1050 Chinoe Road
Suite 112
Lexington KY 40502-6571
Contact Information
Address 1050 Chinoe Road
Suite 112
Lexington, KY 40502 6571
Phone (859) 268-0672
Fax 859 268-0775
Contact Name Tamara Ohayon
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1977
Former Names
Central Kentucky Jewish Federation, Inc.
Central Kentucky Jewish Association, Inc
Central Kentucky UJA & Federated Charities Allocation Board
Federated Jewish Charities of Lexington, Ky.
Spinoza Society
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer JFB is able to accept donations in many ways including, but not limited to, in-kind donations, vehicle donations, pledges and payments by credit card over the phone or in the office, or checks or money orders by mail. 
Additional opportunities for giving may be discussed with our Executive Director, Tamara Ohayon by calling the office or emailing her directly to 
Other Documents
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
The mission of the Federation is to serve the Jewish people and its ideals locally, in Israel, and throughout the world.  Through coordinated fundraising, community wide programming, social services, educational and other activities, the Federation seeks to:
  1. Build community
  2. Provide assistance for those in need
  3. Enhance Jewish identity
  4. Develop effective Jewish leaders
  5. Combat anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination
  6. Foster an understanding of Jewish culture and religion
Background Statement
As early as the latter half of the 1800s, Jews were living in the Central Kentucky area and forming charitable and fraternal organizations.  In 1915, the small groups banded together to form the Federated Jewish Charities of Lexington.  In this manner, they could have a greater impact in addressing both local needs and support for poor Jewish communities in Europe.  In 1932 the Council of Jewish Federations (CJF), a national organization was formed for this purpose, and locally the Federated Charities Allocation Board evolved.  In 1939 the national organization United Jewish Appeal (UJA) was created, and the local organization followed suit, becoming the Central Kentucky UJA.  After WWII, the national groups and their local affiliates primarily served refugees & displaced persons, the poor here and abroad, and the fledgling state of Israel.
Separately, in 1968 Camp Shalom was established. In 1972, Camp Shalom became part of a group called the Jewish Community Association, whose focus was more toward local needs, but some attention was paid to larger issues.
In 1977, the Central KY. UJA and the Jewish Community Association merged to form the first incorporated charity:  The Central Kentucky Jewish Association, Inc.  In 1986, the organization became the Central Kentucky Jewish Federation, Inc.  This local organization affiliated with the larger national community in serving the needs of both local communities and the needs of people in Israel.  In the year 2000, the CJF and the UJA merged to form a national parent organization called United Jewish Communities (UJC). 
In 2009 the UJC once again transformed itself to better meet the modern dynamics of local, regional, and international concerns and became the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA).  On January 1, 2010, our local affiliated organization became the Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass, Inc.
Impact Statement

Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass, Inc. (JFB) is one of 157 Jewish Federations and over 300 network communities across the continent—Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA)—which raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually for social welfare, social services and educational needs. The Federation movement, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning).

Locally JFB works to support and enhance life for the Jewish population of Lexington and the surrounding area. Throughout the year JFB sponsors and facilitates celebrations, commemorations, educational opportunities, cultural events, and social activities which enhance Jewish life. JFB also extends support to the broader community by co-sponsoring arts and culture events, and community and university programs, which focus on Jewish history, as well as programs which work to combat anti-Semitism and discrimination wherever they may occur.

As a small staff and dedicated volunteer corps, Jewish Federation strives to do more with less. Despite the continued economic downturn and increased need for financial assistance, the JFB staff and its volunteers have established new programs and giving opportunities: the Global Day of Jewish Learning launched locally in November 2011, in only the second year of the program internationally; PJ Library, which provides free Jewish books and CDs for young children, is growing; our Women’s Division found new life in an annual social fundraiser dinner; and a strong relationship was forged with the Blue Grass Community Foundation to establish new endowment opportunities for our donors. JFB is also excited to continue its relationship with the Girl Scouts Wilderness Council and use of their Camp Shawano site for our youth summer day camp, Camp Shalom.

