$5 Million Raised to Support Critical Needs of Charlotte Jewish Community


Amid a spike in antisemitism and ongoing challenges, the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte has exceeded a milestone of $5 million in funds raised to meet the pressing needs of the Jewish community in Charlotte. The generous support of the Charlotte Jewish community allows Federation to enrich Jewish life in the Greater Charlotte region and around the world through allocations to more than 70 local and global organizations that work to consistently support and provide for communities’ needs.

“We are deeply thankful to our close to 1600 donors who have generously given to our annual campaign, and who continue to contribute to building a thriving Jewish community in greater Charlotte,” said Chief Development and Marketing Officer Sam Bernstein. “These funds are essential in rallying our community against the rise in antisemitism and in supporting the safety-net organizations that keep our community moving forward. Federation plays a critical role in maintaining vibrant Jewish life and we are looking forward to the impact this campaign will make.”

The 2022 Annual Campaign that was led by Campaign Chair Sara Kulbersh, will support the Charlotte Jewish community in the following ways:

  • Supporting Federation’s more than 70 beneficiary agencies that engage Jewish youth, support Jews in need, build Jewish identity, and promote Jewish education.
  • Meeting the needs of Jews in Israel and around the world.
  • Funding the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte’s newest initiative, Outshine Hate: Together Against Antisemitism, to combat antisemitism and anti-Israel hatred, and educate the wider Charlotte community.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte is proud to work with a large number of visionary individuals and families who have helped to build Charlotte’s strong Jewish community through their generous support of the annual campaign.

Federation is especially thankful for the support of The Leon Levine Foundation. Their $950,000 gift is the largest in our partnership’s history.

“Enhancing vibrant Jewish communities is a core part of The Leon Levine Foundation’s mission, and few do that better than the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte,” said Tom Lawrence, President of The Leon Levine Foundation.

“Their work as a convener and collaborator is critical, and their fundraising prowess continues to benefit the entire Charlotte Jewish community. Reaching this significant milestone is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the Federation team and the generosity of the Charlotte Jewish community,” continued Lawrence.

The Leon Levine Foundation supports programs and organizations that improve the human condition through investments in education, healthcare, human services, and Jewish values. They have been a vital partner of the Federation for many decades.

“The Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte is committed to fulfilling its mission as a community builder and convener for the Jewish community in our region and around the world,” said Sue Worrel, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte. “Our $5 million annual campaign is an incredible investment in Jewish life here on behalf of our donors. We could not have reached this milestone without the hard work of our staff and the benevolence of our supporters.”

To learn more about the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte’s local and global impact, visit www.jewishcharlotte.org.