Moving Federation Forward

aka JFB   |   Lexington, KY   |


The mission of the Federation is to serve the Jewish people and its ideals locally, in Israel, and throughout the world. Through coordinated fundraising, community wide programming, social services, educational and other activities, the Federation seeks to: Build community; Provide assistance for those in need; Enhance Jewish identity; Develop effective Jewish leaders; Combat anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination; Foster an understanding of Jewish culture and religion.

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Mindy Haas

Main address

124 N Ashland Ave

Lexington, KY 40502 USA

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Formerly known as

Central Kentucky Jewish Federation, Inc.

Central Kentucky Jewish Association, Inc

Central Kentucky UJA & Federated Charities Allocation Board

Federated Jewish Charities of Lexington, Ky.

Spinoza Society



NTEE code info

Jewish (X30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Family Services (P40)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Social Services

Social Services thru JFB are primarily run by our Jewish Family Services (JFS) social worker and supporting volunteers. Direct services include, but are not limited to: need-based emergency financial aid; visitation, information and referral services for the sick and home-bound; youth scholarships for regional and local Jewish summer camps, as well as Israel peer-group educational travel and study-abroad programs; Jewish Family Life Education programs; and a monthly caregiver support group. All information and referral services, financial aid, and other individual services through our social worker are completely confidential.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people

JFB offers a variety of opportunities for children, families, and young adults. * PJ Library - Mails free, high-quality Jewish children's literature and music to families across the continent on a monthly basis. It is a Jewish family engagement program implemented in communities throughout North America. Locally we also coordinate regular family and parent-only events and programs.* Camp Shalom - A two week summer day camp in Lexington, KY. Our non-denominational program provides a comfortable setting for children from all streams of Judaism to come together and learn about Jewish culture, history, and identity regardless of their individual background or level of observance. Camp Shalom is open to youth ages 4 through 14. Now offering an overnight mini-session, as well. Camp Shalom will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2018. * Youth Groups and Teen Program Support -There are currently two youth groups in the community at Temple Adath Israel and Ohavay Zion Synagogue respectively. Jewish Federation supports the Jewish community's teens by providing assistance for youth group members to attend programs and conventions, as well as providing scholarships for teens to attend Jewish resident camps or participate in organized trips to Israel. Learn more about scholarships and camperships by contacting the office. * Young Bluegrass Jews (YBJ) - A group of local Jewish adults in their 20s and 30s getting together monthly for social events, volunteerism, and potluck Shabbat dinners. Contact Daniel Baker at [email protected] or find us on Facebook. * National Young Leadership (NYL) - Generosity in Action. Jewish Federations of North America is a network for meaningful philanthropy and hands-on volunteerism by translating Jewish values into social action on behalf of millions. National Young leadership gives you a place to explore your interests and make a difference in the world through your actions. Learn more at

Population(s) Served
Jewish people

Federation hosts several holiday and educational events throughout the year which are open to all. Locally, we bring scholars and guest lecturers from our own community to lead interesting workshops, discussions, or lectures relating to the year's theme. We always have at least one program for children and often have workshops relating to the arts, movement and meditation, or anything unique that can add to the day. One Book Jewish Lexington - The whole community is invited to read the same book with a Jewish theme and come together for a book discussion group. Yom HaShoah - In recent years, this community-wide Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration has been very well attended. We light memorial candles, have choir music, award local school children for essays written about the Holocaust, and also have roundtable discussions either about a film or about specific Holocaust related topics.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people

The Annual Campaign is the lifeblood of the Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass. With contributions from our generous donors, the Federation is able to serve our local Jewish community and provide programs and assistance to our sisters and brothers in Israel and in endangered Jewish communities throughout the world. From caring for our seniors to providing PJ Library books and Camp Shalom for our children, your campaign dollars help us celebrate Jewish life and care for those in need.There are many opportunities to get involved and give to Federation including:Annual Campaign events that include: Women's Philanthropy Legacy Giving, just to name a few.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people

Where we work


Outstanding Leadership during Operation Moses 1985

United Jewish Appeal

Taglit's 5 year anniversary award to outstanding sponsors 1999

Taglit Birthright Israel

President's Club Award 2001

State of Israel Bonds

25 Years of Service 2001

United Jewish Communities

Israel Emergency Campaign outstanding support 2002

United Jewish Communities

2002 Outstanding Achievement 2003

United Jewish Communities

2004 Sapir Award for Campaign Excellence 2005

United Jewish Communities

2007 Season Building Project (438 E. 4th St.) 2007

Habitat for Humanity

Hana's Suitcase project 2007

Lexington Children's Theatre

Outstanding support for Israel 2007

State of Israel Bonds

Appreciation for outstanding support 2008

Ben Yakir Youth Village

Outstanding Support 2009

Ben Yakir Youth Village

General assembly paricipation 2023

Jewish Federation of North America

Dementia Friendly Business 2024

Dementia Friendly

Affiliations & memberships

U.K. Nonprofit Leadership Initiative 2008

Kentucky Nonprofit Network 2023

Downtown Lexington Partnership 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of endowments

