Meet the UJEF Team

Contact a member of the endowment team at Endowment@ShalomDC.org.

melprofile051616Melissa Amster is the Administrative Assistant for the United Jewish Endowment Fund, and has been working for Federation for the last seven years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Illinois State University. Prior to Federation, she was employed in medical billing. Outside of the office, Melissa can be found spending time with her family or reading (and blogging about books). She grew up in the Chicago suburbs and lived in Northern New Jersey for two years before moving to the Greater Washington area.

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sarah-arenstein-full-colorSarah Arenstein is the Senior Philanthropic Officer at The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s United Jewish Endowment Fund, overseeing the Create a Jewish Legacy program, building relationships with legacy donors and expanding UJEF’s work in the area of multi-generational family philanthropy. She has been certified as a multi-generational family philanthropy advisor and trainer through 21/64, nationally recognized family philanthropy experts.

Previously, as Director of Federation’s Young Leadership division, Sarah served as bridge between young adults and Federation, building community among donors and helping them connect to Federation’s annual campaign. She spent five years building a strategic stewardship process and developing innovative initiatives and programs to connect young adults to the Jewish community.

Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Sarah received a B.S. in Communication from Boston University in 2009. She became inspired by Federation’s work when, as a teenager, she traveled to Ethiopia on a Federation mission and experienced firsthand the process of rescue and resettlement of Ethiopian Jews in Israel.

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beth-photoElizabeth Goldstein joined the United Jewish Endowment Fund in 2007 as the Deputy Director of the Federation’s United Jewish Endowment Fund and In House General Counsel.  She brought to the Endowment Fund eight years of experience in planned giving, including as the Director of Planned Giving for Trinitas Hospital in New Jersey.  Before entering the field of gift planning, Ms. Goldstein was the Director of the Medco Foundation, a grant making corporate foundation.  She is an attorney with a law degree from Stanford Law School and an inactive member of the California, New York, New Jersey, and District of Columbia bars.

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marla-portraitMarla Hecht Hurwitz is the Endowment Associate for the United Jewish Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.  She holds a BSBA in Marketing from Boston University and an MBA from Pace University.  Marla has been with the Jewish Federation for 18 years and with the Endowment Department for the past 6 years.   She and her husband Michael are members of B’nai Israel and the Bender JCC of Greater Washington.   Marla is interested in her family genealogy and collects rare Wedgwood and vintage Royal Albert China.

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avital-photo-ccdAvital Ingber has spent the last decade building community and enhancing Jewish life in Greater Washington. She is the chief development officer for the Financial Resource Development Department and managing director of the United Jewish Endowment Fund at The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. She oversees the strategy and procurement of all philanthropic resources for the organization. Avital also serves as a philanthropic advisor to families engaging multiple generations in their philanthropic decisions. She has been certified as a multi-generational family philanthropy advisor and trainer through 2/64, nationally recognized family philanthropy experts. Prior to this role, Avital served as the managing director of Financial Resource Development , where she spent two years building Federation’s Network, a place for business and civic leaders to connect to Federation.

Previously, as director of Young Leadership at the Federation, Avital spent four years creating cutting-edge and nationally replicated programming and engagement tools for Jewish young adults. She partnered with Birthright Israel NEXT DC to develop initiatives for the nearly 18,000 alumni in the DC area. She has a love for Israel and has brought more than 600 people on trips to Israel throughout the last ten years. Before she joined Federation, Avital worked for a communications firm doing marketing and corporate partnerships for non-profits and foundations. Avital received her Executive Masters in Leadership from the Georgetown School of Business and her B.A. from the Kogod School of Business at American University.

Avital lives in the heart of Washington, DC and loves to travel, visiting at least one new country every single year.

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use-meLinda P. Kraner is the Senior Manager for Grants for United Jewish Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Non-Profit Management from the University of Maryland. Linda has been with the Jewish Federation for 25 years and has worked in Financial Resource Development and Community and Global Impact in addition to her 10 years working with the grants process.  She and her husband Kenny are the proud parents of three daughters.

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amyAmy Moffatt joined JFGW in 2016 as Donor Relations Associate for the United Jewish Endowment Fund. She comes to Federation with a financial services background having worked in compliance and as a financial advisor. She holds a BS in marketing and an MBA from Syracuse University. In addition to her interest in money and investing, she loves to read, is a big ballet fan and tries to get to her 5:45am boot camp class when she can.

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adamnilsenheadshotAdam Nilsen is the FRD Operations Officer. After graduating from the University of Maryland in 2014 with a degree in Finance and Marketing, Adam joined the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s United Jewish Endowment Fund as the Donor Relations Associate. His passion for interacting with donors along with his knack for manipulating data allowed him to grow into his new donor focused, data driven, role as the Endowment Relations Officer. Aside from time spent in the office, Adam can almost always be found outside running, hiking or biking all over the Greater Washington Area.