Sheryl Sapriel, chairperson of the Board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's Kehillah of Bucks County, has announced the appointment of Liz Gellis as Kehillah Coordinator.
Gellis began work in the Bucks County office on Monday.
She has more than 30 years of experience working in the Jewish communities of Toronto, Canada and Albany, New York in both professional and volunteer capacities.
Most recently, Gellis served as program manager for Jewish Educational Resources of New York, where she managed a staff of 10 and coordinated diverse programs of the Israel Education Center.
Prior to this, she was the executive director of Ohav Shalom, a synagogue in Albany, N.Y. Her responsibilities there included overseeing synagogue operations with professional and lay leadership; supervising, planning and implementing all synagogue programming; and recruiting and coordinating the volunteer resources.
Sapriel stated her belief that Gellis' skills will help the Kehillah grow.
"Liz's passion for the Jewish community will bring greater participation in our Kehillah events," she said, naming the 2010 Federation Super Sunday phone-a-thon on Sunday, Jan. 10, at the Federation Radnor Campus in Bryn Mawr; and the community-wide Jewish Family program called "Judaism in January," scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 31, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Shir Ami in Newtown.
"We welcome Liz to the vibrant and thriving Bucks County Jewish community, and look forward to working with her to continue to build, strengthen and enrich Jewish life here," stated Sapriel.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia — through its Kehillah of Bucks County — is making significant headway in working to meet the needs of the growing Jewish community. The Kehillah Council of Bucks County is the collaborative of area synagogues, Federation and other Jewish agencies active in Bucks County.
The Federation movement, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning).
United Jewish Communities/ Jewish Federations of North America represents 157 Jewish federations and 400 network communities, which raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually for social welfare, social services and educational needs.
To learn more about the Kehillah of Bucks County, call Federation at its Newtown office, 215-579-9300, or log on to: www.jewishphilly.org.