About JFDA


"To guide, aid and support our members in honoring the deceased and comforting the bereaved by preserving, promoting and practicing the customs and traditions of the Jewish funeral."


Jewish Funeral Directors of America, Inc.
107 Carpenter Drive
Suite 100

Sterling, VA 20164
Phone: 800.645.7700
Fax: 703.391.8416

JFDA Members Make a Difference:
Caring - Commitment - Community

The JFDA is a caring organization. The JFDA members have all made a commitment to the perpetuation of Jewish funerals in North America, as expressed in our mission statement which is displayed on every page of this Web site. It is important to note that the JFDA is not just about Jewish funerals, as our focus is also on the Jewish community. Most of our members are entrenched in their local Jewish community, and some are even active on a global scale. JFDA members and their funeral home locations are considered integral parts of their communities and valued resources.

JFDA membership is open only to those funeral professionals specifically working with the Jewish community in their area. Annual membership fees are $100 in addition to ICCFA membership.

The JFDA has sent aid throughout the world when people are in need such as Hurricane Katrina, the Earthquake in Haiti and the Tsunami Relief. Our Donations and Contributions committee grants donations each year too several worthy organizations in North America including but not limited to:

  • Abramson Center for Jewish Life, North Wales, PA
  • Alcove Center for Grieving Children, Northfield, NJ
  • Alicia Joy Memorial Fund, W. Bloomfield, MI
  • American Board of Funeral Service Education, St. Joseph, MO
  • American Cancer Society, Hackensack, NJ
  • American Committee for the Weitzman Institute of Science
  • American Diabetes Association, North Canton, OH, and Alexandria, VA
  • American Friends of Magen David Adom, Hallandale, FL
  • American Heart Association, Stuart, FL, Baltimore, MD and Overland Park, KS
  • American Joint Distribution Committee, South Asia Tsunami Relief Fund, New York, NY
  • Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education, Melrose Park, PA
  • The Ark, Chicago, IL
  • Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, San Francisco, CA
  • Bronfman Israel Experience Centre (BIEC), Montreal, Quebec
  • Broward Hadassah, Broward County, FL
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Buffalo, NY
  • Chai Lifeline Camp Simcha Special, Lincolnwood, IL
  • Chai Lifeline Camp Simcha Special, Lakewood, NJ
  • Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Foundation, Chelsea, MA
  • Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, New York, NY
  • Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston, MA
  • Congregation Bethaynu, Pepper Pike, OH
  • Congregation Beth Hillel, Pompano Beach, FL
  • Congregation Emanu-El, New York, NY
  • Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Alexandria, VA
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund, Brookline, MA
  • Daughters of Miriam, Edison, NJ
  • Denver Campus for Jewish Education, Denver, CO
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Chicago, IL
  • Dysautonomia Foundation, Inc. New York, NY
  • Familial Dysautonomia Foundation, New York, NY
  • Gloria and Sheldon Pinck Family Fund, St. Louis Park, MN
  • Golan Fund - Pups for Peace, Seattle, WA
  • Hadassah, Brighton, MA
  • Hand-Kids, Bridgewater, MA
  • Health Care Dimensions Hospice, Brookline, MA and Waltham, MA
  • Hebrew Academy of the Capital District, Albany, NY
  • Hebrew Academy of West Queens, Richmond Hill, NY
  • Hebrew Cemetery, Congregation Beth Ahabah, Richmond, VA
  • Hebrew Free Burial Association, New York, NY
  • Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, NY
  • Henza Koenig for Pulmonary Oncology, Montreal, Quebec
  • Heska Amuna Synagogue, Knoxville, TN
  • Hospice Foundation, Buffalo, NY
  • Hospice of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
  • Hospice of Metro Denver, Denver, CO
  • ICCFA Educational Foundation, Sterling, VA
  • Isobel Berlin Scholarship Fund, Associated Hebrew School, Toronto, Ontario
  • Jacob Perlow Hospice, New York, NY
  • JACS Teen Outreach Program, Toronto, Ontario
  • Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options, Sunrise, FL
  • Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts, Newton Centre, MA
  • Jewish Community Homes for Adult Independence, Philadelphia, PA
  • Jewish Community Hospice, Columbus, OH
  • Jewish Education Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Jewish Family & Career Services, Louisville, KY
  • Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Greater Monmouth County, Asbury Park, NJ
  • Jewish Family Service, Las Vegas, NV
  • Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando, Winter Park, FL
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, PA
  • Jewish Home for the Aged, New Haven, CT
  • Jewish Home Foundation, Rochester, NY
  • Jewish Hospice Project of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network, West Bloomfield, MI
  • Jewish Institute for Pastoral Care, New York, NY
  • Jewish Rehabilitation Center, Swampscott, MA
  • Jewish Student Centers of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec
  • Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation, Hollywood, FL
  • Klein Chaplaincy Services, Redondo Beach, CA
  • Lake Region Senior Center, Orlean, VT
  • Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy, Longmeadow, MA
  • Lymphoma Research Foundation, New York, NY
  • Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger, Los Angeles, CA
  • Meyer Youth Cultural Programming Fund, Louisville, KY
  • Miriam Techner Memorial Fund at Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network, Southfield, MI
  • ML4 Foundation, Atlanta, GA
  • Mosaic Colony, Inc., New York, NY
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Paramus, NJ
  • One Family Fund, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Pals Children’s Chorus, Brookline, MA
  • Palliative Care Center, Hospice of the North Shore, Jewish Care Services, Skokie, IL
  • Patty, Otto, and Annie Dube Fund, Farmington Hills, MI
  • Philadelphia Geriatric Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Reena (Developmental Centre), Thornhill, Ontario
  • Response Center (Program of Jewish Federation), Chicago, IL
  • River View Towers, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Sivitz Jewish Hospice, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Sky Lake Synagogue, North Miami Beach, FL
  • Sova Community Food and Resources Program, Los Angeles, CA
  • Syracuse Jewish Federation, Syracuse, NY
  • Take a Break Children’s Summer Camp Program, Bronx NY
  • Ted and Evalyn Weinstein Memorial Scholarship Fund, Highland Park, IL
  • Temple Ahavat Achim Restoration Fund, Gloucester, MA
  • Temple Beth El, Providence, RI
  • Temple Beth Hillel Food Pantry, North Hollywood, CA
  • Temple Emanuel Library Fund, Providence, RI
  • Temple Shalom, Chicago, IL
  • The Community Hospice Foundation, Rensselaer, NY
  • The Foundation of Menorah Park, Syracuse, NY
  • The Passover League of Philadelphia, Bala Cynwyd, PA
  • United Jewish Communities, Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund, New York, NY
  • Westwood Little League, Owings Mills, MD
  • Yeshiva at the Jersey Shore, Deal, NJ
  • Zareinu Educational Centre, Thornhill, Ontario





