Linda A. Hurwitz Nominated for National Campaign Chair February 22, 2013
The Jewish Federations of North America has nominated Linda A. Hurwitz of Baltimore as National Campaign chair for 2013-2014. In this role, Hurwitz will lead and inspire fundraising efforts for Jewish Federations across North America. The JFNA Board of Trustees will vote to approve Hurwitz’s nomination on June 3.
A passionate advocate for the Jewish community and a veteran fundraiser, Hurwitz has extensive leadership experience at Jewish Federations and in the greater philanthropic world.
“Campaign has always been my passion,” said Hurwitz, who became involved with Federation work while in her 20s, and has taken on increasing levels of responsibility since. “It’s not about the money, but about what the money does. There is so much positive action that happens because of the safety net Jewish Federations provide, and the infrastructure of agencies and programs that we support.”
Hurwitz has served in a variety of Federation leadership roles on the national level, as well as within her home community of Baltimore. Most recently, she co-chaired the 2012 General Assembly in Baltimore, and is president and immediate past chair of National Women’s Philanthropy. Hurwitz previously served as the Campaign chair for The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, as well as its Young Women’s Leadership chair, Women’s Department Campaign chair, and major gifts, new gifts and upgrade chairs.
Hurwitz’s commitment to Israel and other overseas work has prompted her to take on roles including the founding co-chair of the Ashkelon Partnership with Baltimore’s sister city, and chair of The Associated’s Commission on Israel and Overseas. She is equally committed to the Jewish community in Baltimore, where she serves as president of the board of trustees of the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community Day School. In addition, Hurwitz is the recipient of all three of The Associated’s young leadership awards. She is a graduate of The Wexner Heritage Foundation and the ACHARAI: Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Development Institute.
“Linda has dedicated so much of her life to the Jewish community through her Federation work, from National Women’s Philanthropy to chairing an inspirational GA in Baltimore,” said Susan K. Stern, current National Campaign chair. “Her energy and passion will help her elevate Jewish Federations’ fundraising efforts to new heights, and make a greater impact for Jews across the globe.”
Hurwitz has ambitious goals for her tenure as campaign chair, including increasing the Jewish Federation Annual Campaign in order to “do more for the Jewish People.” Equally important, she says, will be educating others about the impact of Federation dollars, and the collective strength of the Jewish community. She’s visited more than 80 communities across North America and believes that “we are all in this together. We are such a small people that each one of us can really have an impact on our future. If you are Jewish, you are my family.”
Michael Siegal, chair of the JFNA Board of Trustees, said, “As Jewish Federations look to build a stronger future for our children and grandchildren, we need a National Campaign chair that will inspire others and help them connect to our critical work. Linda is a proven leader, who has been instrumental in our community since her days in NYL Cabinet. She has an unparalleled commitment to Israel and Jewish causes around the globe, and will continue the great work of our current National Campaign Chair Susie Stern, who has accomplished so much for the Jewish People during her tenure.”
Hurwitz is a graduate of Duke University, Phi Beta Kappa in education, and earned a degree from The Johns Hopkins University in administration and supervision of education. She lives in her native Baltimore with husband, Steven, and has three children: Lauren Braunstein, Michael Hurwitz and Andrew Hurwitz.