Special Bay Area Briefing: Crisis in Ukraine

May 17, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Please join us for a virtual discussion that will provide you with a greater understanding of the Federation’s current strategy in Ukraine, the latest update from our on-the-ground partners, and how you can help support the long-term effort as the needs evolve.

More than 1,600 generous Bay Area donors have mobilized over $4.8 million for Ukraine relief. Together with Jewish Federations around North America, we have raised $60 million total and counting.


  • Eric Fingerhut, Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA)
  • Shira Genish, Director Field Operations, JDC-Former Soviet Union
  • Joy Sisisky, Interim Chief Executive Officer & Chief Philanthropy Officer, Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
  • Barak Loozon, Director, Israel Office, Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
Interests: Virtual
Organized By: 
Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
Event Contact Person: 
Rachel Kaber
Eric Fingerhut, Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA)
Eric is an American politician, attorney, and academic administrator, serving as the President and CEO of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). Prior to his appointment at JFNA, he served as president and CEO of Hillel International from 2013 to 2019. Earlier, he served as the corporate Vice President of Education and STEM Learning business at Battelle Memorial Institute, Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, Ohio state senator and member of the United States House of Representatives for one term.

Fingerhut was appointed Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents on March 14, 2007 by Governor Ted Strickland.[4] This position is a member of the Ohio Governor's Cabinet. On February 22, 2011, he submitted his resignation to Gov. John Kasich, effective March 14, 2011, after serving four years of his five-year term. Chancellor Fingerhut earned a reputation as an innovative leader and ardent advocate of the value of higher education.
Shira Genish, Director Field Operations, JDC-Former Soviet Union
Shira is the JDC Director of Field Operations for the Former Soviet Union, where she oversees operations in Russia, Belarus, Georgia, and the Asian Republics. Her career at JDC began in 1997, when she served as the Budget Officer of the Former Soviet Union Department. Shira graduated with honors from Tel Aviv University with a degree in economics and she feels privileged to serve the JDC in a role that enables her to take part in the resurgence of Jewish life in her birthplace of Ukraine.
Joy Sisisky, Interim Chief Executive Officer & Chief Philanthropy Officer, Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
Before joining the Federation, Joy served as executive director of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York. Previously, she was selected as the 2007-2008 Ralph I. Goldman Fellow in International Jewish Communal Service at JDC, for which she lived and worked in Ukraine and Ethiopia. Joy is co-founder of Do Good Ukraine!, an organization dedicated to building civil society through volunteerism in Ukraine. Earlier, she served as the associate director for national women’s philanthropy at United Jewish Communities, where she worked with Jewish federations in the development of gender-based fundraising. Joy graduated from Brandeis University and earned a double M.A. in Jewish Communal Service and Public Administration at the joint program of Hebrew Union College and the University of Southern California.
Barak Loozon, Director, Israel Office, Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
Barak is the Federation's Israel Office Director. Before taking on this position, Barak and his family lived in the Bay area where he served as the Director for Young Adult Engagement with Israel at the SF-based Jewish Community
Federation and Endowment Fund. Prior to this, Barak worked at the Institute for Democratic Education in Israel and led the implementation of the "Bat-Yam Model for Personalized Education,” a model which was adopted by the Ministry of Education and became the National Education Reform called “New Horizons.” Previously, Barak worked as the National Education Director & Deputy Director-General of the Israeli Scouts (Tzofim) and as the movement emissary to the United States. He holds a B.A. from Bar Ilan University in Criminology and Political Science, a Master's in Education Policy and Administration from Tel Aviv University, as well as a Master's in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Wexner Israel Fellow. Barak and his wife Keren are the proud parents of five boys, living in Kibbutz Einat, Israel.