Meet the Presidents

by | Aug 30, 2013 | Other News

Terri Sarfan

Terri Sarfan

Terri Tavss Sarfan, president, Simon Family Jewish Community Center

Jack-of -all-trades/ Master of none

Bachelor of Science in Marketing, Virginia Commonwealth University

Married to Lonny Sarfan
Two daughters: Alex and Stephanie
Four-legged son: Ollie.

Jewish organizations
United Jewish Federation of Tidewater: past board member, Women’s Cabinet
Hebrew Academy of Tidewater: past president
Beth Sholom Village: past board member
Jewish Family Service: past board member

Favorite Jewish holiday

Most memorable personal Jewish milestone
As wonderful and meaningful as my daughters’ namings and Bat-Mitzvahs were, I think I need to say that my most Jewishly meaningful events were the funeral and Shiva periods for my parents.

Ties to the Tidewater Jewish community
Being born and raised here in Tidewater, I have had the opportunity to have lifelong connections to friends and institutions.

Most admired Jewish leader
Lonny, because he encouraged me to get involved.

What other positions have you held with the JCC ?
I have served the JCC on many committees over many years, including serving as vice president of programming and as treasurer.

Why have you chosen to devote so much time to the JCC ?
I believe that the JCC is the entry point for many in our community; especially young families. From my youth at JCC camp, to my daughters’ preschool days, to my present day board work, I have established many new friendships through the JCC.

What would you like people to know about the JCC ?
I want people to visit and learn that we offer everything from infant care, childcare, Jewish learning, BBYO, teen leadership, an amazing Film Festival, world class authors at our book fair, community celebrations such as Israel Festival, Camp JCC, Kids Connection…and AN AMAZING fitness facility.

What are your goals as president?
My main goal as president is to increase our membership. I want the Jewish community to step up and help us reach that goal!