Federation to welcome grandson of 1st Israeli Prime Minister to Nov. 9th Campaign Kickoff


By Jewish Federation of Jacksonville


The Jewish Federation of Jacksonville’s 2018 Annual Campaign will officially kickoff on Thursday, Nov. 9th as the Jewish community welcomes a very special guest to Jacksonville.


Alon Ben Gurion, the grandson of Israel’s founder and first prime minister, David Ben Gurion, will be spending the evening at Etz Chaim Synagogue, giving his talk, ‘From Vision to Independence: The Creation of the State of Israel’. Join friends and community members for this extraordinary talk as Ben Gurion shares, in a very candid and heartfelt way, first-hand stories and never-before heard testimonials from his family, while  giving insight into his grandfather’s legacy.


The evening’s festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m., with a dessert reception, followed by the program. This year, the Campaign Kickoff is hosted by Iris Kraemer, Federation campaign chair; Debbie Banks-Kitay, Women’s Division Campaign Chair and Haley Trager, rGEN Campaign Chair. In lieu of a ticket price, guests are required to contribute to the Annual Campaign, which allocates money each year to local Jewish agencies including the JCA, JFCS, River Garden, Jewish Community Foundation, Martin J Gottlieb Day School and Torah Academy of Jacksonville. Additionally, this campaign supports Jacksonville’s local synagogues and Federation’s major overseas partners: the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), serving more than 70 countries world-wide.


In addition to Ben Gurion’s talk, the campaign kickoff will also honor two very special people from the Jacksonville Jewish community, as each year, Federation recognizes local individuals who have exemplified outstanding leadership, philanthropic service and social service involvement in a multitude of ways throughout our community. This year, Federation honors former President Hal Resnick of blessed memory with the Joe P. Safer Community Service Award and current Federation board member Haley Trager with the Ilene Sari Selevan Young Leadership Award.


Kindly RSVP for the Campaign Kickoff by going to jewishjacksonville.org/2018fedkickoff or by calling 904-448-5000, ext. 1201. At the time of registration, if you have not yet made a gift to the campaign, you will be asked to do so at that time. For more information about the kickoff event, or how to contribute to the Annual Campaign, contact Erin Cohen at 904-448-5000, ext. 1205 or erinc@jewishjacksonville.org.

Hal Resnick
Joe P. Safer Community Service Award
The former Federation president’s memory will be honored posthumously Nov. 9th, as his wife Barbara accepts the Joe P. Safer Community Service Award on his behalf. Resnick was also a past president at JFCS and all of his contributions to the Jewish community and Jacksonville as a whole could fill an entire edition of the newspaper because his presence is still felt daily by the lives he touched.

Haley Trager
Irene Sari Selevan Young Leadership Award

Trager in a very short time with her involvement with Federation has already attended the International Lion of Judah Conference, the General Assembly, the Campaign Worker’s Mission to Israel and is now our newest member of the JFNA National Young Leadership Cabinet. This, in addition to the many, many volunteer roles she has taken on locally, make her a very worthy recipient of this Irene Sari Selevan Young Leadership Award.