WHO WE ARE

We are the central address for Jewish philanthropy and community programming for the Jewish Community of Greater Naples.

  • Our Vision

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Naples aspires to be the central communal voice for the Jewish community of Greater Naples and the supportive thread that runs through the fabric of the Jewish community, its organizations and services, connecting us all.

  • Our Mission

    To enhance and enrich the quality of Jewish life by recognizing and supporting the charitable, educational, humanitarian and social service needs of the Jewish community locally, nationally, overseas and in the State of Israel.

OUR TEAM

STAFF

 

Jeffrey Feld

President/CEO

 

Eduardo A. Avila

Campaign Associate

 

Renee B

Program Director

 

Michelle Cunningham

Receptionist

 

Courtney DeVault

Accounting Manager

 

Alicia Feldman

Development Director

 

Amber Ferren

PJ Library Coordinator

 

Priya Chary

Marketing Communications Manager

 

Linda Sherman

Receptionist

 

L.C. Velasco

Administrative Assistant

 

Phil Zoltek

Facility Manager

 

Pat Pastorius

Facility Assistant

 

 

To contact the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples:
(239) 263-4205
info@jewishnaples.org
 
 
Sharon Hood, Editor of Federation Star
sharon@marketcrank.com
 
 
Ellen Weiss, Executive Director of TOP Jewish Foundation, a foundation department of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples
(813) 769-4785    
Ellen@topjewishfoundation.org
 
 
Independent Contractor:
Joy J. Walker, Director of Sales, Federation Star & Connections
(941) 284-0520   
walkerjoy62@yahoo.com

OFFICERS

 

Dr. Nathaniel Ritter

Board Chair

 

Robin Mintz
Marc Saperstein

Arlene Sobol

Vice Chairs

 

Rosalee Bogo

Secretary

 

Steve Strome

Treasurer

 

Jane Schiff

Immediate Past Chair

 

 

EMERITUS

 

Alvin Becker

Phyllis Seaman

 

 

PAST CHAIRS

 

Alvin Becker

Rosalee Bogo

Dr. William Ettinger

Gerald Flagel

Ann Jacobson (z"l)

Bobbie Katz

Judge Norman Krivosha (z''l)

Sheldon Starman

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Felicia Anchor

Frank Baum
Shelly Bell

Myra Benedikt
Mark Blasky

Patti Boochever

Harvey Cohen

Marcia Cohodes
Max Deifik

Cheryl Ginsburg

Mia Hyatt

Steve Iser

Larry Israelite

Tammy Katz

Elliot Lerner

Joel Pittelman

Michael Rubenstein

Anne Schuchman

Michael Sobol

Jay Weiss

Beth Wolff

 

 

 

SYNAGOGUE REPRESENTATIVES

 

Stan Alliker

Cantor Donna Azu

Rabbi Ariel Boxman

Rabbi Ammos Chorny

Charles Flum

Rabbi Mendy Greenberg

​Rabbi Mark Gross

Joseph Henson

Rabbi Howard Herman

Rabbi Adam Miller

Rabbi James Perman

Dr. Arthur Seigel

Len Teitelbaum

Rabbi Fishel Zaklos

OUR HOME

In 2023, we moved to our much larger home: The Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center. It was named after one of our most dynamic and beloved community members, Nina Iser, of blessed memory. We see the building as a thriving hub that brings all local Jewish community members - as well as the entire community - together. Thanks to the generous gifts of more than 850 donors, we were able to build this transformative building and now welcome more than 1,500 people per week in season! Your Federation gift helps fund ongoing building operations and Jewish programming here. We continue to be amazed and delighted how busy it is with a wide swath of community members participating in our incredible array of programs. If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to drop by! We are at 4720 Pine Ridge Road in Naples on the Steve Saks Campus, which is also home to Temple Shalom. 

 

TRANSPARENCY & ACCOUNTABILITY

We are rated a Four Star Charity, the highest rating for accountability and transparency, by Charity Navigator.

EIN:  59-2151725

 

To request a printed edition, please email: info@jewishnaples.org

Source of Funding

The Jewish Federation of Greater Naples’ financial resources come from multiple sources. In addition to the annual campaign, which is still the Federation’s main revenue source, increased funding comes from designated gifts - gifts designated by donors for a specific Federation related program or purpose or to be used by another local, national or overseas not-for-profit organization to meet its needs. Federation also generates income by selling advertising in our Federation Star, Connections Magazine, and through various sponsorships from businesses and individuals.

 

The Federation budget and ongoing financial operations are reviewed and approved by our Finance Committee, Operating Committee and Board of Directors. Federation’s financial statements are prepared and presented to the Board on a monthly basis and are audited annually by an independent CPA firm. Federation also files an annual tax return, IRS Form 990 - available for download - which provides details of our income, expenses and other financial activities, in accordance with IRS disclosure requirements.

 

The Federation is proud to be a fiscally responsible organization that has no debt, a healthy balance sheet, and generous donors who are committed to supporting our Jewish communities locally, nationally and globally.

COMMUNITY PROFILE

What does our Jewish community look like?

This question and many more were addressed by a comprehensive study that was conducted by Professor Matt Boxer from Brandeis University, through a Needs Assessment & Demographic Study.

Please thank our sponsor: The Schiff Family Fund of Herbert H. Schiff Foundation

ACCESSIBILITY

Our facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Schiff Hall features a hearing loop; people with hearing aids and cochlear implants with telecoil technology will have amplified sound sent directly to their devices when activated.

Please call us with any questions.