407-645-5933 ext. 236 info@jfgo.org

Your Legacy

Begins Here.

WE ARE THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER ORLANDO

Our mission is to nurture a unified Jewish community that transcends generations and neighborhoods.

what we do

Support

We support Jewish life here in Central Florida and around the world. This commitment extends beyond our own JFGO programming to include financial support for other Jewish causes and organizations.

 

  • JFGO collaborative grants help pay for programs and special events by Central Florida Jewish organizations and synagogues;
  • Through the power of the Jewish Federations of North America, we provide financial support to disadvantaged Jews in Israel and 80+ countries;
  • We award grants to local synagogues for formal Jewish teen educational programming.
  • Support educational programming for youths in our Partnership2Gether “sister city,” Kiryat Motzkin, Israel. These include youths at risk, children of Olim families, and many others who are not active in youth movements. Our partnership also students with learning or complex disabilities. 
  • We financially support Jewish Family Services’ Community Chaplaincy Program, which provides end-of-life services to unaffiliated Jews in Central Florida. 
  • We sponsor an annual women’s trip to Israel in collaboration with the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project and JOIN Orlando.

Connect

We help to build meaningful relationships rooted in Jewish values. Through JFGO programming and financial support of other Jewish organizations’ programming, we:

 

  • Bring families together for themed PJ Library and Jewish holiday programs that involve parents, children and grandparents;
  • Award grants to encourage collaboration by organizations and synagogues;
  • Serve the needs of both newcomers and longtime community members by putting them in touch with the local Jewish organizations that can assist with their specific needs; and
  • Create and nurture social and professional networks for Jewish teens, educators, young adults, professionals and future community leaders.

Educate

We believe education transforms the world, and we incorporate educational components into Federation programming. JFGO is committed to offering and supporting a wide range of educational opportunities:

 

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Advocate

We empower local Jews by giving them a voice on important issues. Through JFGO’s advocacy arm, the Jewish Community Relations Council, we:

 

  • Sponsor and organize community forums on issues that are important to local Jews;
  • Speak to media on behalf of the Central Florida Jewish community;
  • Encourage community action on key legislation at the local, state and national levels;
  • Offer security resources to local Jewish organizations, including assistance securing federal Department of Homeland Security Grants.
  • Provide resources to public schools on Jewish holidays, hold annual school board forums, and work with administrators on issues of anti-Semitism and other forms of hate speech; and
  • Partner with non-Jewish groups on issues that are important to our respective constituencies.

Why Federation?

We fund and support a broad network of organizations that focus on two critical things:

  1. Caring for people in need here at home, in Israel, and around the world.
  2. Nurturing and sustaining the Jewish community today and for future generations.

For generations, Federation has enabled Jews to fulfill our obligation to take care of each other and to ensure our Jewish future. The Jewish Federation is all of us, the members of our community.

Cultivating Jewish Leaders:

We are leading the charge for our next generation to come together as Jews. Young Jewish professionals participate in leadership development, philanthropy, social action, support of Israel, and meaningful connections through Our Jewish Orlando.

Here At Home:

There was a time when being Jewish was only about being part of an agency or a synagogue. Today it’s about connecting to the Jewish community, not just inside our institutions, but throughout all of sunny Central Florida. We have done a remarkable job transforming into a catalyst and a portal for all things Jewish in our community.

Nurturing Jewish Life:

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando’s Maitland campus provides a hub for Jewish life in Central Florida. More than 1,500 community members use our facilities to enhance their lives each and every day. Meeting the needs of Jews of all ages is a big job. And JFGO is up to the task.

Engaging Jewish Youth:

We are committed to helping young children build Jewish identity. Our programs help families strengthen their relationship with our Jewish community. From little ones to teens, families will find opportunities to grow together at JFGO.

Connecting Our Jewish World:

We have the demonstrated ability to carry out big, bold initiatives and mobilize great resources in times of crisis. We are part of a greater umbrella, the Jewish Federations of North America, which represents 155 Jewish Federations and more than 300 network communities, and raises and distributes more than $3 billion annually for social welfare, social services, and educational needs.

