Federation Leaders Thrilled about Record Setting $5 Million Achievement 

Rina ChessinThe Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester is thrilled to announce that we have surpassed our $5,000,000 fundraising goal for 2018. A record setting $5,036,180 achievement is an 18% increase over last year’s fundraising effort. This is the first time the Federation, charged with securing a strong Jewish future in Rochester, Israel and worldwide, has topped the $5 million mark in a given fundraising year.


The lofty $5,000,000 goal was set in October when the fundraising season kicked off with several successful events, including the celebrated “An Evening with Andy Cohen”.  Volunteers and professionals carefully planned and worked together to achieve this goal in a multi-pronged fundraising approach. 


“We are thrilled to reach this historic milestone,” said campaign chair Eli N. Futerman. “I am so grateful to Federation president Rina Chessin for her leadership, to our board and to each and every donor to the campaign. It took every donation to make this dream a reality.” Futerman is Co-president and CEO of Hahn Automotive Warehouse, Inc. and Chessin is a local philanthropist.  


“Eli really hit the ground running when he took on the role as campaign chair and I couldn’t be more proud or impressed with his non-stop commitment to getting us over the $5 million mark,” Chessin said. “Together with Federation CEO Meredith Dragon, whose passion and drive since she came to us two years ago has been a huge motivating force, I am happy to say that we are very much moving in the right direction. This is history in the making.”


Federation fundraising is supported by individual donors who give both unrestricted and supplemental directed contributions. In addition, the Federation has a significant growing base of corporate sponsors.  All of these donations are the engine fueling the organization’s work in philanthropy, engagement, education and advocacy. The Federation is deeply grateful for all of the individuals and corporations who support their efforts.

Eli N. Futerman

The Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester is another philanthropic source with assets of over $45 million.  Foundation recently launched the LIFE & LEGACY program in Rochester which, in partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, unites 16 Rochester area Jewish institutions in a legacy building collaborative that is expected to bring millions of dollars of additional charitable commitments to the community.


“Increased fund raising allows us to make our Jewish community more vibrant and strong and to strengthen our partnerships in the Greater Rochester community,” Chessin added. “We work hard to contribute to interfaith initiatives, speak out against forms of discrimination, support literacy in Rochester City Schools and more.”


Flagship Federation initiatives include PJ Library, providing free Jewish-content books for children; Partnership2Gether with Modi’in, Israel; the Jewish Community Navigator, providing information and support for those with disabilities; the Center for Holocaust Awareness and Information (CHAI) and much more.