What is the Jewish Foundation?


The Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida is the result of the January 1, 2018 merger of Federation with the former Jewish Community Foundation of Northeast Florida. The Jewish Foundation continues the great work of nurturing partnerships between our major Jacksonville area synagogues and Jewish agencies. It exists to provide charitable gift planning services to our partners and interested members of our community. Above all, it protects the financial interests of our partners and strives to ensure that the intent of all donors who wish to support Jewish organizations is always honored. The Jewish Foundation exists to develop the permanent funds necessary to meet the growing needs of our immediate Jewish community and to secure Jewish tomorrows.


How we make a difference


Our work is about continuing the important Jewish tradition of Tzedakah, giving to those in need; to our older adults, to Jewish education, to our children and their children, for many years to come. For more than two decades, families in Jacksonville have been carefully curating their legacies and we are honored to be part of their stories.


Helping to craft each family’s vision for a Jewish tomorrow is a joy and we remain committed to helping our donors perpetuate a living legacy of caring that will last beyond their lifetime and inspire from generation to generation.


Foundation Advisory Board


Steve Silverman, Chair & Past President of the Jewish Community Foundation Board of Directors

Scot Ackerman, MD

Michael DuBow

Jeff Edwards

Mel Gottlieb

Mark Green

Brent Trager



Investment Oversight


Sanford Zimmerman, Chair & Past Board Member Jewish Community Foundation

Andy Cantor

David Furfine

Barbara Jaffe

Jimmy Jaffa

Mark Kraus

Jennifer Plotkin


Ways to get involved


1. Open a Donor Advised Fund and organize your philanthropic giving. Learn more here: Donor Advised Fund Fact Sheet

2. Start a conversation about your Jewish legacy. 

3. Join the Professional Advisory Group - we welcome all professionals in the legal, insurance or financial fields

4. Teach your children about tzedakah - open a B'nai Tzedek Young Philanthropy Fund


For more information

Contact: Kellie Smith - Director, Foundation
Email: kelliek@jewishjacksonville.org
Phone: 904-512-3796