UJF has followed the lead of Federations across the country by initiating a prestigious Real Estate Division. At the core of this group are seven highly successful Real Estate Professionals who have realized the importance of spreading the word about Federation and its mission. The Real Estate Committee members are Joan Breslow of Prudential Connecticut Realty, Rhoda Freedberg of Halstead Properties, Jeannie Kasindorf of Keller Williams, Diana Gould of Prudential Connecticut Realty, Saiid Rastegar of Bank of America, Gail Stone of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty and Maddy Shapiro of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
Federations located in large metropolitan cities, such as New York and Chicago, have had great success in organizing donors in various affinity groups, such as Financial Services, Lawyers and Real Estate. As the donors in these groups have much in common, there is great motivation for them to assemble to share ideas, network and simply to just have fun. Joining an affinity group under the auspices of federation enables participants to publicly “give back” to the community and to become educated about how vital it is to contribute to the Annual Community Campaign. Events also enable attendees to see how their philanthropic dollars are being utilized.
The groups formation was originally envisioned by Joan Breslow who commented, "As Real Estate Professionals, we can make a difference in our Jewish community by becoming more involved and by educating ourselves as to the needs here in Stamford, nationally, in Israel and around the world. I was surprised to learn from a well established Realtor that she was unaware of our Federation - so I feel our mission is to involve as many agents as possible.” A minimum gift of $180 to UJF’s 2010 Community Campaign will entitle donors to be listed on a special “Real Estate Roll of Honor,” which will be distributed to over 3,500 Jewish households across Stamford, New Canaan & Darien, as part of the New Jewish Voice. This “Real Estate Roll of Honor” is a way of publicly recognizing those individuals that are “giving back” to the community.
If you work in any part of the Real Estate Industry, and would like to become involved in planning or joining this group, or just to be kept informed, please contact Gary Geller, UJF Vice President and Campaign Director at 321-1373 x 102 or Gary@ujf.org.