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Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Ensures the long-term sustainability of the organization's efforts in community engagement, support, leadership, and sustainability.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The organization has a comprehensive approach with four main pillars: Engage, Support, Lead, and Sustain. Each pillar serves a specific purpose and contributes to the overall goals of the organization.
Engage: This pillar focuses on involving the community through various activities such as events, programming, camps, and involvement with organizations like PJ Library, Young Bluegrass Jews, Camp Shalom, etc. It's about creating a vibrant and active community where members can connect, learn, and grow together.
Support: Here, the emphasis is on providing assistance and resources to individuals and initiatives, both within the Jewish community and beyond. This includes supporting organizations like Jewish Family Services (JFS), offering financial and time-based support to local, national, and international initiatives, and contributing to causes that align with the values of the organization, whether they're Jewish or non-Jewish.
Lead: Leadership is crucial for driving change and progress. This pillar involves taking a leading role in the community through representation, thought leadership, shaping school curriculum, and advocacy efforts. It's about being proactive in addressing issues, voicing concerns, and championing causes important to the community, both within the Jewish sphere and in broader contexts.
Sustain: Sustainability ensures the long-term viability and success of the organization. This pillar involves strategic planning to chart the future course of the organization, establishing funds like the Future of Jewish Lexington Endowment Fund, conducting fundraising campaigns to secure financial resources, and ensuring effective governance through a well-functioning board. Sustaining the organization ensures that it can continue to fulfill its mission and serve the community for years to come.

Each of these pillars plays a crucial role in achieving the organization's overarching goals, whether it's fostering community engagement, providing support to those in need, leading by example, or ensuring the organization's continued growth and impact.

To implement the goals outlined in each pillar, creating committees can be an effective strategy. Here's how you might structure your approach:
Events Committee: Responsible for planning and organizing community events, such as holiday celebrations, cultural festivals, and social gatherings.
Programming Committee: Designs and coordinates educational programs, workshops, and lectures to engage community members in learning and discussion.
Camps Committee: Oversees the planning and execution of summer camps, youth retreats, and other recreational activities to foster community bonds among children and teenagers.
PJ Library Committee: Manages the PJ Library program, including book selections, distribution, and related family activities.
Jewish Family Services (JFS) Committee: Works closely with JFS to identify community needs and coordinate support services for individuals and families facing challenges.
Giving Committee: Develops strategies for fundraising efforts, cultivates donor relationships, and allocates resources to local, national, and international initiatives aligned with the organization's mission.
Community Outreach Committee: Engages with local non-profit organizations and community groups to identify collaborative opportunities and support causes that benefit the wider community.
Representation and Thought Leadership Committee: Represent the organization in public forums, advocate for community interests, and foster relationships with local government, media, and other stakeholders.
School Curriculum Committee: Collaborates with educational institutions to integrate Jewish cultural and historical content into school curricula and extracurricular activities.
Advocacy Committee: Identifies key issues impacting the community and develops advocacy campaigns to promote positive change at local, state, and national levels.
Strategic Planning Committee: Guides the development and implementation of long-term strategic plans to ensure the organization's growth, stability, and adaptability to changing needs.
Future of Jewish Lexington Endowment Committee: Manages endowment funds and investment strategies to secure the organization's financial future and support key initiatives.
Each committee would have its chairperson or co-chairs, as well as members with relevant expertise and passion for the respective areas. Regular meetings, clear goals, and accountability mechanisms would help drive progress and ensure alignment with the organization's overall mission and objectives.

The organization has a diverse and committed base, comprised of individuals with a wide range of skills, experiences, and connections within the community. It also likely has access to financial resources through fundraising efforts, grants, and donations. Additionally, the organization may have established relationships with other community organizations, educational institutions, and government bodies, providing valuable networks and opportunities for collaboration. Furthermore, the organization likely has a dedicated leadership team and support staff who can provide guidance, coordination, and logistical support for various initiatives. Overall, these capabilities enable the organization to effectively implement its strategies and achieve its goals across the pillars of engagement, support, leadership, and sustainability.

So far, the organization has successfully implemented various community engagement events, educational programs, and support services. It has fostered a sense of belonging and connection among members, supported individuals and families in need through initiatives like the Jewish Family Services program, and taken a leadership role in advocating for community interests and values.
Next, the organization aims to expand its impact by further diversifying its programming, increasing support for local and international initiatives, amplifying its advocacy efforts, and ensuring long-term sustainability through strategic planning and fundraising. It will continue to innovate and adapt to meet the evolving needs of the community while remaining steadfast in its commitment to its mission and values.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time



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Board of directors
as of 03/28/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Angie Ornstein

Aaron Rothke

Ken Slepyan

Evelyn Block

Bruce Broudy

Fran Mandel

Seth Salomon

Josh Shapiro

Adam Parritz

Aaron-Ann Cole-Funfsinn

Ricki Rosenberg

Jana Brooking

Mimi Kaufman

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/27/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/27/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.