Saturday, November 25th, 2017

Gulf Coast JFCS Hires VP of Development and Marketing

Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services is very pleased to announce that Stuart Berger has joined the staff as the new Vice President of Development and Marketing. Stuart is well known in the Tampa Bay Jewish community, having served as the Development Director fortheJewishFederation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties for six years, when he became the Development Director for CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) in St. Petersburg in 2011.

“I was thrilled when the Vice President’s position at Gulf Coast became open. I have known the great things Gulf Coast does from my days at the Federation. To me, Tikkun Olam (healing the world) is not just a nice concept, it is a passion. Helping folks is why I went into the non-profit world in the first place, and few organizations in Florida help more people than Gulf Coast,” said Berger.

Active in the Jewish community, Stuart became president of the Greater Tampa Bay Unit of B’nai B’rith shortly after 9/11, and served in that capacity until last year. While President, he became a board member of PRIMER (Promoting Responsibility in Middle East Reporting). Working closely with Norm Gross, PRIMER’s late founder, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation, Stuart has advocated for Israel before the Tampa Bay Times editorial board, appeared on FOX News, and was interviewed several times on WMNF radio. He continues to run the annual PRIMER Award brunch, which is held annually in February.

Under his direction, the JCRC of the Jewish Federation took the lead in creating “The Pinellas County Interfaith Environmental Coalition” which held an Earth Day event in 2009 attended by over 350 individuals.

In addition to being the YAD (Young Adult Division) coordinator of the federation, he was also responsible for all aspects of T.O.P. (Tampa Orlando Pinellas) Jewish Foundation in Pinellas, which added over 50 endowments, philanthropic funds and charitable gift annuities during his tenure.

Stuart has a BA degree in American Studies from Eckerd College and studied for a short time at Aish HaTora Yeshivah in Jerusalem in the early 1980’s. He has been married to his wife Helene for over 27 years and has lived in the Tampa Bay area for nearly as long. He is the proud father of Alana, a recent Florida State University graduate, and son Daniel, an FSU sophomore.

“As a Jew, philanthropy is very important to me” explains Berger. “Raising funds for Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, an organization that helps the sick, cares for the elderly, and tends to the most vulnerable among us, is more than just satisfying – it is a calling.”

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