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Jeri Moskovitz Joins Federation to Help Memphis Celebrate Israel at 75

by Steven Holman-

Memphis Jewish Federation is excited to announce the hiring of Jeri Moskovitz as Israel@75 Coordinator to lead its upcoming, months-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of Israel’s independence.

Within the September 2022 – June 2023 window, Jeri will collaborate with Memphis Jewish organizations, synagogues, schools, and the greater Memphis community to coordinate and market Israel programming showcasing Israel’s historic achievements and dynamic and diverse society.

Growing up in the small Jewish community of Augusta, Georgia, Jeri’s parents helped instill their love of Israel in Jeri by sending her to Israel when she was 15 years old on a BBYO-sponsored trip. Years later, she visited Israel on a Memphis Jewish Federation Mission trip in 2008. To this day, she is fascinated by this small country’s achievements in science and technology, education, music, cuisine, and so much more.

In her new role, Jeri will conceive and launch meaningful Israel-centric events and initiatives throughout the nine-month celebration. She’ll work with Federation staff, lay leaders, agency professionals and community members to design exciting and innovative social, cultural, and educational programs that energize relationships with Israel across our community. The celebration will culminate with a show-stopper signature event for the community-wide celebration of Israel, a project that plays to her unique skill set. She will also collaborate with Memphis’ partner city of Shoham, to create a joint project to mark this critical milestone.

“My husband Mitch will tell you that my mind is always ON,” said Jeri. “I am constantly coming up with new ideas and creative programming for the organizations with whom I work. I am excited that this opportunity became available, to allow me to do something that I already have been doing for years in my committee work throughout the community. I appreciate bringing events to fruition and seeing people enjoy being together around a common cause.”

A perfect fit for the new role, Jeri has experience working for the Memphis Jewish community as a volunteer and leader, and she has a deep resume in community event planning and execution. She has served on Memphis Jewish Federation’s Board and Community Grants Committee, while also contributing to various committees and subordinate boards along the way. She is currently on the Executive Board of Bornblum Jewish Day School and is the incoming President of the Memphis Jewish Home and Rehab. She’s also been involved as a volunteer in city government, working on Mayor Jim Strickland’s first campaign and now serving on the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Center City Revenue Finance Corporation.

“I feel a strong connection through the convergence of my interests and my passion for event planning. Some of my favorite events that I helped plan were Federation’s Chopped cooking competition event in 2014, Bornblum’s (then Solomon Schechter) memorable Dancing with the Stars, and Jewish Family Service’s This is Where I Leave You Movie Night fundraiser before the organization bore the Fogelman name. I also love continuing to plan the successful Morris and Mollye Fogelman International Jewish Film Festival annually,” said Jeri.

“We are thrilled that Jeri will be leading our banner Israel@75 celebration” said Bluma Zuckerbrot-Finkelstein, Executive Vice President of Memphis Jewish Federation. “Her passion, energy, and creativity will surely enhance our community’s efforts to mark this significant milestone in history and Jewish life.”

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