Annual Meeting 2012

June 21, 2012 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Seattle Art Museum at Volunteer Park
1400 East Prospect Street, Seattle, WA

Please join chairs Andrea and Michael Dickstein, the staff and leadership of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle in honoring the volunteers and leaders who are working together to transform the way we deliver critical funds to our community partners!

Reception includes light dinner, beer and wine. (Dietary laws observed)


Dr. Charles and Lillian Kaplan Board Chair Award for Outstanding Service: Corey Salka

Volunteer Opportunities

The Federation offers hands-on community service opportunities in everything from volunteering at events, to working on a committee, Israel advocacy projects, daily office work and welcoming newcomers to our community.

We do our best to help match your interests with the right volunteer opportunity. Matches are made not only here at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, but also at other Jewish nonprofits in the Puget Sound area.

Get inspired by reading some of our Volunteer Spotlights.

Looking for an internship to help gain real-world experience? We offer internship opportunities in several of the Federation's departments.

Annual Meeting Honors Community Leaders

Posted on Friday Jun 22, 2012 3:08 PM
2012 honorees include Kim Fisher, Corey Salka, Robin Boehler and Marcie Wirth
2012 honorees include Kim Fisher, Corey Salka, Robin Boehler and Marcie Wirth

More than 150 members of the Jewish community joined leaders and staff of the Jewish Federation at its Annual Meeting on Thursday evening, June 21, to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and honor those who have helped to make it a success.

As it does each year, the Federation recognized outgoing committee and Board members as well as others who are helping to make our community stronger. In a series of moving remarks, volunteers spoke with passion about the satisfaction they receive from their involvement in the Federation.

Now Accepting Nominations for Jewish Communal Professional Award

Posted on Wednesday Mar 28, 2012 1:53 PM

The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Pamela Waechter Jewish Communal Professional Award. This award is granted annually to honor outstanding local Jewish communal professionals for extraordinary contributions to the greater Seattle Jewish community. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, April 4, 2012.

Super Sunday was Truly Super

Posted on Tuesday Nov 15, 2011 9:08 AM

Over 70 enthusiastic volunteers gathered at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Sunday, November 13 for the annual community-wide phone-a-thon, Super Sunday. Calls were made to community members with an opportunity to support the Federation as we raise funds for Jewish organizations both locally and across the globe. This year, Super Sunday raised nearly $120,000.


We are privileged to recognize outstanding members in our community. Their contributions are worth noting.

Board Chair's Award is given for outstanding leadership on the Board of Directors and in our community.
2012 – Corey Salka
2011 – Robin Boehler
2010 – Andrew Cohen
2009 – Iantha Sidell
2008 – David Ellenhorn
2007 – Ronald Leibsohn
2006 – Robert B. Spitzer

Leadership & Service

Board and Committees

The Jewish Federation offers opportunities for service on the Federation Board of Directors and on committees overseeing Community Campaign grants, philanthropic projects, community relations, Federation governance and other important responsibilities. If you are interested in service, please contact us at info@jewishinseattle.org.

Volunteering Abroad

Volunteer service is an important and rewarding way to give back to our Jewish community. There are many opportunities in Israel for volunteers of all ages and skill sets. See examples below. For more information on volunteering in Israel and how to obtain a scholarship to help you attend, contact us at Israel@JewishInSeattle.org.

In Israel

There are many rewarding opportunities in Israel for volunteers of all ages and skill sets. Below are some particularly unique opportunities.

Partnership 2Gether: Seattle, Tucson, Phoenix and Israel

For almost 20 years, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle has had an important partnership with two communities in southern Israel, Kiryat Malachi and Hof Ashkelon.

We work as part of the Partnership2Gether (Israel, Seattle, Phoenix and Tucson) Partnership to bring volunteers together from these Jewish communities with the people of Kiryat Malachi and Hof Ashkelon to help develop and support one of Israel’s most economically challenged regions. Learn more about the specific projects we support. Partnership2Gether is one of more than 46 partnerships developed by the Jewish Agency For Israel to help world Jewish communities connect to Israelis as partners working together and not in the traditional donor-recipient model.

Adisa Ayaso Tassma's Seattle Speaking Tour

Adisa Ayaso Tassma, a community leader in Kiryat Malachi, visited the Seattle area in January 2014 to share her unparalleled story of courage and survival. 

Adisa was one of four amazing Jewish women in the spotlight at Connections 2014, held on January 26. In addition, she spoke at Herzl-Ner Tamid on January 24 and 25.

Adisa also spoke January 26 at The Summit at First Hill.

Her story is compelling. Born in Ethiopia, Adisa was only 3 when her family set off on Operation Moses, a journey to Israel. During a grueling three-month trek across Sudan's desert, she lost 11 siblings and other relatives along the way.

At a very young age, Adisa was confronted by death, starvation and cruelties no child should have to endure. Adisa overcame the suffering, and today, she is married, the mother of one child, holder of an associate's degree in criminal justice, and a community leader working with at-risk youth in Kiryat Malachi's Ethiopian community.

Adisa's moving story is an inspiration to people everywhere.

Calendar Contest!

We have helped judge entries in the sixth annual Chuck Simpson-Netanel Peretz Memorial Art Contest, in which children from seven day and supplemental schools participated. Children submitted great drawings consistent with this year's theme of the 12 months in the Jewish year. Winning submissions from children in Kiryat Malachi and Hof Ashkelon, and from children in Washington State, Phoenix and Tucson were used to produce a beautiful 5774 calendar. Two examples of submitted art work, from students attending school at Congregation Beth Israel in Bellingham, are presented here for your viewing pleasure.

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