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Federation Celebrates Young Leadership

November 6, 2013


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Michelle Barrack — Mrs. Isidore Kohn Young Leadership Award. Photos by Scott Weiner

On March 25, 1957, the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, then known as the Federation of Jewish Agencies, established the Myer Feinstein Award. This award was created to make it possible for two young men to attend the General Assembly (G.A.) each year and be a part of this in-gathering of Jewish leaders throughout North America.

The first winners went in 1958. From that year until 1972, two young men attended the G.A. representing the Phila­delphia community. The Myer Feinstein Award was eventually changed to the Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Award. In 1979, for the first time, a young woman received the Feinstein Award.

In 1972, Mrs. Isidore Kohn established a similar award for a young woman in the com­munity. Until her death, Mrs. Kohn subsidized the trip for that young woman.

In 2001 the Jack Goldenberg Young Leadership Award was established by Michael and Lisa Goldenberg and Mitch­­ell and Jane Goldenberg in memory of their father. This award was endowed and there was no stipulation about the recipient’s gender.

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Michelle Barrack has been involved in the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia since 2009, when she participated in the Women’s Leadership Development Program, an initiative of Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy affinity.

Upon completion of this program in 2010, she was asked to become a member of National Young Leadership Cabinet, the premier leadership development program within JFNA. That  same year, Michelle and her husband, Jeffrey, chaired a couple’s mission to Israel, which deepened her connection and love for the Jewish homeland.

In 2011, Michelle was asked to join Federation’s Board of Trust­ees as well as the board for Federation’s Center for Israel and Overseas. She remains a member of both boards and in the lead­ership of Women’s Phil­anthropy, which she currently serves as a vice president.

She is also the local women’s chair of National Young Leadership Cabinet. In 2012, she co-chaired WP’s Pomegranate event as well as the Wom­en’s Leadership Development Program, which spearheaded her involvement in Federation.

In December of 2012, Mich­elle and Jeffrey co-chaired the MEGA Mission to Israel. This mission brought more than 200 people to Israel and 75 percent of those people were first-tim­ers.

Shortly after, she participated in a Complete the Journey Mission sponsored by Jewish Federations of North America. She traveled to Ethiopia and then Israel where she witnessed the historic aliyah of the remaining Ethiopian Jews.

Michelle and Jeffrey are the proud parents of Madison and Jack.

They are active members of Har Zion Temple.

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Bob Landow, who currently chairs Federation’s Men’s Cabinet, takes a hands-on approach to Jewish philanthropy.

A member of Jewish Federation Real Estate (JFRE), Bob, his wife Arlyn, and the couples’ three daughters, Blake, Bryn and Charly, worked together on Project HIP (Help in Play), a project adopted by JFRE to help build a new playground at the Klein JCC.

Bob, managing member of MLA Claims, was also instrumental in raising the $40,000 necessary to construct the playground. While engaged in fundraising for the project, he asked several of his firm’s cli­ents to donate to the playground renovation in lieu of paying MLA Claims its normal commission.

The firm specializes in resolving large residential and complex commercial property losses stemming from catastrophic events such as fires, hurricanes, earthquakes and floods across the country, throughout the Virgin Islands, Mexico and in Puerto Rico.

Bob credits his business success with the opportunities and support he received from others in the Jewish community and was determined to share his good fortune with others. When Hurricane Irene passed through the Greater Philadelphia area, one of the local JCCs sustained wind and flood damage.

MLA Claims assisted the community center with its insurance recovery on a pro-bono basis.

In addition to his work with Federation, Bob is a longtime member of Golden Slipper Club and Charities, Green Valley Country Club and Har Zion Temple.

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David Adelman is one of our community’s outstanding young leaders. He is an immediate past member of Federation’s board of directors. David exemplifies and personifies deep engagement in our Jewish community through his own active participation and in involving so many others in fulfilling our mission.

David is a founding member of one of Federation’s most active affinity groups — JFRE — Jewish Federation Real Estate. This group of young men and women, today led by Rob Zuritsky, provides real estate solutions for our community’s challenges — from building facilities at our overnight camps to constructing playgrounds for our JCCs to improving home energy efficiency for our low-income seniors.

David is also an immediate past chair of the board of the Holocaust Remembrance Foundation. This year, David co-chaired, together with Wayne Kimmel, a highly effective and successful Young Entrepreneurs Mission to Israel. This mission has succeeded in not only securing significant gifts to the community but also engaged its participants in the work of the Federation.

David is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). He was named the 2009 recipient of Multifamily Executive magazine’s prestigious “Executive of the Year” award. He was also selected as the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the real estate category in Greater Philadelphia.

David and his wife, Hallee, are the proud parents of Sage and Jade.

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