Varied Involvement Vital for Younger Donor

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Liz Fineman. Photo courtesy of Liz Fineman

Liz Fineman, 38, is Philly through and through. Though she briefly found herself a couple hours north at Lafayette College, she returned to Philadelphia to get her J.D. and master’s degree from Temple University.

Today, she’s involved with a wide variety of Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia programs and leadership positions. She’s served on the board of trustees since 2017 after moving on from the NextGen board. Fineman is also on the Women’s Philanthropy board, works with Lions of Judah as an endowment co-chair and has participated on the campaign cabinet.

She’s been a beneficiary of Jewish Federation’s programs, too; Fineman took part in leadership development programs, and the cherry on top of her experience was her Israel360 trip.

She didn’t know at first how much she’d end up getting involved, but each succeeding program made her more convinced of both her ability to contribute and the impact of Jewish Federation at large.

“Going through the leadership development program, traveling on Israel 360 and being involved with NextGen, you really get to participate and see what [Jewish] Federation does in the community and in Israel,” she said. “And when you see everything that [Jewish] Federation does and the tremendous impact that it has on our community and abroad, it was important to me to be involved.”

Fineman practices family law at Antheil, Maslow & MacMinn, LLP and said she feels a measure of overlap between her work with her law firm and with the Jewish Federation. In each, she finds herself “making a difference in people’s lives” and an “opportunity to help people at a time in their lives when they really need it.”

She is especially proud of her work with NextGen and the Lions of Judah. With the former, she and the rest of the leadership team worked tremendously hard to “keep it afloat through many transitions and lack of professional leadership,” she said. With the latter, she recently made her endowment gift and is excited to see what sort of use her work can be put toward.

Perhaps what’s she appreciated most out of her time, Fineman said, has been the relationships she’s formed with her cohorts.

“I’ve made some amazing friends, starting with the leadership development program and Israel 360, who remain some of my best friends today,” she said. She hadn’t been to Israel since she went on Birthright when she embarked for the Holy Land with Israel360.

“It was an amazing opportunity,” she said, “because [Jewish] Federation pays for you to travel with your peers to Israel. You have sessions leading up to and it and then you return, and it’s just an amazing opportunity to visit Israel, be on the ground there, do sightseeing, have this amazing bonding experience with your friends and also get some time to go visit programs that [Jewish] Federation sponsors over there.”

This article is part of an occasional series of profiles of Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia supporters.

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