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Officers & Board


2022 Federation Officers

President – Sheldon Yellen
Vice President – Rise’ P. Kulick
Treasurer – Marjorie Bryen
Secretary – Ellen Weiss
2022 Campaign Chair – Gil Wolfe
2022 Women’s Philanthropy Chair – Joanne Shatkin

Elected Governors

Corey Auerbach
Jordan Balsom
Jeffrey Blum
Hadar Borden
Marc Brown
Iris Danziger
Kenneth Dauber
Brenda Feldstein
Hon. Brenda Freedman
Deborah Goldman
Jake Katz
Merredith Levin
Nina Lukin
Marina Maulucci-Finkelstein
Ellen Niles
Ezra Rich
Dr. Laurie Sadler
Harvey Sanders
Kenneth Shuman
Cheryl Stein
Amélida Ortiz Weinmann
Laura Wexler
Gil Wolfe

Agency Governors

Rabbi Sara Rich, Buffalo Board of Rabbis & Cantors
Jonathan Schechter, Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies
Marc Adler, Hillel of Buffalo
Wendy Weisbrot, Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo
Alon Kupferman, Jewish Community Center
Blaine Schwartz, Jewish Family Services of WNY
Charlotte Gendler, Jewish Federation Cemetery Corp.
Brenda Feldstein, LiNK Jewish Buffalo
Sonia Gellman Young, Ohr Temimim
Kenneth Rogers, Weinberg Campus

Past Presidents

Leslie Shuman Kramer, Immediate Past President, 2018-20
Steven J. Weiss, 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