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Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford Elects New Trustees

Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford newly-appointed trustees (from left): Carolyn Gitlin, Joshua Gottfried, and Elysa Graber-Lipperman. Courtesy photos

The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford has elected three new trustees, two of whom are from West Hartford.


Three new trustees have been elected to the Board of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford (JCF). David Miller, Investment Committee Chair, presented the nominations at JCF’s recent annual meeting. The Board voted and approved the following community leaders as Trustees:

Carolyn Gitlin, of West Hartford, is an active philanthropist and community advocate.

Gitlin is the current chair of the Board of The Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford. Previously, Gitlin served in several leadership roles for the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, including Vice Chair, Women’s Philanthropy Chair, Member Board of Directors, and Vice Chair of Outreach and Engagement Women’s Philanthropy. She also serves on the Jewish Federation of North America National Women’s Philanthropy Board and is a Board Member of the Max Cares Foundation. She is a past Board member of Aurora Foundation for Girls and the Tumble Brook Country Club, and a past Board member and Parent Association President of Kingswood Oxford School.

Joshua Gottfried, of Hartford, is co-founder and principal of Gottfried & Somberg Wealth Management, LLC, an independent investment and financial services firm.

Gottfried is an active volunteer in the Jewish Community. He serves on JCF’s Investment Committee. He also is an active member of Beth El Temple of West Hartford, where he currently serves on their endowment committee. He previously served four terms as a trustee on their Board. Gottfried is also a current member of the Planning and Allocations Committee for the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford.

Gottfried graduated from Muhlenberg College and The Loomis Chaffee School.

Elysa Graber-Lipperman, of West Hartford, is an attorney practicing in the areas of Estate Planning and Probate Administration.

Graber-Lipperman is actively involved with the Jewish Community and participated in the Wexner Heritage Program (New England 14). She currently serves as chair of the Board of The Emanuel Synagogue and is a member of The Emanuel’s Endowment and Finance Committees and the United Synagogues of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) Synagogue Leadership Committee. She was President of The Emanuel Synagogue from June 2017-June 2019 and served on the Aim Chai Endowment Committee to support The Emanuel Synagogue. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Jewish Leadership Academy and helps with the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Civil Discourse Committee, two programs of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford. She also participated in the Wexner Foundation’s Summit on Civil Discourse.

She earned a B.A. with distinction in all subjects from Cornell University, and was awarded her Juris Doctor degree with honors from The George Washington University Law School. Graber-Lipperman also was awarded an LL.M. in Estate Planning and Elder Law from the Western New England College School of Law.

JCF’s Executive Officers of the Board of Trustees for 2019-2020 are Leigh Newman, Chair; Gayle Temkin, Vice Chair; Merrill Mandell, Vice Chair; Randall Weinstock, Treasurer; and Gerald Goldberg, Secretary.

The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford (JCF) was founded 47 years ago with an initial gift of $50,000 and has now grown to more than $120 million in assets. JCF, a proud partner to the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and a member of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, is the fourth largest charitable community foundation in Connecticut. JCF offers an array of options for every size of charitable investment, which includes family giving, donor advised funds, social impact opportunities, and Jewish funding options.

To explore your personalized philanthropic experience, visit www.jcfhartford.org.

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