Jason Levine (32) comes from an Atlanta Jewish family with generosity deep in its bones. “My grandfather, Milton Weinstein, did a lot of good in the community. He was the second president of Federation, and though he was generally quite modest and often gave anonymously, his name is on some special places here, like the MJCCA preschool and the Weinstein Hospice. I’m proud to be his grandson and to participate in our family foundation,” Levine says, “but after I met and married Staci Eichelbaum, my appreciation for everything in Jewish Atlanta really peaked. Staci had only been in town for six months when we met, and she knew more Jews in Atlanta than I did!”
Staci Eichelbaum (28) is Director of Journeys and NextGen Philanthropy Federation, with a portfolio to engage and cultivate the group we call NextGen — a cohort that begins after college and runs up through young donors in their 40’s. She met Jason at a party and invited him to some Jewish and professional networking events that quickly expanded his view of what’s happening in Jewish Atlanta.
“I grew up here with an incredible group of friends who go back to high school, Temple Emanu-El, and my days in Jewish youth group. Today, we all live in Atlanta and are launching our lives and careers. I had no idea how much good was happening in the Jewish community until I was introduced to organizations like the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and Federation’s Innovation initiatives. Because of Staci, I applied and was accepted to their board of directors through the Global Leadership Initiative.
The couple has recently bought a home Intown and six months ago they decided to open a donor-advised fund through Atlanta Jewish Federation to manage their philanthropy. “Though my cousins and I have a voice in the allocation of funds through our family’s supporting foundation, the DAF gives Staci and me a way to target the things we care about. We’re still in the discovery phase of our giving, but I’d say that 80% of our philanthropy goes right back to Jewish Atlanta. You’re never too young to think about philanthropy or to open a DAF.”
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