Connecting Jewish Tulsa

Who We Are


Our Mission

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.

Our Values

The success of the Jewish Federation derives from an engaged Board of Directors, dedicated staff, generous donors, and an abundance of committed volunteers.

Fostering a connected and collaborative Jewish community, characterized by respect, empathy, and understanding.

Continuously improving the quality of life of all Tulsans, as well as our partners in Israel and abroad, through philanthropic giving of our resources and time. 

Sustaining the culture, traditions, and collective memory of the Jewish people, through innovative intergenerational programming that is meaningful, educational, and fun. 

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 is committed to advancing and fostering inclusion and encouraging everyone to participate and understand Jewish life.


Umbrella Organizations


The Jewish Federation of Tulsa is the umbrella for The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art and the Charles Schusterman Jewish Community Center.

Separate entities also housed on the Zarrow campus are  Mizel Jewish Community Day School and Zarrow Pointe Retirement Center

Jewish Federation of Tulsa Historical Timeline


Board of Directors

  • PRESIDENT – Jared Goldfarb
  • VICE PRESIDENT – Michael Mudd
  • TREASURER – Brad Sanditen
  • SECRETARY – Brian Brouse
  • SMMJA BOARD CHAIR – David Patterson
  • PAST PRESIDENT – Ed Sherman
  • David Patterson, SMMJA Board Chair
  • Ben Aussenberg
  • Randee Charney
  • Ed Kaplan
  • Matt Katz
  • Vyacheslav Khrapak
  • Karen Kiely
  • Michael Lerner
  • Jillian Roberts
  • Yonatan Schmidt
  • Barbara Winder
  • Klara Bode
  • Tyler Coretz
  • Jennifer Joels
  • Jackie Laskey
  • Itzik Levin
  • Mark Lobo
  • Brae Riley
  • John Sieler
  • Eva Unterman
  • Jodi Finer Zalk
  • Brian Brouse
  • John Clayman
  • Gloria Estlin
  • Larry Feldman
  • Lori Frank
  • Dr. Myron Katz
  • Alex Goldberg
  • Lynn Schusterman
  • Ed Sherman
  • Jon Stolper
  • Andrew Wolov
  • Stephen Zeligson


Wendy Thomas
Interim Executive Director, JFT, CSJCC, SMMJA

Robert Sauceda
Deputy Director of Finance

Holly Hughes
Executive Assistant

Shahaf Feinkuchen
Israeli Emissary

Chloe Chappell
Director of Community Relations and Outreach

Isabella Silberg
Director of Development and Programming

Sandy Sloan
Director of Marketing and Communications;
Editor, Tulsa Jewish Review

Stephanie Krautheim
Marketing and Design Specialist

Sarah Winkelman
Digital Marketing and Advertising Manager, Tulsa Jewish Review

Katherine Jackson
Accounting Associate


Martha Kelley
Deputy Director of CSJCC

Laura Allen
Director of Community Outreach and Membership

Hannah Bakewell
Fitness Manager 

Benny Ortiz
Fitness Associate

Shelly Callahan
Accounts Payable & Receivable; CSJCC Membership

Falisha Brown
Front Desk Supervisor; Social Services Coordinator

Mitchell Medrano
Facilities Manager

Zach Brown
Maintenance Tech

Debra Clark
Maintenance Assistant

Angelica Callis
Maintenance Assistant


Tracey Herst-Woods
Deputy Director of SMMJA; Chief Museum Officer

Greg Falconetti
Chief Archivist & Registrar; Director of Exhibit and Library Services

Sofia Thornblad
Chief Curator; Director of Collections and Holocaust Education

Melissa Foster
Front Desk Services/Museum Assistant