The St. Paul Jewish Federation has named longtime community leaders Don and Rhoda Mains, and Bonnie Resnick and Alan Milavetz to lead the 2020 Community Campaign. 

“We’re excited that Rhoda and Don, and Bonnie and Alan will chair our 2020 Community Campaign,” said Mark Adelman, Federation president. “Each of these individuals brings a strong commitment to Jewish life and to the growth and success of the St. Paul Jewish community to their leadership roles.”

“I love this community, and I love the Federation,” said Don Mains. “I’m stepping out of retirement to do what I can to make this a successful campaign.”

THE IMPORTANCE OF GIVING BACK

Don and Rhoda Mains have long legacies as community leaders having served on 19 boards between the two of them including the St. Paul JCC, Minnesota Hillel, Mount Zion Temple and Jewish Family Service of St. Paul. Don recalls asking college friends for gifts to support the fledgling state of Israel in 1948, and he was part of a young leadership group at the United Jewish Fund and Council (predecessor to the St. Paul Jewish Federation) in 1950. Rhoda came on board ten years later. Rhoda and Don each served as president of the St. Paul Jewish Federation as well.

“We in St. Paul have given generously to the Federation in the past and will continue to do so. We know that this wonderful community can meet the challenges today,” said Don and Rhoda. 

“I’m excited to take on this challenge with Alan, Rhoda and Don,” said Bonnie Resnick. “I like the idea of stepping up to do this now that Alan and I have four adult children, modeling for them the importance of giving back.” Currently a St. Paul Jewish Federation board member, Bonnie has also served on the boards of Talmud Torah of St. Paul and Beth Jacob Congregation. 

“Giving to Federation, which distributes our money to an array of Jewish organizations, is the best way to help Jews in St. Paul and around the world,” said Alan Milavetz, who served as Federation president from 2004 to 2007, and was a prior campaign chair, too. “It ensures that no organization and hopefully no individual goes without support.”

VOLUNTEER WITH RHODA, DON, BONNIE AND ALAN

The Federation Community Campaign, which begins January 2020, raises funds for Jewish needs in St. Paul, in Israel, and globally; and distributes it, using a community-driven, volunteer-led process, to the programs where it will have the most impact.

For information on working with our campaign chairs on the 2020 Community Campaign, contact Jeffrey Prottas, chief development officer, at 651-695-3185 or jprottas@stpaulfed.org