Federation welcomes longtime volunteer Kris MacDonald as its new President
The Minneapolis Jewish Federation is pleased to welcome Kris MacDonald as its new President. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, MacDonald has lived in Minneapolis since 1980 and has been involved with Federation for more than 20 years. She is one of a few past Campaign Chairs in our community to serve a two-year term, a commitment she took on for the 2004 and 2005 Annual Campaigns.
“My passion is, and has always been, for the Annual Campaign and endowments,” MacDonald explained. “My goal in this new role is to really concentrate on that as a focal point.”
With a strong history in Women’s Philanthropy, MacDonald has served in many positions, including as Women’s Division Campaign Chair. She was also a founding board member of the Business & Professional Women’s Division, and is the immediate past president of the Women’s Endowment Fund.
MacDonald has served on the United Jewish Communities (UJC) National Young Leadership Cabinet and is a graduate of the Harry Kay Leadership Program. She is a past board member at the Sabes Jewish Community Center and Temple Israel. MacDonald currently sits on the on the National Women’s Philanthropy Board of UJC and on the board of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota.
"Federation is a major way I identify Jewishly in my life,” notes the incoming President. “My relationships with people in our community, the work we do as an organization and the connections with those we are helping locally and overseas have contributed hugely to how I identify with being Jewish."
2008 Award Recipients
Amos S. Deinard Award for Distinguished LeadershipElliot Kaplan, a longtime volunteer and supporter of the Minneapolis Jewish community, is being recognized with the Amos S. Deinard Award for Distinguished Leadership, an honor bestowed annually to an outstanding community member who has made significant contributions to the Minneapolis Jewish and general communities.
Leon and Sylvia Sorkin Jewish Communal Professional Achievement Award
For more than 40 years, Rabbi Avraham Ettedgui has been a pillar in the Minneapolis Jewish community. His accomplishments in the field of Jewish education have been monumental, benefiting teachers, families and students in our community. He is being honored with the Leon and Sylvia Sorkin Jewish Communal Professional Achievement Award, recognizing his long-standing commitment, dedication and integrity to the field.
In 1963, Rabbi Ettedgui began working as a teacher at the Talmud Torah of Minneapolis. In 1975, he became its executive director, a position he held for more than two decades. While serving as Executive Director at Talmud Torah, Rabbi Ettedgui recognized the need for Jewish education professionals to come together to share ideas and learn from each other. As a result, he created the Council of Jewish Educators of Minneapolis, and later established the Jewish Resource Center for Teachers, now known as Jewish Community Education Services, a Minneapolis Jewish Federation initiative, which focuses on recruiting, training and retaining the best Jewish educators for our community.
Knowing that several Minneapolis families were looking for a more extensive Jewish education for their children in a non-denominational environment, Rabbi Ettedgui founded the Minneapolis Jewish Day School (MJDS) in 1984. Now, with an enrollment of nearly 400 students, MJDS serves as a model for other communities. Today, Rabbi Ettedgui continues to teach Talmud Torah classes at the high school level and serves as the Director of the Talmud Torah Foundation. In 1999, he joined Sharei Chesed Congregation as its Rabbi. Located in Minnetonka, Sharei Chesed serves more than 120 families.