The Buffalo Jewish Federation’s 117th Annual Meeting and award celebration will take place virtually Thursday, December 3 from 6-6:30 pm. This year’s unique
gathering will be hosted by 2020 Emerging Leadership Awardees Brenda Feldstein and Alon Kupferman. In addition to recognizing Brenda and Alon for their inspired
leadership, Federation will install the 2021 Board of Governors and present the Judith & Daniel Kantor Professional Service Award and the Ann Holland Cohn
Community Impact Award. Federation 117th Annual Meeting Set for December 3 Virtual Gathering to Celebrate Leadership in Jewish Buffalo Meeting co-host Alon Kupferman is
the Ann and Meyer Riwchun Leadership Awardee for 2020. For decades, the Federation has presented annual awards to an emerging male and female community leader. “We are very excited to bestow this year’s men’s award to Alon,” said Federation President Leslie Shuman Kramer. “The award provides an opportunity each year for us to recognize and invest in an emerging leader who demonstrates a commitment to the growth and sustainability of our vibrant and caring Buffalo Jewish community. Alon’s dedication to Jewish
Buffalo and his passion for community building is so befitting of this honor.” A Buffalo transplant, Alon earned his MBA in Marketing & Strategy from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. He joined M&T Bank as part of their Executive Associate Program in 2007 and has held multiple positions at M&T and is currently the Head of Wealth Management Digital at Wilmington Trust, a subsidiary of M&T.
Prior to joining the M&T, Alon served as a Legislative Assistant to the White House, Assistant Legislative Director of AJC, Director of Policy and Communication for the US House of Representatives and Founding Chair of Digital Channels Committee Consumer Bankers Associations. Alon is currently President of the Jewish Community Center, stewarding the organization through the COVID-19 Pandemic and the transition to new CEO Mike Rawl. (Read about Mike on page 17.) The other meeting co-host, Brenda Feldstein, is the Ruth and Milton Kahn Women’s Leadership Awardee for 2020. Born in Brazil and the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Brenda has an undergraduate degree in communications and an MBA from the University of Buffalo. She worked for several years as a video field reporter, producer, and television host for a national television/video production company in Brazil before moving to the United States. Brenda founded and leads her own video production company called “A Special Story” and has been featured in the national edition of Yahoo News. Brenda is actively involved in several Jewish communal organizations, and last December joined 14 other moms in the Momentum trip to Israel. “Brenda’s positivity, skills and passion for Jewish Buffalo make her an ideal Kahn awardee,” commented Federation’s CEO Rob Goldberg. “One example was her tireless work during the pandemic to help our Center for Jewish Engagement and Learning experiment with how best to engage children and Jewish families.” Details on how you can participate in the Annual Meeting and Award Celebration on December 3 will be featured in the Federation’s weekly e-mail My Jewish Buffalo in the coming weeks. If you would like more information, please contact Joan Kwiatkowski at the Federation by emailing her: firstname.lastname@example.org.