Volunteers of the Month: Bob Bachrach and Jonathan Ginburg
Coming from every stage in life, volunteers are undoubtedly the heart and soul of our organization. They can bring a variety of ideas to JF&CS, regardless of their personal volunteer experience. Board members Bob Bachrach and Jonathan Ginburg couldn’t be more perfect examples. While they both bring invaluable knowledge to JF&CS, they are at different points in their lives while sharing the same passion for volunteering and giving back to their community.
Bob Bachrach and his wife Reba have been married for 47 years. He is a father of two, as well as a grandfather of two, who has been living in Atlanta for the past 28 years. Planning to retire after a career in retail and HR consulting, Bob had a change of heart and instead became executive director at Congregation Etz Chaim. Around the same time, Bob wanted to do some additional volunteer work, so he began to get involved with JF&CS. “I thought JF&CS would be a great organization for which I could volunteer,” he says. “The work they do and the manner in which they serve the community is very synergistic with my beliefs.” Bob started out by serving on the Developmental Disabilities Services Committee before he went through Tools for Leaders. Because of his background in HR consulting, Bob eventually was asked to chair the Careers Committee, which he did for a consecutive three years. Moreover, Bob also has served on the PP&E Committee, the Nominating Committee and the Bylaws Committee and worked on the strategic plan. Currently, he is the vice president of Board Development.
Jonathan Ginburg is a native Atlantan. After he graduated from Indiana University, he moved home to begin his career in advertising. As an alumni of both Greenfield Hebrew Academy and The Weber School, Jonathan was no stranger to Jewish Atlanta and knew he wanted to find a way to connect again. So, he attended Havinagala and later that year participated in Mitzvah Day, which helped him realize his passion was in young adult community involvement. He ended up serving on a Havinagala committee the following year, ultimately going on to further his involvement with VIA. Jonathan went through Tools for Leaders and is now serving as the VIA chair. He also sits on the Board Development Committee. Earlier this year, he was selected to attend the AJFCA Conference as one of the ambassadors of VIA for the new Young Adult Fellowship. “I came back from the conference with a lot of excitement and renewed energy,” he says. “I have found new ways to get involved with the organization, and I am really looking forward to what we build.” The aspiration to find new ways to get involved has come at a very good time. Jonathan and his wife Jessica recently welcomed their first child, Ezra. Together, they plan to make involvement at JF&CS a family affair.
“I feel so fortunate to work with such passionate and dedicated volunteers,” says Denise Deitchman, Manager of Volunteer Development. “Both Bob and Jonathan truly care about this organization and support the work that I do every day. They both bring creative energy and new ideas to the discussion and I am excited for many of our upcoming projects.”While Bob and Jonathan have diverse backgrounds and are in very different stages of life, one shared goal is certain; they both want to see JF&CS grow by continuing to be exposed to new people. Bob truly believes in the concept of Tikkun Olam and helping as many people as possible. “It is so important that we deliver services to the greater community, not just the Jewish Community,” Bob says. “We need to make our services widely known.” To Jonathan, a promising future for JF&CS lies within his generation- the next group of forthcoming leaders. “The future and success of the organization depends on my demographic,” he says. “We are at a point where this peer group cannot be ignored.”
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