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President David L. Herman Vice Presidents Steven R. Aaron Edward Finkelstein Mark E. Maisel Michael A. Wishnow Treasurer Steven J. Markowitz Secretary Marilynn R. Kanenson

3301 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110-1436 Phone: (717) 236-9555 FAX: (1st flr) (717) 236-8104 FAX: (2nd flr) (717) 236-0965 website:

To The Harrisburg Jewish Community: When I was installed as the President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg almost two years ago, the outgoing President Richard Abrams spoke about the budgetary constraints facing the Federation. He referenced his recent letter to the community apprising all of us of the critical financial situation that we faced. That letter pointed out the steady deterioration of the amounts raised from the annual campaign. In 2008­2009, we raised $1.495 million; in 2009-2010, $1.451 million; in 2010-2011, $1.218. The current 2011-2012 campaign is budgeted to raise $1.150 million. For the last two years the Campaign has been guided by the leadership team of Marilynn Abrams, Marcia Cohen, Julie Halbert, and Neysa Maisel and staffed by Francine Feinerman, Beth Romano, and Jay Steinberg. In each of these years, these people created a case for giving and took that case in person to all of the community organizations and synagogues. This year the case for giving emphasized the absolute necessity that the Campaign raises enough to close the gap between operating revenues and expenses for the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg. Closing that gap will require raising $1.5 million, or about $350,000 more than we believe we are likely to raise. The Campaign continues to decrease because of the death and/or departures from the community of a number of our major donors; some significant reductions in the gifts of some other major donors due to the uncertain economy; the inability or unwillingness of others to help to fill the gap that has been created; and the reduction in the total number of gifts to the Annual Campaign. Sadly, this is not a trend unique to Harrisburg. Just last month, the Jewish Federation of Greater Clifton-Passaic in New Jersey was forced to close its JCC because of similar issues. The continued decline of the Annual Campaign coupled with increases in operating costs have forced us to make some very difficult decisions in the form of significant reductions to the Federation's operating budget. At its meeting on Tuesday, July 5th, the Federation's Board of Trustees passed a budget that makes significant changes in personnel, programs and facilities. Among these reductions are: providing for no staff raises; eliminating one staff position and reducing three others; eliminating our overseas allocation; eliminating the drama program at the JCC; reducing our allocation to constituent agencies; and mothballing the Green Hills pool for next summer and moving our camp program back to the JCC building.

Immediate Past President Richard E. Abrams Campaign Chairperson Marilynn R. Abrams Trustees William L. Adler Michael Aves Mandy L. Cheskis Daniel Clearfield Julie B. Halbert Carol Hoffman Devon Jacob Andrea Merwin Lieber Bryan Reid Jennifer Ross Steven B. Roth David J. Schertz Michelle Sharp Lee M. Siegel Keith Welks Presidential Appointees Martin R. Brill Jennifer S. Rubin Chief Executive Officer Jay W. Steinberg

Past Presidents Richard E. Abrams Nancy C. Aronson Raphael Aronson Leonard N. Berman Ted Bernstein Lory L. Brenner Albert I. Bryant Sanford E. Cohen Harvey Freedenberg Donald B. Freedman Harris Freedman Marc E. Gaynes Herman L. Gordon Gerald A. Gorelick Alexander Grass S. Robert Grass Ronald Isaacman Marilynn R. Kanenson William L. Kanenson Jay N. Maisel Audrey Feinman Miner Allan S. Noddle Maurice Raffel Norman Rosen Lenora D. Rosenberg Morris Schwab Morton Spector Herbert B. Stein Bruce J. Warshawsky Mervin G. Woolf Of blessed memory

Jewish Community Centers Association Jewish Community Foundation of Central Pennsylvania Jewish Family Service of Greater Harrisburg, Inc. Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg The Jewish Federations of North America The Rabbi David L. Silver Yeshiva Academy United Way of the Capital Region

These changes show clearly that the Federation is at a crossroads and that it is apparent that we can no longer afford to sustain the way we have been operating for the long-term. Even with these changes, which many will consider extreme, whether we will be able to continue operating in our Jewish Community Center remains to be seen. Quite frankly, this saddens me. Like many, I love seeing the camp buses pull into our parking lot every summer with our happy, exhausted children. I love seeing the older generation of Jewish Harrisburg enjoying lunch and a program in the Mary Sachs Auditorium. And I share in your pride as the next generation of committed Harrisburg Jewish young adults come to the JCC on Sunday evenings for Hebrew High. We all agree that we need to find a way to keep the Federation strong so it can continue to offer these programs...the question is, "how do we do it?" The recent strategic planning process we completed as a community confirmed that we need a new paradigm in order to ensure our sustainability. To develop this paradigm, we have formed an ad hoc committee to examine current Federation operations and programs and create a new model to address today's challenges in an effort to determine and structure the Federation's sustainability. That committee, chaired by Sandy Cohen, includes Marilynn Abrams, Richard Abrams, Leon Feinerman, Harvey Freedenberg, Davy Goldsmith, Mike Greenwald, Julie Halbert, David Herman, Larry Kluger, Jennifer Ross, David Schertz, Dan Schwab, and Jay Steinberg. The committee will deliver its findings and recommendations during the Federation's Annual Meeting on Tuesday, September 20, 2011. Please join us that evening to hear those recommendations. Our 2011-2012 Annual Campaign is still in progress. If you have already made your pledge, thank you. If you are able to increase your gift or if you have not contributed to the Annual Campaign, we welcome your contribution. If you would like to make a designated gift to fund any of the reductions necessitated by our financial situation, please contact Jay Steinberg or me. Although we face challenging times ahead, I remain optimistic that through "The Power of Community"--all of us working together, our long-term viability can be assured. Thank you. Sincerely,

David L. Herman President


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