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Senior Philanthropic Advisor with Deep Roots in the Jewish Community Joins Jewish Community Federation

Palo Alto, Calif., May 19, 2011 - Jonathan Friedman, a seasoned fundraising professional with strong ties to the Jewish community, has joined the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin & Sonoma Counties as a Senior Philanthropic Advisor in the Federations’ Peninsula office.

Friedman brings extensive experience and a track record of success in executive management positions where he led development functions for several non-profit organizations. He was previously the Director of Development for the Parkinson’s Institute located in Sunnyvale, CA.

Friedman’s family history of involvement with the Jewish community spans generations. His father, Israel Friedman, who suffered from tuberculosis at 15 years old, moved from Ohio to Colorado where he was welcomed by the National Jewish Hospital and the Jewish Consumptives’ Relief Society. Grateful for their assistance in his rehabilitation, Israel became a lay Rabbi and began a long career working with Jewish organizations – the JCRS, National Jewish Hospital, Allied Jewish Campaign and the Jewish National Home for Asthmatic Children. He pioneered the first use of direct mail, sending out address labels all over the country. Jonathan recalls, “As a young child I have fond memories of opening mailbags full of donations – the family always pitched in to help!”

“Many Jewish institutions impacted me growing up – Hebrew School, the synagogue, summer camp, Jewish fraternity, Hillel and many others, said Friedman. “My wife has worked for Jewish agencies practically her whole life – now the Advancement Director at Brandeis Hillel Day School. Helping her as a volunteer exposed me to a wide variety of organizations – JCC’s, Yeshiva University, and day schools. And our grandchildren attend the Austin Jewish Academy. I’m proud to be able to use my many years of experience to raise funds for the worthy causes in the Jewish community of the Bay Area and for Israel.”

Friedman’s expertise and strong leadership abilities will play a vital role in him working with the needs of our diverse Jewish community. His office located at the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life in Palo Alto.


The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund ( works to protect and enhance Jewish life in our community through fundraising, strategic planning and providing funding for programs that care for those in need; that strengthen and secure the safety of the Jewish people; and that foster Jewish renaissance at home, in Israel and in other Jewish communities.

For more information please contact:
Lori Warren, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications,, 415.512.6218
Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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