Needs Statement
As cost-of-living expenses rise and the economic downturn remains stagnant, the need for financial assistance within the Jewish community seems to be rising. As a small organization Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass is working to build endowments and vital designated giving, but our general campaign losses are yet to be overcome. At this time of financial crisis it is more important than ever for those who can give to do so, for the good of the Jewish community.
Our most pressing needs remain to meet increasing costs of current aid and programming, and to increase our ability to financially support those people and organizations in need locally, nationally, in Israel and around the world.  
CEO/Executive Director Statement

To be a Jew today means to be part of a continuum stretching back to Abraham and Sarah and stretching forth to countless generations of their descendants. It means living the lessons taught by grandparents and parents and transmitting those living lessons to our children and grandchildren, thereby ensuring the continuum carries on into the future. Those lessons include ethical principles such as service to others, tzedakah (charity), education, and social justice. They also include the support and involvement in the Jewish community and its institutions to achieve these goals. We have been instructed by our tradition in how to treat our families, our neighbors, our employees, strangers, animals, and the environment. We have shown the world how a barren desert can become green, and how refugees from all over the world can become an educated, productive people. From the smallest European villages to the largest American cities, in Israel and around the world, tikkun olam (repairing the world) is our calling and our greatest achievement. The Federation is our connection through which you, too, can be part of this calling.  

Board Chair Statement

We, as a community, have a responsibility to ensure that Jewish communal life – and all that is inherent in it – grows and continues through the generations. Judaism has endured throughout the centuries because of the strength of communal bond and common belief. No matter where we travel in the world, there is a familiarity and comfort level in contacting the local Jewish community. There is a sense of common purpose and goal: that the Jewish community is a worldwide one, based on the same principles and on caring for one another and the larger community around us.

How do we accomplish this connectivity and continuity? We teach by example. We have to show the generations following us - our children and grandchildren - that joyfully and thoughtfully embracing Jewish life is part of the fiber of our being and is something to celebrate every day throughout our lives. That being Jewish is not only a religious belief, but a moral, caring, historical, and communal bond.

Through the efforts of the Federation, our whole community is enhanced, both Jews and non-Jews, not just for now but for the future - when today's adults become senior citizens, when today's youth will have children of their own and convey the same sense of community to them. This is how we ensure the future, by doing ourselves and by making the decisions that will continue to connect the future with the past, in tradition and caring, for each other and the broader community. 

Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Alliances & Advocacy
Tertiary Organization Category Human Services / Family Services
Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County
Rowan County
Harrison County
Franklin County
Clark County
Jessamine County
Scott County
Bourbon County
Madison County
Pulaski County
Lincoln County
Woodford County
Bath County

The reach of JFB’s services are loosely defined by "Central Kentucky” encompassing all of the Bluegrass and as far as Lawrenceburg and Bardstown in the west, Corbin in the south, Ashland in the east, and Cynthiana in the north. Our service area primarily includes, but is not limited to, these boundaries. 

Board Chair
Board Chair Evalyn Block
Company Affiliation Lexington-Fayette Schools
Term June 2016 to June 2018
Board Members
Treasurer/Exec. Comm. Dianne Bazell Community VolunteerVoting
At-Large Marcia Blacker RetiredVoting
President Evalyn Block Fayette County Public SchoolsVoting
Secretary/Exec. Comm. Gayle Bourne Community VolunteerVoting
At-Large Jane Chaput RetiredVoting
Havurah Gail Cohen RetiredVoting
At-Large Lorne Dechtenberg Director of Bluegrass Opera CompanyVoting
Vice-Pres/Exec. Comm. Amy Faust Mayer EducatorVoting
At-Large Jenn Garlin University of KentuckyVoting
At-Large/Exec. Comm. Michael Grossman CLARK Material Handling CompanyVoting
TAI Joseph (Mickey) Hernandez University of KentuckyVoting
At-Large Angie Ornstein Miller Wells PLLCVoting
At-Large Linda Ravvin Community VolunteerVoting
At-Large/Exec. Comm. Seth Salomon Salomon & CompanyVoting
At-Large Ken Slepyan Translyvania UniversityVoting
B'nai B'rith Martin Solomon RetiredVoting
At-Large Paul Tillier Community VolunteerVoting
At Large Elissa Weinstein TAIVoting
OZS Sue Westerman Lab technicianVoting
At-Large Judy Worell RetiredVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 20
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 13
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 2%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Program / Program Planning
CEO Comments A copy of our Board Member's Agreement is available upon request.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Tamara L. Ohayon
Term Start July 2016

Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 100
Contractors 26
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Daniel Chejfec 1999 - Sept 2008
Mrs. Judy B. Wortman May 2008 - July 2016
Senior Staff
Title Administrator & Bookkeper
Kathie joined our team in Fall of 2012
Title Director of Jewish Family Services

Mimi joined our team in the Fall of 2012.

