JELF Alumni fueling the future We go further when you give back.

In 2024, JELF has been offered another matching grant opportunity! This grant will match all new or increased donations from former recipients dollar-for-dollar. In 2023, JELF achieved its goal and significantly boosted alumni giving!  Please join us to give back to JELF in 2024.

Alumni Dollars Raised
in 2023

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Proud Alumni Donors

Each of the alumni on the list below has given permission for their name to be included on this list. We hope to inspire YOU to add your name!

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Ilana Lind, Proud JELF Alum, shares her message of impact

Thank you JELF Alumni

The following alumni have made a donation to JELF in 2023.

Explore our alumni network across the country. Whether you reside in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Virginia - or in the DC area, Northeast, West Coast, Midwest, or any other area, connect with fellow alumni by checking out the list below.



Nicolas Apfelbaum - Port St. Lucie, FL

Valerie Azar - Aventura, FL

Lauren Bernstein - Miami, FL

Usher Bryn - Hollywood, FL

Judy Cowan - Miami, FL

Michael Friedman - Tampa, FL

Lisa Harris - Safety Harbor, FL

Michael Jalazo - St. Petersburg, FL

Lisa Kohring - West Palm Beach, FL

Ron Krudo - Boca Raton, FL

Lee Lipton - Sarasota, FL

Daniel Lopez - Winter Park, FL

Kari Menachem - Hollywood, FL

Daniel Miller - Jacksonville, FL

Eitan Ovadia - Boca Raton, FL

Mitchell Rachman - W. Palm Beach, FL

Jamie Raider - Pompano Beach, FL

Michael Rainerman - W. Palm Beach, FL

Jonathan E. Schwartz - Jacksonville, FL


Marcey Alter - Atlanta, GA

Harold Berger - Atlanta, GA

Lura Blumenfeld - Atlanta, GA

Hannah Boresow - Atlanta, GA

Lynne Borsuk - Decatur, GA

Dr. Kerri Bresnan - Evans, GA

Shira Colsky - Smyrna, GA

Ilana Danneman - Atlanta, GA

Sandy Epstein - Atlanta, GA

Mira Freedman - Atlanta, GA

Alexander Goldberg - Tucker, GA

Elizabeth Goldberg - Atlanta, GA

Randy Gorod - Atlanta, GA

Jodi Greenberg - Atlanta, GA

Scott Grubman - Atlanta, GA

Dr. Mark Haber - Atlanta, GA

Ed Hyken - Atlanta, GA

Walter Jospin - Atlanta, GA

Stuart Langer - Decatur, GA

Ilana Lind - Marietta, GA

Heather Low - Atlanta, GA

Sheryl Rechtman - Dunwoody, GA

Rob Rickles - Alpharetta, GA

Ross Rickoff - Atlanta, GA

Jeffrey Rosenberg - Dunwoody, GA

Bert Rosenthal - Marietta, GA

Craig Rubin - Roswell, GA

Philip Rubin - Atlanta, GA

Jane Sandler - Alpharetta, GA

Dr. Matthew Schmerer - Atlanta, GA

Irene Shtrulis - Atlanta, GA

David Siegel - Atlanta, GA

Tomer Tishgarten - Cumming, GA

Dr. Steve Waronker - Marietta, GA

Dr. Judy Wolman - Atlanta, GA

North Carolina:

Rachel Braynin - Apex, NC

Brittany Pais - Raleigh, NC

Ory Warshenbrot - Apex, NC

south carolina:

Joshua Baker - Charleston, SC

Cindy Brams - Charleston, SC

Dr. Evaline Delson - Charleston, SC

Elyse Kahn Sexton - Columbia, SC

Tamar Sternfeld - Charleston, SC

Richard Weintraub - Mt. Pleasant, SC


Elliot Fitzgerald - Richmond, VA

Lisa R. Hessberg - Glen Allen, VA

Lonnie Paster - Glen Allen, VA

Samantha Winkelmann Lefkowitz - Henrico, VA


Lori Barrish - Oceanside, NY

Marisa Cohen - West Orange, NJ

Daniel Davidson - Philadelphia, PA

Aaron Duncan - East Hampton, NY

Gene Goldmintz - New York, NY

Missy Goldstein Gleisser - Lemont, PA

Maria & Alex Gurevich - Chestnut Hill, MA

Claudia Harris - Boston, MA

Samuel Kerbel - New York, NY

Dr. Adam Kressel - New York, NY

Dr. Andrew Littman - Newton Centre, MA

Susan Pfeffer - Ridgefield, CT

Rian Pressman - New York, NY

Dr. Michael Schoor - Framingham, MA

Michael Shane - Brooklyn, NY

Beth Starr, New York, NY

west coast:

Ilanna Bavli - Calabasas, CA

Elisabeth Blum - Livermore, CA

Shaayna Elrod - Phoenix, AZ

Guy Lev - Golden, CO

Michael LeWinter - Phoenix, AZ

Julia Reisman - Oakland, CA

Jason Sampson - Mountain View, CA

dc / maryland:

Leon Bochkis - Potomac, MD

Dana Glazer - Bethesda, MD

Bryan Grossman - Washington, D.C.

Karen Hasson - Fairfax, VA


Evan Remer - Columbus, OH

Megan Williamson - Wheaton, IL


Ricky Fine - Memphis, TN

Julee Snitzer Levine - Cordova, TN

Dr. David Roffwarg - Nashville, TN

Shelly Tyler - Marrero, LA

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    Since 1961 JELF has loaned
    to 6,646 students.
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    Children of the Hebrew Orphans’ Home going on a field trip
to the Loew’s Grand Theatre in Atlanta, circa 1928.
    Children of the Hebrew Orphans’ Home going on a field trip to the Loew’s Grand Theatre in Atlanta, circa 1928.
    Hebrew Orphans' Home, 478 Washington Street, Atlanta, 1889 - 1930. This building was sold in the 1970's and later demolished.
    Hebrew Orphans' Home, 478 Washington Street, Atlanta, 1889 - 1930. This building was sold in the 1970's and later demolished.
    Al Garber,
Hebrew Orphans' Home Resident; Board Chair 1965-1967
    Al Garber, Hebrew Orphans' Home Resident; Board Chair 1965-1967

    25 Partner Agencies

    110 Volunteers

    170 Universities Last Year


    Bringing it Full Circle!

    Since 2014, JELF has seen a 150% increase in Alumni giving! We continue to add more JELFies to our Full Circle Society each year.

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    Recipients active in Jewish Community

    1,075 Full Circle Members

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    150% Alumni Giving Increase

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    26% Full Circle Percentage

    $100K Full Circle Donations

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    Many JELF loan recipients are vital members of the JELF community – in turn, helping future Jewish students in need

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    $813K repaid last year.

    This is one of the main ways our fund for new loans is replenished

    JELF Alumni Leadership

    16% of current JELF Board members are either former recipients themselves or have a close family member who was a JELF recipient!

    Volunteering to Lend a Hand

    Each year scores of volunteers from around JELF's five-state region personally review each loan applications

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    Tomer T.

    "There was a low point in my life where I couldn't feed myself. JELF provided me with the funds to be able to pay for basic life necessities. That's why it's so important to me as a donor to give back to JELF"