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A Fond Farewell to David Weisberg

Tributes from our community

After five years, our Federation community must prepare to say goodbye to our friend and CEO, David Weisberg. As co-chairs of the Federation, we can honestly say that David is a pleasure to work with because he is, among other things, incredibly able, smart, creative – and tremendously menschy!

 

David’s career at Federation will be etched in milestones, accomplishments and dedication to our local community and our partnership region of Afula-Gilboa, Israel.

 

He is especially proud of the innovations we made in our allocations process, how we expanded community-wide programming, the ways in which our community-members and partner organizations have supported one another during the pandemic, the funding of the new kosher food pantry in Upper Fairfield County and vital lifesaving equipment for Emek Medical Center in Afula – even the creation of KALEIDOSCOPE. But his greatest source of pride is how we have come together as a community to make it all happen.

 

David has done, and continues to do, so much to assist in developing, building and strengthening our Jewish community. Oftentimes it is David’s vision behind our innovative programming and goal-setting. We think it goes without saying that in the time David has been in our community, he has earned the great esteem of many. He is also highly respected by our partner organizations and has been a calming source of inspiration not only to us, his co-chairs, but also to the community at large.

 

We still have work to do with David as he finishes up his tenure with Federation but we look forward to congratulating him for all he has done and wish him only the best on his next chapter with his new bride, Aileen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mindy Siegel & Deborah Hochhauser, Co-Chairs

Federation for Jewish Philanthropy

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From the moment David arrived at Federation, he offered himself as a friend to me and a professional partner in building Jewish community. His eagerness to participate in the lives of each synagogue community and his ability to weave us all together in a communal network were a breath of fresh air. I'd never experienced that kind of connection to a Federation before, and I deeply appreciate those gifts. David, you have strengthened our Jewish community, and you will be missed.

- Rabbi Ita PaskindCongregation Beth El-Norwalk

David Weisberg has for years been a friend to Israel and to Emek Medical Center. We measure our friends in deeds and not only words and David mediated essential assistance when help was needed during the COVID crisis in 2020. We salute David Weisberg and will always welcome him as a member of our family.

- Larry Rich, Director of Development / International Public Relations

Emek Medical Center, Afula, Israel

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Through his innovative ideas, concrete suggestions as to how put those ideas into action, and future vision, David strengthened the preexisting relationship between Federation and the Bennett Center. From our co-sponsorship of the David Broza concert at the university's Quick Center for the Arts, to the Federation's ongoing financial support, David Weisberg has helped the Bennett Center provide opportunities for students to learn more about Jewish holidays and become an integral part of the Upper Fairfield County Jewish community. I will miss his enthusiasm and his friendship.
- Dr. Ellen M. Umansky, Director
Bennett Center for Judaic Studies, Fairfield University

David has been a tremendous partner to Jewish Senior Services since he began at Federation. We had the benefit of being on the same campus, which allowed us to seamlessly work together and collaborate. David created special relationships with the Residents and would share his travels and stories. When COVID-19 devastated our JSS community, David stepped up as one of our largest advocates and tried to mobilize the Jewish community on our behalf in any way that he could. We are incredibly lucky and blessed to have had his expertise, genuine kindness and compassion and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.- Andrew H. Banoff, President & CEO
Jewish Senior Services

David has been an extraordinary leader of the local Jewish community. With great people skills, he succeeded in bringing the local Jewish communities together. David is a real Mensch. Holocaust Child Survivors of CT will never forget how he was always there for us, especially in the difficult time of the pandemic. We are all very sorry to see him leave, but wish him a very happy and healthy life and great success in his future endeavors.

- Agnes Vertes
Holocaust Child Survivors of CT

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Thanks to David for deepening the relationship between Federation and the Project Kesher community by inviting us to participate in your programs, featuring our work and investing in the activism of Jewish women leaders in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine who are rebuilding Jewish life and advocating for gender equality and civil society. We have appreciated his partnership and warmth and wish him all the best!

