2016-2017 Board of Directors
We value our board members, who give generously of their time and resources to serve the Jewish community of Howard County and help the Federation to achieve its mission.
LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT
August 16, 2016
It is my great privilege to be addressing the Howard County Jewish Community as your newly elected President. In this role, I plan to help improve the impact of our Federation while working closely with our Howard County synagogues and other Jewish organizations. The first 45 days of my “term” have been extraordinarily busy as the board and staff have been actively planning our schedule for 2016-2017. We are faced with many changes, including new board leadership, new board members, and the departure of our Executive Director last month. We are also poised for tremendous growth within Howard County as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of Columbia this coming year. Jewish life will be increasingly more vibrant, and the needs of the community will require expanded support from the Federation and our generous donors.
During the last two years, we accomplished a great deal. We implemented our reconstituted board of directors’ structure, including the creation of the Community Relationship Council (CRC). We created new programming and engagement with young adults and young families through our oxyGen and PJ Library programs. We have expanded our Women’s Division activities and are thrilled that our Shlicha, Hadar, has agreed to stay on another year to help create fresh and exciting Israel education programs and outreach. We supported community-wide programs such as Global Day of Jewish Learning, the Great Challah Bake, and Yom Hashoah. We graduated our fourth class of jLeads, a uniquely Jewish leadership program to grow young adult Jewish leadership within Howard County.
We have also made some difficult choices about how best to manage our resources over the past two years. The board has deliberated about the most effective ways to serve the Howard County Jewish community, the State of Israel, and Jews throughout the world while experiencing a declining annual campaign. Forced with many hard choices, one challenging decision we have made is to delay replacing our Executive Director while we explore alternative methods of supporting our core values. Many of you have already reached out to me, the staff, or other board members to share your thoughts about the role of the Jewish Federation of Howard County, and I encourage you to continue to share your ideas with the members of the board and/or the staff. We would like to do more in support of our community and look to you, our donors, to enable us to do that.
The passing of the leadership mantle from our immediate Past President, Richard Schreibstein, to me has caused me to think about another significant Jewish leadership change – that of Moses to Joshua when leading the Jewish people out of Egypt and into Israel. In Joshua 1:2, Joshua is instructed by G-d, “…Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.” And in verse 16, after Joshua addresses the community, they respond, “All that thou has commanded us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us we will go.” I hope I can count on very member of our Jewish community to join the Federation staff and board in serving the needs of our community and enriching Jewish life in Howard County, in Israel, and overseas.
Beth Millstein - President
Elliot A. Shefrin - Vice President - Operations
Cary Millstein- Vice President - Campaign
Rachael Simon- Vice President - Programming
Joseph R. Caplan - Treasurer
Jeffrey Gold - Secretary
Robert S. Cahn - Assistant Secretary
Richard B. Schreibstein - Immediate Past President
Betsy Singer Marcus
Hedy E. Tanenholtz
Dr. Gary L. Weinberg
Board of Rabbis – Rabbi Seth Bernstein