Three young leaders of the local and global Jewish community will be honored by the Federation Board of Trustees at its Oct. 27 meeting with awards recognizing their current service and their demonstrated potential for future leadership growth.
These outstanding men and women, all under the age of 40, will represent the Greater Philadelphia Jewish community at the Jewish Federation of North America's General Assembly, Nov. 6 to 8 in Colorado.
Jeffrey Alan Barrack has received the Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Young Leadership Award. Barrack, a partner with Barrack, Rodos & Bacine, has distinguished himself through key leadership positions on both the local and national levels.
Barrack is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, and participates in Federation's Israel Scholars Program. In 2008 and 2010, he chaired missions to Israel for "next generation" leaders residing in the Philadelphia area.
He serves as president of Hillel of Greater Philadelphia, the umbrella organization for five Hillel groups throughout the region, and as vice chair, International and Domestic Relations, of the Jewish Federations of North America Young Leadership Cabinet. He also is a club member of the America Israel Public Affairs Committee.
Barrack has been a member of Hillel's board of directors and its executive committee for six years. During his tenure on the cabinet, Barrack has served on its Chair Selection Committee, as the Philadelphia Community Chair, and in a number of other strategic and tactical roles, promoting Jewish life, learning and philanthropy.
A graduate of Clark University, Boston College (M.A., 1992) and Temple University School of Law, Barrack's law practice is tailored to the interests of public pension, institutional and individual investors in securities fraud and corporate governance litigation. He contributes columns to The Legal Intelligencer, the oldest law journal in the United States, and has written on trial practice for the American Journal of Trial Advocacy.
A member of Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley, Barrack, his wife, Michelle, and their children, Madison and Jack, reside in Lafayette Hill.
Jodi Krasilovsky Miller has been honored with the Jack Goldenberg Young Leadership Award. She serves as vice president for Federation's Women's Philanthropy affinity group, focusing on new donor development. She served as co-chair of the Women's Leadership Development program from 2010-2011 and co-chaired the 2010 Pomegranate Event.
Miller is also a member of Federation's Women of Vision, the Jewish Women's Foundation of Greater Philadelphia and participated in the 2011 joint Women's Philanthropy/Women of Vision Mission to Israel.
Like Barrack, Miller is a member of the National Young Leadership Cabinet. Her leadership involvement also includes service on the Board of Trustees for Federation, Federation's Center for Israel and Overseas and the Mitzvah Food Project advisory board.
A passionate advocate for Jewish day schools, she has served as co-president of Perelman Jewish Day School-Stern Center's PTO and currently is a member of its Development and Strategic Planning Committee.
She holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where she also completed her undergraduate studies. She has worked as a strategy consultant to the pharmaceutical industry before devoting her energies to her family and voluntarism.
Miller and her husband, David, are the parents of three young children. They are members of Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El in Wynnewood, where she has served in a number of leadership capacities.
Laurie Franz is the chair of Federation's Mitzvah Food Project and is also a member of Federation's Center for Social Responsibility board. A committed member of the board of Federation's Women's Philanthropy affinity, she will serve as Philadelphia co-chair for the Jewish Federations of North America's national women's mission to Israel in February 2012.
In 2010, she served on the board of Federation's Center for Jewish Life and Learning and co-chaired its Committee on Community Building.
Franz is the president of the Five Together Foundation, which she formed in 2005 along with her four siblings. Over the past few years, 5TF has begun to focus on basic humanitarian efforts in the United States and worldwide. She has worked with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and has secured funds for the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda, of which she is a board member and sits on the development and fundraising committee. She and her husband have also built a school and wells in the Gondar region of Ethiopia through the JDC.