- The Project Kesher Board, Staff and Activists

David’s vision for Common Threads in 2019 brought this entire community together so beautifully. It was a wonderful gift for all of us!

- Margery Verlezza, Program Manager
Merkaz Community High School for Judaic Studies

David has been an incredible partner, thought leader, colleague and friend. During his tenure, we have strengthened communal ties within Connecticut and the greater region served through the Southern New England Consortium partnership with Afula-Gilboa, Israel. He has led with insight, creativity and determination that werr always bundled in warmth and kindness. He will be greatly missed. We wish him much happiness as he begins a new chapter.

- Judith Alperin, Chief Executive Officer

Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven

I commend David for his vision and leadership that have had such a deep and lasting impact on those less fortunate in our communities. The Federation for Jewish Philanthropy has been a supporter and partner with LifeBridge for many years. Together we have been able to provide resources for families that have strengthened the fabric of our neighborhoods and helped people lead better lives that hold brighter futures. My best wishes go to David in his future endeavors. 

- Alan J. Mathis, President & CEO
LifeBridge Community Services, Bridgeport

Dear David,

Thank you so much for an incredible tenure here in Upper Fairfield County! From disco parties to Mitzvah Heroes, you have in so many ways elevated us and fostered meaningful spaces to gather together as a Jewish community in common cause. We will miss your energy, your passion, your music, and your love of all things Jewish (and Grateful Dead). It has been such a joy getting to know you and together strengthen our Federation and Jewish community in Upper Fairfield County. Wishing you many blessings and much joy on your next adventure!

With immense gratitude,

Rabbi Evan Schultz

Rabbi Sarah Marion

Cantor Michelle Rubel

and all of your friends at Congregation B'nai Israel, Bridgeport​

David revitalized the Federation of Upper Fairfield County. He put us on the map. David is a visionary, a strategic thinker, very creative, a leader and team-builder, excellent manager, and a doer – he gets the job done. In all my non-profit organizational involvement, David is by far, the best CEO I have ever worked with.
- James Sugarman, Immediate Past President
Federation for Jewish Philanthropy

Thanks to David’s persistence, we were able to get support for some very unusual and creative activities during the lockdowns and the tough days of 2020. David continued to offer support and kept the connections with our community and our programs when it was most needed.
- Daniel Benn, CEO
Shehakim Afula Community Center

David’s passion and kindness are palpable in everything he does. I’ve loved working with him on the Federation Allocations Committee and as a rabbi in the community.

- Rabbi Elana Nemitoff-Bresler, MAJE

Temple Israel of Westport

From the minute David Weisberg arrived, he made an impact on our community in the best ways. When he asked me to play Goldie to his Tevye in order to do a community Fiddler on the Roof musical, I was on board and in awe of his talents. David has been a breath of fresh air, a whirlwind of cultural, musical, spiritual and community positive energy. His creative Zoom gala was incredible and his vision of a book for children as part of it amazed us all. I wish him only the best going forward in his adventures and accomplishments. May he be surrounded with love, health, joy and shalom always. 

- Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray
Congregation Shir Shalom of Westchester & Fairfield Counties, Ridgefield

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David, for the past five years, I was privileged to work with you. Your dedication and commitment to our Afula-Gilboa partnership region are very appreciated. The pandemic brought uncertainty but your rational voice was always heard and benefited our partnership. Thank you for everything you have done for your community, for our partnership, and for Afula-Gilboa. I wish you luck and great success in your next adventures.

- Naveh Yogev, Partnership2Gether Director

Jewish Agency for Israel

David Weisberg is the real deal. The Torah describes Jewish leadership by means of the qualities of a Jewish king. The king leads the nation into battle with a Torah strapped to his arm. David leads by example: he is always on the front lines, and the Torah as his moral compass ensures he is always taking the high road. His departure will give us pause to see how far our community has come since his arrival.
Yashar Koach, Reb Dovid.
- Rabbi Greg Wall

Beit Chaverim Synagogue of Westport

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