The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester has selected a longtime member to serve a two-year term as president.
Julie Nusbaum, a freelance writer, was inaugural chairwoman of the federation’s Levine Center to End Hate, and previously chaired the Community Relations Council. Nusbaum has served on the federation’s board of directors and taken on active roles in women’s philanthropy and on the nominating and planning & allocations committees.
In 2001, Nusbaum was awarded the federation’s Raye K. Aiole Young Leadership Award.
“Julie has helped strengthen the federation and the broader Jewish community with her experience in leadership development, advocacy and coalition building,” federation CEO Meredith Dragon said in a statement. “We are so lucky to have her as the federation’s lead volunteer as we work with our partner agencies, synagogues and organizations to navigate the important challenges ahead.”
Nusbaum has served on the board of the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester and as editor and co-chair of the Hillel Community Day School Scholarship Journal.
“Through federation, I connect to individuals and institutions in Jewish Rochester and in the broader community,” Nusbaum said. “I am passionate about social justice and am committed to our work because we address needs in Rochester, but are also connected globally to our history and our future in Israel and around the world.”
Nusbaum’s father is a past federation president in Louisville, Ky., while her husband’s grandfather, David Rosenthal was president of the Rochester federation from 1958 to 1960.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester works to build and protect a strong Jewish future in Rochester, Israel and worldwide through philanthropy, engagement, education and advocacy.