Title Coordinator of Informal Jewish Education

Talia was rehired in June of 2014

Title Editor-In-Chief, Shalom newspaper

Rabbi David Wortman graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BA degree. He subsequently received degrees or Certificates from: the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (BHL, MAHL, Ordination, DD), Yale University (MA, MPhil); La Salle University (Cert. in Non-Profit Management); University of Delaware (Cert. Web Master); Council for Relationships (candidate for Cert. in Marriage and Family Therapy).

Wortman has served as a rabbi, as well as: Executive Director of the Board of Rabbis/Jewish Chaplaincy Service of Greater Philadelphia; Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Philadelphia; Adjunct Professor in the religion departments of – Albertus Magnus College, Yale University, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Seminary and St. Joseph’s University. He has also taught Bible at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Gratz College. While at St. Joseph’s, he taught an annual course in the Theology Dept. entitled, “Jewish and Christian Responses to the Holocaust.”

Wortman has delivered papers and lectures and is widely published in both academic and Jewish contexts.

He is married to Judy Wortman, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass. He and Judy have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. He moved to Lexington in August 2009.

Title Marketing Support Staff
Experience/Biography  Kasey Hall is a Lexington native who loves her hometown. She graduated from the University of Kentucky's College of Design with a Bachelor's degree in Architecture. Early on, she found her niche in the 2-dimensional world and has been operating as a freelance designer since 2006, specializing in branding, logo, and promotional design. She joined the JFB team as the Graphic Designer in the spring of 2014. Kasey works closely with Assistant Director, Tamara Ohayon, to keep JFB's visual outreach beautiful and modern. Kasey joined the JFB team in the spring of 2014.
Title .
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
CEO Comments
Our summer camp, Camp Shalom, is fully licensed and insured and maintains a valid LFUCG Health and Family Services Operating Permit. Camp counselors and staff receive Red Cross first-aid training every year to insure the health and safety of the children in attendance each summer.  Senior Camp staff receive Red Cross CPR and First Aid training as needed. Camp Shalom has a minimum of 6 adult staff on the premises at all times. Safety is our first concern.  

Social Services thru JFB are primarily run by our Jewish Family Services (JFS) social worker and supporting volunteers. Direct services include, but are not limited to: need-based emergency financial aid; visitation, information and referral services for the sick and home-bound; youth scholarships for regional and local Jewish summer camps, as well as Israel peer-group educational travel and study-abroad programs; Jewish Family Life Education programs; monthly Arts and Adventures programs for the active elderly. All information and referral services, financial aid, and other individual services through our social worker are completely confidential.

Population Served , ,
JFB offers a variety of opportunities for children, families, and young adults.

• PJ Library - Mails free, high-quality Jewish children's literature and music to families across the continent on a monthly basis. It is a Jewish family engagement program implemented on a local level throughout North America.

