The Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor invites community members to express their interest in volunteer leadership positions for 2021-2022. Along with its professional team, Federation volunteers address the most significant issues facing the Jewish community. The Governance Committee of the Federation’s Board seeks to engage people from across the community as committee volunteers, chairs and board members.

The ideal Federation volunteers have—and seek to further develop—skills in communications, fundraising, community-building, allocations, and event planning. Board members in particular gain a strong perspective on the overall needs of the community and work creatively internally and with counterparts in other organizations to address them.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor provides and inspires philanthropic leadership and community-building to nurture a strong, engaged, connected, vibrant and enduring Jewish community locally, in Israel and around the world. Federation relies on the generous time of community volunteers to achieve its goals.

“I have gained so much from my involvement with Federation, and I wish to share that experience with as many others who may have interest in our community and are seeking ways to productively channel it,” says current Federation President Randy Milgrom. “We have a diverse and engaged and vibrant board, and I hope not only to strengthen it, but to continue to provide a pipeline for new and young leaders well into an even more secure future for our community.”

The Jewish Federation’s most well-known function is the Annual Community Campaign, which raises crucial, unrestricted funds our partner organizations need to operate, so they can focus on their missions serving the community. Fundraising beyond the Annual Community Campaign enables organizations to tackle specific challenges, such as to improve building security, maintain staffing during COVID, and address social service needs.

In addition to fundraising to meet current needs, the planned giving arm of the Federation, the Jewish Community Foundation, provides donors the opportunity to endow organizations and programs they love and, through LIFE & LEGACY® is helping build a culture of legacy giving across the community.

Federation works to engage the community with programs such as Jewish Young Professionals, Women’s Philanthropy, and Israel programming. Other engagement initiatives include Partnership2Gether, which connects local community members to Israelis in Moshav Nahalal; and the Jewish Community Relations Committee, which provides a platform for interaction with other faith, ethnic, and civic communities in Washtenaw County and an opportunity to be present in broader communal issues as part of the Jewish community.

From its unique position, the Jewish Federation convenes the community around issues of importance to a strong communal infrastructure. This includes addressing communal security needs, fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for people of all abilities and

backgrounds, and – most recently – providing resources and the space to collaborate to face the challenges posed by the COVID pandemic.

Serving as a Federation volunteer means giving a few hours of your time on a regular basis to strengthen and enrich Jewish life locally and around the world. It is an opportunity to learn and grow as a leader and to have one’s voice heard in shaping community for the next generation.

Individuals interested in serving on a committee or on the Federation Board of Directors should contact Eileen Freed at 734-773-3537 or eileenfreed@jewishannarbor.org. For more information about Federation, visit www.jewishannarbor.org.