and breadth of our dedicated board members led by current President Robert Elias.

Together, we have a strong team in place for the JCF as we look to set this community up for a bright future for countless generations. In the shorter term, over the next six months to one year, we anticipate implementing some additional new changes to benefit our donors and our community as we review our agency from top to bottom and incorporate innovative synergies with the Federation. Stay tuned for more information as we roll out these improvements.

During my brief few weeks as director thus far, I have enjoyed being a part of two JCF initiatives in particular—the Spring JCF Grants Cycle to benefit local nonprofits, and the JCF Scholarship Awards, to support deserving scholars pursuing post-high school education. The committee members who volunteer their time to make these efforts successful each year deserve a hearty thanks, and I look forward to continuing to build these two vital programs.

I have also enjoyed meeting with JCF Board members, collaborating with JCF staff, and beginning to work with JCF donors, many of whom I know through my portfolio with Federation. The JCF’s bar of success is high, but all of us at the JCF are excited to raise it even higher.

The future of the South Jersey Jewish community lies in the hands of donors like you, and I appreciate everyone who has made a commitment to benefit many generations. I look forward to helping anybody who wishes to leave a legacy and encourage you to please contact me or any of us at the JCF to ensure your philanthropic wishes are met.

From all of us at the JCF, Chag Shavuot Sameach!


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