When Cindy Bregman, the director of compliance and operations at McAdam Financial in Center City, isn’t busy at work, you might find her involved with a Jewish organization.
“They provide a sense of community and an opportunity for me to give back to those around me,” she said. “Knowing that the core values of many Jewish organizations resonate so strongly with my own beliefs makes it easy for me to feel a connection — I want to give my time, energy and support to these groups.”
Bregman grew up in Springfield (Montgomery County) and is a lifelong member of Congregation Rodeph Shalom.
“I’m the sixth generation of my family to attend this synagogue,” she said.
After graduating from Springfield High School, Bregman moved to Boston to attend Northeastern University.
“Once school was finished, I stayed in Boston for a few years and worked for Horizons for Homeless Children, a nonprofit that supports early education for children living in homeless shelters,” she said.
Bregman returned to Philadelphia in the fall of 2011.
At investment advisory firm McAdam Financial, Bregman creates and enforces policies that ensure the firm’s business operations run smoothly.
“I’m in charge of making sure that our financial advisers are adhering to all of the financial regulations,” she said. “Additionally, I oversee the staff of our five branch locations, go on site visits to each office and establish the best practices to implement across the firm as a whole.”
Now living in Philadelphia, Bregman has been a board member of the NextGen affinity group of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia for the past three years. First serving as the Israel360 alumnae chair, she was most recently the co-chair of the Ben Gurion Society, a national donor recognition society of Jewish Federations of North America for young adults.
“In the beginning, I was a member of the NextGen Leadership Development Program in 2013, which actually introduced me to the Jewish Federation and a participant on the 2015 NextGen Israel360 trip,” she said.
As a Jewish woman in Philadelphia, Bregman believes her Jewish identity imbues her with a certain level of responsibility.
“Being Jewish, I feel that I must lend my voice to those who cannot fight or speak for themselves. Caring for those in need is essential,” she said.
Bregman has her sights set on the future.
“I would like to work toward organizing mission trips for the NextGen group outside of the 360 program,” she said. “My first-hand experience and interactions with the community and programs where the Jewish Federation’s money is going is where my deepest connections have come from.
“I want there to be other opportunities for the NextGen age group to continue to deepen that connection — especially for those who have participated in Israel360; it’s important to keep engagement high.”
Bregman considers her involvement in the city’s Jewish life both meaningful and beneficial.
“Exploring my Judaism in Philadelphia has allowed me to meet and surround myself with people who share my values,” she said. “I’m better able to give back to the local community, which I care so deeply about.”
This article is part of an occasional series of profiles of Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia supporters.