About Horizons

Horizons is a 10-month Leadership Development program, where up to 30 young professionals have the opportunity to learn about the needs of the Jewish community and the importance of being involved in the Federation. Each monthly class takes place at a different beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Broward County, and allows participants to develop leadership skills, expand knowledge in challenges and opportunities within the Jewish community, as well as build a network and social relationships with peers in the class.  

Karen joined the Federation team as a professional in 2016 as the Director of the Jewish Women's Foundation and in 2018 assumed the additional role as Director of the Horizons Leadership Program. Her involvement with Federation began as a passionate lay leader. Karen held a number of leadership roles, most notable were serving as Board Chair (2009 -2012) and on the Board of Trustees for the Jewish Federations of North America (2009 -2015). Karen has a breadth of development experience having been the Director of Development for Hillel of Broward County, Owner of Karen J. Zemel Consulting, and as the Assistant Director at Kesher LD. Karen is focused on increasing opportunities in the lives of Jewish women and girls. Karen's favorite part about working at Federation is the people she meets each day who share her passion for the Jewish community and Israel. 

2018-2019 Co-Chairs, Ariel Deray & Heather Oliver

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