|[Sarasota, FL – December 3, 2012] AJC (American Jewish Committee) West Coast Florida is reaching new heights as the Leader in Global Jewish Advocacy in the southeastern United States. AJC’s talented Regional Director, Brian Lipton, has collaborated with lay leaders during his six years with AJC, elevating West Coast Florida to one of AJC’s most successful regional offices.
Mr. Lipton is thrilled to announce that Anne M. Virag has been unanimously elected AJC Regional President effective January 1, 2013. Ms. Virag became engaged with AJC locally in 2010 as co-chair of its Human Relations Award Dinner honoring her longtime partner, the late Nate Benderson. Desiring to help further AJC’s mission of enhancing the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel and advancing democratic values worldwide, Ms. Virag joined AJC’s Regional Board and then advanced to Regional Vice President. In that role, she has addressed critical issues in the thoughtful and measured way that AJC handles its diplomacy.
Anne Virag is an active volunteer with Kobernick House, Anchin Pavilion and the Benderson Family Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She is a Board Member of Nate’s Honor Sanctuary, an animal adoption agency, and a supporter of Sarasota Youth Orchestra. Ms. Virag is a member of Temple Emanu-El in Sarasota, and a life member of both Temple Beth Israel in Longboat Key, FL and Temple Beth Zion in Buffalo, N.Y.
Since 2009, AJC West Coast Florida, headquartered in Sarasota, has experienced tremendous growth under the leadership of Regional President, Sue Jacobson. She has been instrumental in increasing membership, developing new leaders, bringing international speakers to the region, and building bridges with interfaith groups. Ms. Jacobson has published articles, met with local and national political leaders, and helped boost attendance at AJC’s Global Forum in Washington,DC, where local delegates meet with world leaders. She is looking forward to continuing her involvement with AJC and serving on its Executive Committee.
Stan Rutstein, AJC’s newly elected Vice President, joins current Vice Presidents Gerri Aaron, Ina Rae Levy, Flori Roberts and Stuart Siegel. Fran Blum, AJC National Board of Governors member, will continue as Regional Secretary. David Chaifetz, an AJC National Board of Governors member, and his wife Edie, along with Phyllis and Sol Steingard, are delighted to be newly elected Regional Board Members, and look forward to advancing AJC’s mission, locally, nationally and globally.
For more than 100 years, AJC has sought to advance the peace and security of the Jewish people around the world. To learn more about AJC, please visit www.ajc.org.