As a young professional in our Jewish community, Michael Portman is involved with Jewish Federation in several ways. He is a graduate of Federation's Statland Leadership Institute and a member of the Young Adults Division Board, serving as Events Chair.
What makes you say “yes” to Federation?
I said yes to Federation because they have been and continue to be a big part of supporting the Jewish community and the various Jewish organizations in the Kansas City metro. They provide programs and resources that reach community members of all ages.
What issues are you passionate about that the Federation helps to address?
There are many issues but I've always been invested in Jewish identity, education and involvement. The Federation has resources that they offer that allows for community members to get engaged and connect.
For those who have not yet said “yes” to Federation, or may be on the fence about it, what would you like them to know?
I'd say to those on the fence about saying "yes" to the Federation, your contribution will make a difference to not only you, but your fellow community members. It's a mitzvah to give tzedakah, also known as an act of good will, that will benefit YOUR community.