• Camp Shalom - A two week summer day camp in Lexington, KY. Our non-denominational program provides a comfortable setting for children from all streams of Judaism to come together and learn about Jewish culture, history, and identity regardless of their individual background or level of observance. Camp Shalom is open to youth ages 4 through 14.
• Youth Groups and Teen Program Support -There are currently two youth groups in the community - a chapter of the National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) called TRYB, sponsored by Temple Adath Israel and a new group, BBYO, open to all teens in the community, currently in formation. The Jewish Federation supports the Jewish community’s teens by providing assistance for youth group members to attend programs and conventions, as well as providing scholarships for teens to attend Jewish resident camps or participate in organized trips to Israel. Learn more about scholarships and camperships by contacting the office.
• Young Bluegrass Jews - YBJ is a gathering of local Jewish adults, ages 21 to “40-ish” (about 45), who get together monthly for social events. Join our mailing list! Contact Tamara Ohayon at, (859) 268-0672, or find us on Facebook.
• National Young Leadership (NYL) - Generosity in Action. The Jewish Federations of North America is a network for meaningful philanthropy and hands-on volunteerism by translating Jewish values into social action on behalf of millions. National Young leadership gives you a place to explore your interests, meet others, have fun, and make a difference in the world through your actions. Learn more at
Population Served , ,
Federation hosts several holiday and educational events throughout the year which are open to all.
  • Global Day of Jewish Learning - This global project by the Aleph Society encourages Jewish communities around the world to learn about a aspects of Judaism which relate to a pre-determined theme. Locally, we bring scholars and guest lecturers from our own community to lead interesting workshops, discussions, or lectures relating to the year's theme. We always have at least one program for children and often have workshops relating to the arts, movement and meditation, or anything unique that can add to the day. Learn more about Global Day here.
  • One Book Jewish Lexington - The whole community is invited to read the same book with a Jewish theme and come together for a book discussion group.
  • Winter Dinner - A community dinner at a local restaurant, usually during Hanukkah and always in December.
  • Yom Ha'Atzmaut - Our community has celebrated Israel's day of Independence many ways in the past, with community festivals, concerts, film screenings, and special guests.
  • Yom HaShoah - In recent years, this community-wide Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration has been very well attended. We light memorial candles, have choir music, award local school children for essays written about the Holocaust, and also have roundtable discussions either about a film or about specific Holocaust related topics.
  • Monthly Lunch and Learns - On the last Tuesday of each month, JFB welcomes one of a rotation of local rabbis to present a topic for discussion relating to Judaism and Jewish life. Also, JFB hosts Chabad of Kentucky on the second Tuesday of the month for their lunch and learn.
Population Served , ,
The Annual Campaign is the lifeblood of the Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass. With contributions from our generous donors, the Federation is able to serve our local Jewish community and provide programs and assistance to our sisters and brothers in Israel and in endangered Jewish communities throughout the world. From caring for our seniors to providing PJ Library books and Camp Shalom for our children, your campaign dollars help us celebrate Jewish life and care for those in need.
There are many opportunities to get involved and give to Federation including:
Annual Campaign events
Equine Division
Women's Philanthropy Division
Legacy gifts
Vehicle and boat donations
Program specific donations
Gifts in honor or memory of someone
Gifts of appreciated stock or other investments
Population Served , ,
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Freedom March/Festival Sponsor and participant
Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice participant
JCCA - Jewish Community Centers Association 
EFSP - Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board
JAFI - Jewish Agency for Israel
JFNA - Jewish Federations of North America (our parent organization)
JCPA - Jewish Council for Public Affairs
AJFCA - Association of Jewish Family and Children's Agencies
BlueGrass Community Foundation
Israel Action Network
Taglit-Birthright Israel
Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence 
U.K. Nonprofit Leadership Initiative2008
Outstanding Leadership during Operation MosesUnited Jewish Appeal1985
Taglit's 5 year anniversary award to outstanding sponsorsTaglit Birthright Israel1999
President's Club AwardState of Israel Bonds2001
25 Years of ServiceUnited Jewish Communities2001
Israel Emergency Campaign outstanding supportUnited Jewish Communities2002
2002 Outstanding AchievementUnited Jewish Communities2003
2004 Sapir Award for Campaign ExcellenceUnited Jewish Communities2005
2007 Season Building Project (438 E. 4th St.)Habitat for Humanity2007
Hana's Suitcase projectLexington Children's Theatre2007
Outstanding support for IsraelState of Israel Bonds2007
Appreciation for outstanding supportBen Yakir Youth Village2008
Outstanding SupportBen Yakir Youth Village2009
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $367,268.00
Projected Expenses $366,668.00
Endowment Value $45,582.44
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$314,546$337,284$332,339
Investment Income, Net of Losses$3,894$2,992$4,304
Membership Dues------
Special Events$5,772--$4,272
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$228,815$181,186$222,204
Administration Expense$95,173$79,343$87,931
Fundraising Expense$65,852$94,644$43,436
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.971.041.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses59%51%63%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue18%28%13%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$159,270$272,565$255,387
Current Assets$246,135$270,534$252,834
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$7,371$8,169$5,131
Total Net Assets$351,899$264,396$250,256
Form 990s
2015 Form 990
2014 990 2014
2013 Form 990
2012 2012 990
2010 IRS 990
2009 990EZ Part 1
2009 990EZ Part 2
2008 IRS 990
2007 IRS 990
2006 IRS 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments Our budget should reflect no major changes in the past 2 years. Fundraising has been stable.
Address 1050 Chinoe Road
Suite 112
Lexington, KY 405026571
Primary Phone 859 268-0672
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Tamara L. Ohayon
Board Chair Evalyn Block
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lexington-Fayette Schools