Meet the UJEF Team
Contact a member of the endowment team at Endowment@ShalomDC.org.
Melissa 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
Elizabeth 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.
Marla 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.
Linda 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.