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Our Vision

TOP has played a critical role in securing and sustaining the Jewish future of Central Florida's Jewish community. Now, in our fourth decade, we endeavor to serve all Jewish communities seeking robust investment oversight, white-glove service, pro-Israel and anti-terror investment approaches, and a personal relationship with the legacy that is created through Jewish philanthropy.

Our Story

Founded in 1980, TOP (Tampa Orlando Pinellas) Jewish Foundation adeptly manages over 700 funds for families, couples, organizations, and individuals with the goal of enhancing the charitable experience while ensuring our Jewish future. With a values-driven model, we continue to grow and develop, now serving communities outside our original core locale.

Meet the Team

We pride ourselves on our personal service. Each of us are ready to assist you in fulfilling your own philanthropic goals and vision.

Emilie Socash

Executive Director, 2012

Emilie got her start in Jewish nonprofits way back in the early 2000s as program director for a reconstructionist synagogue in Los Angeles. What she loves about Foundation work is the opportunity it presents to really change her home community.

Ellen Weiss

Associate Executive Director, 2016

After launching her career in marketing, Ellen has worked in the nonprofit world in various development and advocacy capacities. She is passionate about building a strong financial base for the Jewish community so that it may thrive for generations to come.

Maurice Hart

Controller, 2016

Our Lay Leadership

Jeff Herman, Pinellas, President

Craig Polejes, Orlando, Treasurer

Bill Kalish, Tampa, Secretary

Al Schiff, Tampa, Vice President Investments

Rachel Gebaide, Orlando, Vice President Legal

Tampa Trustees

David Gemunder

Michael Rosenbach

David Singer

Dan Sultan

Bonnie Wise

Michael Wuliger

Orlando Trustees

Burt Chasnov

Andrew Feinberg

Cherie Mazer

Craig Pearlman

Pinellas Trustees

Adam Abelson

Ben Diamond

Bryan Katz

Bob Kokol

Ed Marks

Louis Orloff

Joe Sterensis