By Suzanne Holwitt
At the January 19 Federation Board meeting, the board voted to accept a recommendation from the Endowment Committee to award a one-time grant of $10,000 each to Temple Concord, Temple Israel, Beth David Synagogue and Chabad. This money would come from the Endowment Fund. These four institutions do not apply for, nor do they receive, allocations from Federation. But the Federation wanted to thank the members of the local community and each of these institutions for their continuing support of Federation over the years.
Michael Wright, chairman of the Endowment Committee, noted, “The members of the Endowment Committee recognize the very difficult and challenging times that every member of our community and all of our local institutions have been forced to confront and deal with over the last two years as a result of COVID, and we very much appreciate the continued strong support they have shown for our Federation. This was our way of giving back in a small, but meaningful, way to those institutions, which mean so much to our community, that do not receive an annual allocation from our Federation.” Wright also said he wanted to thank every member of the Federation Board of Directors for supporting and approving these grants.
Suzanne Holwitt is the president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton.