The mission of the Jewish Federation of Tulsa is to preserve and enhance Jewish life and well-being in Eastern Oklahoma, Israel, and the entire world.
This mission is being addressed by pursuing charitable, humanitarian, cultural, educational, health, and social service needs of the Jewish community as well as engaging in community relations and outreach and providing a variety of services to the broader Tulsa community.
The Jewish Federation of Tulsa was established on October 25, 1938, at the Mayo Hotel by Gershon Fenster, Julius Livingston, Howard Conhaim, Raymond Kravis, Henry Fist, Benedict Lubell, Travis Milsten, Claude H. Rosenstein, and Pug Meyers. The purpose was to informally discuss the problems confronting Tulsa Jewry and what could and should be done about them. The Tulsa Jewish community will always be grateful to these men of vision, wisdom, and Jewish consciousness.
The success of the Jewish Federation derives from an engaged Board of Directors, dedicated staff, generous donors, and an abundance of committed volunteers.
Our work is guided by these core values:
The Jewish Federation of Tulsa (JFT) is committed to being a transparent, adaptive, inclusive, and collaborative space. JFT strives to create a caring, and united community rooted in Jewish values and traditions. We embrace and value differences, such as ethnicity and national origin, religious denomination and spiritual practice, race, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic levels, and mental and physical ability.
Deepening our understanding of who we are begins with listening to the distinct voices that make up our Tulsa community. JFT has made a commitment to advancing and fostering inclusion and encouraging everyone to participate and understand Jewish life.
2020 Board of Directors
Angela Taubman, President
Dr. Myron Katz
Ed Sherman, President Elect
Jodi Finer Zalk
Deputy Executive Director of Finance and Administration
Alix Liiv Caplan
Deputy Director of Operations
Joy E. Platt
Deputy Director of Finance and Administration
Deputy Director of CSJCC
Deputy Director of SMM
Director of Holocaust Education
Branding, Marketing and Digital Content Consultant
We are always looking to learn and grow. We appreciate your feedback.
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2021 E. 71st Street
Tulsa, OK 74136