At its 117th Annual Meeting on May 23, 2013, the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati announced an exciting new Cincinnati 2020 project, the Esther and Maurice Becker Networking and Mentoring Center.
Cincinnati 2020 is a community-wide planning process that envisions Cincinnati in the year 2020 as a model Jewish community that attracts, retains and meaningfully engages individuals and families with its breadth and quality of Jewish life.
Federation President Andy Berger said, “This innovative initiative will allow us to become the best networked community for young adults in America. It will enable us to attract and retain talented young Jewish people to Cincinnati by connecting them with successful leaders, professionals and mentors who can help them become meaningfully established in our local Jewish community.”
In addition, the Center will assist with Cincinnati-Israel professional exchanges and programs, to ensure advocates for Israel among the next generation of Federation and community leaders. The Esther and Maurice Becker Networking and Mentoring Center will collaborate with and expand upon the Federation’s existing Young Adult Division (YAD), as well as other community efforts, including the new JVS Career Services and The Mayerson Foundation’s Access and Shalom Family programs.
The creation of the Center is the result of the generosity and vision of Esther and Maurice Becker, who established the Esther and Maurice Becker Endowment Fund with a $1.75 million gift to the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.
“Esther and Maurice Becker lived a relatively modest life,” said Berger. “However, they were consistent supporters to the Jewish Federation and were, in fact, Silver Circle Society members, having given for over 25 years. They were true members of the community, benefitting from and appreciating what it has to offer. They participated in many community organizations throughout their lives, including Golf Manor Synagogue, the JCC and Cedar Village. And when the time came, they were able to give back to this community that had enriched their own lives and to leave a precious legacy that will enrich our future for generations.”