We are grateful to the 40 generous community members who already invested in the future of our Jewish community by making a three-year increasing commitment. We asked some of our donors what Jewish community means to them and why they joined the Gimel Society. 

Jason Divine says that initially as a young adult, he didn’t think federated giving was important. If anything, he thought it took away from the agencies he supports. His change of heart came with participation in the Harry Kay Leadership Institute (HKLI). “All of our community agencies are part of one ecosystem, and if any single one fails, the entire system suffers,” said Jason. “I learned that Federation makes sure that all of our community agencies get access to the funds they need, not just the one or two I’m involved in.”  After witnessing the impact Federation dollars have overseas during an HKLI trip to Hungary, Jason said that it’s also important to him that his gift supports international Jewish needs. “I don’t know a better way to make sure the Joint Distribution Committee and Jewish Agency for Israel are funded,” he added. Jason made a Gimel Society three-year increasing commitment because it facilitates long-term planning for agency allocations. He also likes the idea that his commitment may influence others to do the same. “If we want to make sure as a people that Jewish organizations thrive, we have to make it a significant portion of our giving.” Photo: Jason Divine, Federation Board Member

Marni Tselos: I believe in the concept in Judaism that you accept help from others when you are in need, and when you are in a position to give a helping hand, it is your turn to do so. This cyclical pattern is so important. My husband Alex and I feel that making a three-year commitment helps solidify our opportunity to do a mitzvah for the next years and know that our dollars are being spent in meaningful ways. Federation has great plans for the future that can come to fruition with the ability to plan based on future funding. As our community grows and changes, we are glad to ensure that initiatives we value such as kosher meals on wheels, programs to engage people in our community, and our shlichut program continue. All of these hold a dear place in our hearts and are vital to a Jewish community.

Photo: Marni Tselos, Federation President-Elect

Ari and Rachel Parritz: As members of the community with a long history living, working and participating, it is important to us to give back and help our community grow for our children and future generations. We met in Israel on Nativ, and opportunities to strengthen young people’s connection to Israel is something we are excited about. We also both grew up in the Jewish day school system and plan on the same for our children. We were glad to join the Gimel Society and make a three-year increasing commitment to this community. Whether you are a for-profit or non-profit organization, the ability to forecast effectively for one, two or three years out is beneficial. It’s better for Federation, for the agencies that receive funding and for people who receive services. As a young family, our hope is that our Jewish community grows and reflects all members, and we continue to strengthen the organizations that help make St. Paul a great place to live.

Photo: Ari and Rachel Parritz with children Hannah (2) and Ella ( 2 mos.)  © 2021 Sofya Barth

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Invest in a vibrant, inclusive and caring community that benefits all of its members. To learn more, contact Dan Mogelson at dmogelson@stpaulfed.org or 651.695.3195.