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Officers & Board


2019 Federation Officers

President – Leslie Shuman Kramer
Vice President – Marjorie Bryen
Vice President – Blaine S. Schwartz
Treasurer – Sheldon Yellen
Secretary – Andrew J. Shaevel
2019 Campaign Co-Chairs – Stephen Yonaty, Kim Yonaty

Elected Governors

Jessica Altman
Dr. Harvey Arbesman
Steven Awner
Jordan Balsom
Hadar Borden
Jeffrey Blum
Iris Danziger
Hon. Brenda Freedman
Jake Katz
James Kramer
Risé Kulick
Nina Lukin
Marina Maulucci-Finkelstein
Sheri Rodman
Dr. Laurie Sadler
Harvey Sanders
Joanne Shatkin
Kenneth Shuman
Cheryl Stein
Dr. Gil Wolfe

Agency Governors

Ellen Weiss, Center for Jewish Engagement and Learning
Raymond Fink, Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies
Jeffrey Lackner, Hillel of Buffalo
Susan Freed-Oestreicher, Jewish Community Center
Shawn Frier, Jewish Federation Apartments
Jonathan Gellman, Ohr Temimim
Charlotte Gendler, Jewish Federation Cemetery Corp.
Susan Freed-Oestreicher, Jewish Community Center
Kenneth Rogers, Weinberg Campus
Jonathan Epstein, Kadimah Academy
Rabbi Jonathan Freirich, Buffalo Board of Rabbis & Cantors
Blaine Schwartz, Jewish Family Service
Rachel Kranitz McPhee, Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo

Past Presidents

Steven J. Weiss, Immediate Past President, 2016-18
Howard S. Rosenhoch, 2014-16
David H. Desmon, 2012-14
Holly W. Levy, 2010-12
Gary Greenfield, 2008-10
Arthur A. Glick*, 2006-08
Dr. Kevin B. Kulick*, 2004-06
Dr. Howard Benatovich, 2002-04
Janet R. Desmon, 2000-02
Jordan Levy, 1998-2000
Irving M. Shuman*, 1996-98
Martin E. Trossman*, 1994-96
Nathan Benderson*, 1992-94
Richard Ament, M.D*., 1990-92
Stuart G. Lerman, 1988-90
Joel N. Lippman*, 1986-88
Ann H. Cohn*, 1984-86
Gordon Gross*, 1983-84
Gail C. Kaplan*, 1981-82
Leonard Rochwarger*, 1979-80
Morris Himmel*, 1977-78
Donald Day*, 1975-76
Samuel J. Weinstein*, 1974
J. Milton Zeckhauser*, 1972-73
Ruth Kahn Stovroff*, 1970-71
Robert Hayman*, 1968-69
Louis Bunis*, 1965-67
Irving Levick*, 1964-65
Joseph Desmon*, 1962-64
Arthur Victor, Jr.*, 1961
Hon. David Diamond*, 1959-61
Alfred M. Saperston*, 1958
Victor Wagner*, 1956-58
Arthur Victor, Jr.*, 1954-56
Joseph Markel,*, 1952-54
Stanley Falk*, 1950-52
Howard T. Saperston*, 1948-50
Edward H. Kavinoky*, 1946-48
Maurice Tabor*, 1944-46
Harry J. Lehman*, 1930
Dr. Lester I. Levyn*, 1927-30
Charles Polakoff*, 1926
Hon. Samuel J. Harris*, 1922-26
Emanuel Boasberg*, 1921
Eugene Warner*, 1919-21
Theodore Hofeller*, 1916-19
Isaac Harris*, 1913-16
Solomon Ginsberg*, 1911-13
Henry Weill*, 1909-11
Julius Saperston*, 1903-09

*Deceased