A new dawn for GTJ

It’s a new dawn for Gather the Jews (GTJ).

With the generous support of Manny Friedman, Co-Founder of the Friedman-French Foundation, GTJ will launch “GTJ: A New Hope” (because I’m a Star Wars fan).

At the heart of this initiative is the recruitment of a full-time paid staff member who will join GTJ in August.  The Friedman-French enabled staff member will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of GTJ, ensuring that GTJ remains comprehensive in scope, expanding GTJ’s news component, and generally ensuring that GTJ remains an excellent resource for young adult Jews in the Washington, DC area.

Also as part of the new initiative, in August GTJ will:

Launch a redesign of the GTJ website that allows for more content and easier navigability.
Create a Board of Directors comprised of prominent Jewish community members
Announce its involvement in several community initiatives designed to further enhance the Jewish community

It must be reiterated that none of this could go forward without the timely and generous support of Manny Friedman who, below, has shared a few thoughts on his support for GTJ.

SR:  Why did you choose to get involved with Gather the Jews?
MF:  We wanted Gather the Jews to remain an independent entity after its founders are no longer involved on a day-to-day basis. We are very pleased to be providing the funding to allow GTJ to enter this next phase of its life.

SR:  What do you hope to achieve by helping the Gather the Jews project?
MF:  We hope to help Gather the Jews successfully navigate this upcoming year of transition. We are excited that GTJ is hiring its first paid executive director and we hope that this is just the beginning of many stages of expansion.

SR:  What message do you hope your donation sends to the DC Jewish community?
MF:  We would like our support to become a catalyst for encouraging other philanthropists and foundations to get involved with innovative Jewish projects in the region. 

Again, thanks to the Friedman-French Foundation.  Any questions about GTJ’s future aims, or how to support the future efforts of GTJ can be directed to stephen@gatherdc.org

Gather the Jews is an event aggregator and news service that exists to facilitate young adult Judaism in the Washington, DC area.  To date, GTJ has accumulated 273,073 visits and 664,741 page views to its website.  GTJ’s weekly newsletter has over 4,000 subscribers.



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