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Yonit Arthur

Yonit Arthur

Personal Trainer and Strength Coach

 

Yonit Arthur, a.k.a. “Coach/Dr. Yo," is a personal trainer and strength coach, and is currently building a boutique gym for women. She is also a licensed doctor of audiology with specialties in hearing and balance disorders, so she can get you fit and test your hearing at the same time! Yonit’s family moved to Israel when she was a child, and although she has made Central Florida her home, she visits her parents, siblings and nephews there often.

In the leadership program, her special interest is in helping working women and young mothers -- who are often overwhelmed with demands on their time and emotional energy- connect to their Jewish community and heritage in actionable, attainable ways.

By empowering people to find meaning and purpose on their own terms, she hopes to create momentum for positive change in our Central Florida community.

Stacey Fishkin

Stacey Fishkin

Recreation Guest Experience Manager

 

Stacey is originally from Springfield, NJ. In 2006, she graduated from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island with a degree in Sports, Entertainment and Event Management. From there, she was accepted into the Disney College program for a 7-month internship. During her internship, she knew she wanted to make working at Disney a career. She was able to advance in her Disney journey overseeing roles under the Recreation umbrella, including Lifeguards, Children’s Activities, Marinas and Training.

Upon moving to Orlando, she became involved with the Jewish Federation’s Or Hadash group, which connected her to other young Jewish people. In 2015, she and her husband, Mike, welcomed their first son, Joshua.

Stacey says it was important to them that Joshua carried on the same Jewish values as she did growing up. They were happy to learn about The Roth Family JCC’s Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) and knew it would be a great learning environment. In 2017, they welcomed a second son, Ethan, and later enrolled him at the ECLC.

Since 2017, Stacey’s family have been active members at the JCC and have built strong relationships in the community with other ECLC families. Stacey am excited to start her journey with the Bornstein Leadership Development Program and develop as a young Jewish Leader in the community.

Stacy Gotlib

Stacy Gotlib

Public school principal

 

Stacy Gotlib is married to Daniel Gotiib and has lived in the Orlando area since 1994, moving here from South Florida. She is very active both in her school community and the Jewish Community.

As a public school principal, she is a facilitator in training for the Florida Department of Education Commissioner’s Leadership Academy. In the Jewish Community, she serves on the Board of Trustees and is stepping into the role of Youth Committee Chair at Congregation Ohev Shalom. She has been a table captain at Choices for several years and she is very involved in SPARK Orlando’s leadership team.

Both of her children are very active in the Jewish Community, too. As such, Stacy is very passionate about building lasting relationships in the Jewish Community so that people of all ages continue to benefit from all that we offer.

Sarah Koren

Sarah Koren

Attorney

 

Sarah is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Education Law. She serves as an attorney in the Orange County Public School’s Office of Legal Services where she specializes in exceptional student education and Office of Civil Rights student matters. She also provides legal support in the areas of McKay Scholarship, testing, behavior support, restraint/seclusion, accommodations and transition. Prior to joining the Office of Legal Services, Sarah served as an attorney in the Special Education and Mental Health Law Unit of Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc., where she represented dependent youth and families in special education, dependency, delinquency, and mental health matters. Prior to working at CLSMF, Sarah worked at the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, as an Equal Justice Works Fellow/Guardian ad Litem Program Education Attorney representing the educational and dependency (foster care) needs of foster youth.

Rachel Slavkin

Rachel Slavkin

Educator

 

Rachel brings to the Bornstein program years of leadership in her passion for working with and helping individuals with special needs. Rachel earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Special Education from Penn State University and has been working in the field for over 25 years. Rachel has taught special education in the K-12 system and was Special Education Department Chair of a public school district in Pennsylvania before moving to Central Florida. Rachel now serves on the faculty of Seminole State College in the Adult Education department. As a facilitator for Social Bridges, she leads social skills therapy groups for adolescents and adults with social challenges.

Rachel is one of the founding members on the Jewish Federation’s RAISE (Recognizing Abilities & Inclusion of Special Employees) Leadership Team and currently serves as Director of Employment and Education. Rachel’s family is the center of her life. She married the boy 7 houses away (so not technically next door). Rachel and her husband have two children, a son in college, and a daughter just beginning her post-collegiate “adult” life. Rachel is enjoying being an empty-nester with her husband and their 2 dogs.