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Jason Pressberg Named A4BGU Development Director For D.C. Area

Jason Pressberg Named A4BGU Development Director For D.C. Area

January 12, 2024

Leadership, Awards & Events

Jason Pressberg the A4BGU Development Director for Baltimore and Greater Washington, D.C. area

J More Living — Jason Pressberg describes himself as a “tremendous fan” of Israel’s founder and first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion.

So it’s apropos that Pressburg recently assumed a new position as director of development at Americans for Ben-Gurion University (A4BGU) for the Baltimore and Greater Washington, D.C., communities.

“It has been very fulfilling to learn how the organization not only has the mission to raise funds to support the growth of the university and the Negev — the largest entity in the Negev, as the largest employer, school and research center — but then also to raise awareness around who Ben-Gurion was and his teachings, accomplishments and leadership,” Pressberg said. “It’s very exciting to now be tasked with being the person to reach out to the Baltimore and Greater Washington Jewish communities and beyond, to educate them on the impact they can have on Israel.”

In addition to partnering with synagogues and other local Jewish organizations, A4BGU forges connections in the Baltimore and Greater Washington communities through its Zin Fellows Leadership Program, an in-depth immersion into the issues involved in the continuing development of the Negev.

“Partnering with others who understand how important it is for American Jews to stand up for our community and for Israel — especially Ben-Gurion University, which has been so unbelievably affected by the war — it’s very inspiring to be a part of the team and to play a small role in a much larger movement,” said Pressberg, who earned his master’s degree in Jewish professional leadership at Brandeis University.

Keren M. Waranch, chief development officer for A4BGU and a resident of the Montgomery County town of Kensington, said Pressberg is joining the organization at a crucial juncture.

“The A4BGU communities in both Baltimore and Greater Washington are deeply committed to Ben-Gurion University as the anchor institution in the Negev, a region that has been disproportionately impacted by the attacks on October 7th,” she said. “Jason is joining us at a critical time for Israel and the Negev, helping us expand our communities of support through our Baltimore and Greater Washington chapters.”

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