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Hoffberger New CJF President

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Jerold C. Hoffberger, of Baltimore, has been elected president of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, the national body of more than 200 federations, welfare funds, and community councils serving over 800 communities in the United States and Canada. A former vice-president of the CJF and chairman of its advisory committee on community relations in the Middle East, he was elected to succeed Raymond Epstein of Chicago at the organization’s 44th General Assembly.

A prominent communal leader both nationally and in Baltimore, in non-sectarian as well as Jewish organizational life, Hoffberger is currently a national chairman of the United Jewish Appeal and chairman of the Distribution Committee of the Community Foundation of Baltimore.

Hoffberger, who lives in Riderwood, Maryland, is president of the Carling National Breweries, Inc., chairman of the Baltimore (Orioles) Baseball Club, and is an officer and director of numerous other business interests. In Baltimore, he is a member of the boards of Johns Hopkins and Sinai Hospitals, the Associated Jewish Charities and Welfare Fund and the Greater Baltimore Committee. He was named “Man of the Year” in 1966 by the Advertising Club of Baltimore and “Outstanding Man of Industry” in 1971 by the Baltimore Jaycees.

Prior to his elevation to the presidency of CJF, Hoffberger was chairman of its Institute for Jewish Life and a member and formerly founding chairman of the Boris Smolar Award Committee for excellence in North American Jewish journalism. Nationally he is a member of the board of governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel, a director of the United Israel Appeal and a member of the national committee of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Married, the father of four children, Hoffberger was educated at the University of Virginia and was a captain in the U.S. Army during World War II.

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