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Jessica Claire
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Accomplished Jewish communal professional with over 15 years of experience in Jewish community organizations and Jewish educational institutions in the US and Israel. Advanced skills in grant writing and management, resource development, donor cultivation, and community outreach. Highly experienced in managing comprehensive multinational programs and initiatives involving multiple constituencies and stakeholders, project management and community building.

Skills & Expertise
  • Proven grant writing/grant management and proposal development experience.
  • Extensive fundraising and donor cultivation experience.
  • Strong committee and volunteer management and program implementation experience, including international project management.
  • Organizational leadership and community relationship building.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, excellent written skills and researching skills.
  • Fundraising events and community-wide outreach events.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a variety of strategic partners and agencies in the local and Jewish community.
  • Strong Jewish and Israeli background.
  • Knowledge of Palm Beach County Jewish Community.
  • Completely fluent in Spanish, Hebrew, and English.
12/2019 to Current
Grants Manager State Of Arkansas Jersey, AR,

Researched, wrote, and monitored grant opportunities that aligned with the mission of Alpert Jewish Family Services and Levine Jewish Residential Services. Responsible for grant writing and coordinating all components of grant development and submission of grant to various foundations and funders, including but not limited to private family foundations, federal and local government grants, and corporate giving opportunities. Strategically plan, identify, and coordinate grant opportunities based on the programmatic and financial needs and priorities of the agency.

Key Contributions and Accomplishments:

  • Conducted prospect research and identified potential funding sources and opportunities that aligned with the programs and mission of Alpert Jewish Family Service and Levine Jewish Residential Services.
  • Identified, vetted, and recommended new funding opportunities that brought in approximately $250,000 in new grants within the first 12 months.
  • Collaborated with appropriate agency professionals and program managers to create successful grant proposals for specific foundation/funders that met both the requirements of the funders and the needs of the specific agency programs. Worked in conjunction with designated program staff to identify priority projects and obtain necessary information for grant proposals.
  • Wrote and edited all proposals and concept papers in response to foundation, corporate, and government RFPs. Assembled and submitted grant requests, including letters, proposals, budgets, and presentations and complied with all follow-up reporting as required.
  • Strategically planned, maintained and tracked all required actions and records of each grant. Managed calendar of foundation, corporate and government RFP deadlines and grant reporting to ensure high quality and timely delivery.
2017 to 2020
Program Director, Jewish Disabilities Network The Michaels Organization Elk Grove, CA,

The Jewish Disabilities Network (JDN) is a collaborative initiative of Jewish agencies, organizations and synagogues working together to to create and retain a culture of inclusion within the Jewish community, foster a sense of belonging among individuals with disabilities and their families and connect them to the community. The Jewish Disabilities Network does this by working collaboratively with other organizations, synagogues, and local disabilities organizations to help increase awareness, provide opportunities for inclusion across the Jewish community, and offer Jewish oriented programs to people with disabilities of all ages and their families.

Key Contributions and Accomplishments:

  • Spearheaded a community visioning process by establishing a coalition of Jewish agencies and organizations and working collaboratively to develop a vision or model of inclusivity for the local Jewish community. The process included conducting focus groups with community members, gathering data, assessing the needs in the community, and making recommendations that would serve as the basis for creating the Jewish Disabilities Network.
  • Established JDN as a Disabilities Hub in the Jewish Community by creating disabilities-friendly community outreach programs that offered people of all abilities to participate, connect, and feel a sense of belonging in the Jewish community (i.e. Jewish Holiday programs, inclusive volunteer opportunities, and social programming).
  • Established partnerships with disabilities organizations outside of the Jewish community, such as Sea Turtle Adventures and the Special Needs Advisory Council, and non-Federated Jewish agencies, such as the Florida Society of Jewish Deaf, the Friendship Circle, and YACHAD to raise awareness and reach out to Jewish families who are not affiliated to the community whatsoever.
  • Worked collaboratively with other agencies and organizations in the Jewish community on strategic Planning of Outreach Programs for families with children with disabilities and adults with disabilities and developing inclusive opportunities throughout the community so that anyone who wants to participate can do so and ensuring that programs being offered are accessible to those who want to participate.
  • Facilitated cultural competency training for agencies, organizations, and professionals in the Jewish community.
2012 to 2016
Development Officer Jewish Federation Of Palm Beach County City, STATE,

Development Officer in the Boynton Beach/Lake Worth area focusing on two major target audiences: 55+ gated communities and country clubs, and young family communities. Utilizing my strong programming and community building background, I reached out to the ever-growing Young Families cohort in the South to increase Federation’s donor base and raise awareness of Federation’s vital role in the community.

Key Contributions and Accomplishments:

  • Developed strategic direction for the area in conjunction with lay leadership that focused on recovering past donors, increasing giving levels and reaching out to new donors. Developed a strong leadership that helped raise over $780,000 for the Annual Campaign each year.
  • Successfully planned and implemented Super Sundays and volunteer led phone-a-thons that brought in about 20% of the total Campaign dollars raised each year.
  • Collaborated with Federation departments and local Jewish agencies to implement outreach programs in the area, educational lectures at gated communities and parlor meetings with political and informational speakers, and programming for young families and young professionals under the age of 45 with NextGen and the Jewish Community Center.
  • Created a successful family outreach program for Tu B’shevat at Bedners’ Farm that attracted over 100 young families in its first year and more than 300 in its second year by working collaboratively with the NextGen (Young Adults Cohort), Jewish Community Center, PJ Library, Meyer Academy Hebrew Day School, and local synagogues. The program became a flagship program for reaching out to young families and has been replicated by the South Palm Beach PJ Library program.
  • Successfully planned and implemented community Federation fundraising events, such as Golf Days, Casino Nights, and lectures in a variety of country clubs and gated communities and worked closely with leadership to develop a strategic direction for the area that focused on growth and outreach.
2005 to 2012
Assistant Director, Israel & Overseas Department Jewish Federation Of Palm Beach County City, STATE,

Provided direct oversight of Partnership 2000 programs (a sister city program), and all Israel engagement programming, including Israel Teen experiences. Assisted with oversight and management of Federation’s Ethiopian-Israeli educational initiatives and its initiatives in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Key Contributions and Accomplishments:

  • Designed, oversaw and implemented programming with the goal to strengthen the local community’s connection to Israel and foster a sense of Jewish peoplehood, including all Teen Israel experience educational and leadership development programs. Supervised Israel Teen experience staff, Israel Associate, and Community Shlichim (Emissaries) and implementation of programs geared to connect local youth to Israel.
  • Provided oversight, management, and strategic direction for Partnership 2000 programs. Revitalized volunteer committee, enlarging circles of participation and engaging volunteer leadership in a strategic visioning process for Partnership 2000.
  • Oversaw the process of allocations to Overseas programs by working in conjunction with lay and professional leadership and Federation’s overseas partners, Jewish Agency for Israel, American Joint Distribution Committee, and the Ethiopian National Project.
  • Planned, oversaw, and implemented Overseas partner delegations to the local community. Coordinated VIP visits, missions, and delegations to Israel and the former Soviet Union.
Education and Training
Expected in 2005
Master of Arts: Cognition and Language acquisition
The Hebrew University - Jerusalem,
Expected in 2001
Bachelor of Arts: Sociology
The Hebrew University - Jerusalem,

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School Attended

  • The Hebrew University
  • The Hebrew University

Job Titles Held:

  • Grants Manager
  • Program Director, Jewish Disabilities Network
  • Development Officer
  • Assistant Director, Israel & Overseas Department


  • Master of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts

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