The Jewish National Fund has hired Jeff Koch as its new campaign director of Pittsburgh.
Previously, Koch served as the senior regional director of BBYO. During his nearly twenty years with the organization, Koch worked in Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Richmond, Virginia.
Koch is familiar with both the city and its Jewish community. He attended college at the University of Pittsburgh and worked at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill while volunteering in various capacities, including coaching youth travel basketball and baseball.
“I am so excited to join this wonderful organization,” Koch said in a press release. “I have devoted more than 21 years to teaching, mentoring and inspiring the young leaders in our community.”
JNF Director of the Ohio Valley Eric Goldstein looks forward to working with Koch. “We are excited for Jeff to come onboard, as we work toward educating the community about JNF’s vital mission to create a more prosperous future for the land and people of Israel,” Goldstein said.
According to its website, since 1901 JNF has assisted with the “greening” of Israel building parks, planting trees, creating communities and bolstering Israel’s water supply. JNF claims it is the largest provider of Zionist programs in the United States working in seven areas: forest and green innovations; water solutions; community building; Zionist education and advocacy; research and development; heritage sites; and disabilities and special needs. PJC