Security continued to be on everybody's minds this past week. There was another round of bomb threats to Jewish community centers around the country but, thankfully, not in Orlando.
If you visited the Maitland Jewish Community Campus this week, you probably saw (and heard) a lot of work going on around the buildings and in other areas of the campus. We are confident these security upgrades will make our campus even safer for all to enjoy.
The recently launched campus security fundraising appeal has had a robust response from the community, and we are all grateful for your generosity. If you haven't contributed yet, please do so at www.jfgo.org/security.
On Sunday morning, Jerry Silverman, President and CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), and Steven Silverman, past Treasurer of JFNA, visited the Maitland campus and met with Federation and JCC leadership to discuss recent events. In difficult times, whether it's personal or organizational, it's good to know that you are not alone. The visit by top JFNA leaders came at the right time.
JFNA, our umbrella organization, provides valuable support to federations around the country in marketing, fundraising, missions to Israel, government relations, staff development and other areas.
It was also heartening to receive letters of support and encouragement from the general community. One of the letters was from the head of security at Orangewood Christian School, whom I met last year. We also received a letter from the chairman of the America Muslim Community Centers offering his support and prayers.
Thursday morning, Federation convened a community security briefing attended by four off-campus agency and five local synagogue representatives. The briefing was conducted by our new campus security director, who offered his advice on what measures an organization needs to take in order to be safe and secure in today's environment.
Choices ... Six days away!
And of course, there's great anticipation of the upcoming Choices 2017 on Feb. 9. We have already registered about 400 women, and more than 100 of them will be attending Choices for the first time! We are excited about welcoming these women to be a part of this extraordinary Federation Women's Philanthropy event, and we hope that Choices becomes an annual tradition for them.
Ladies, you still have time to sign up! Just visit the Federation's special Choices web page for all the details.
Thank you and Shabbat Shalom,