Robert P. Zimmerman • Springfield, MA

Vice President/Co-chair
Marc Benjamin

Immediate Past President
Randy Ziegler • Los Angeles, CA


Michael Benjamin (supra)

Jim Cohen • Denver, CO

Michael Rosenthal • Pleasantville, NY

Robert Zimmerman • Springfield, MA

The Chairman of the Education and Public Information Committee, Eileen Meyer Renco, is an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee.

Headquarters Staff

Linda Gregory, ICCFA
Phone: 800.645.7700
Fax: 703.391.8416 
E-mail: lgregory@iccfa.com

Past Presidents

1932 * Herbert Berger 1969 Morton M. Silverman
St. Louis, MO Los Angeles, CA
1935 * Bernard Danzansky 1970 * Leonn Hyman
Washington, DC Brooklyn, NY
1936 * Judah Rosenberg 1972 Larrie S. Blasberg
Philadelphia, PA Miami Beach, FL
1942 * Max Sugarman 1973 Seymour L. Mandel
Providence, RI Chicago, IL
1943 * Isadore Albert 1974 Bennett Goldstein
New York, NY Philadelphia, PA
1945 * Manuel Stanetsky 1975 Herbert Paperman
Brookline, MA Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1946 * Albert Kasdan 1976 Jack (Sonny) Meyer
Brooklyn, NY Louisville, KY
1947 * Charles E. Kaye 1977 Stanley Louis
Chicago, IL Kansas City, MO
1948 * Benjamin F. Solomon 1978 Andrew Fier
Brookline, MA New York, NY
1949 * Morton Etkin 1979 Robert W. Levine
Buffalo, NY  Brookline, MA
1950 * Leonard S. Labowitch  1980 Joseph S. Roth
Cleveland, OH  Skokie, IL
1951 * Isaac Neiberg  1981 Richard W. Stein
New York, NY  St. Louis, MO
1952 * Harry Groman  1982 Sonny Levitt
Los Angeles, CA  Miami, FL
1953 * Milton Yaffe  1983 Melvyn G. Mesnekoff
Chicago, IL  Buffalo, NY
1954 * Ira Kaufman  1984 Herbert Kaufman
Detroit, MI  Southfield, MI
1955 * Samuel Berkowitz  1985 Norman Cutler
Cleveland, OH  Wilmette, IL
1956 * Leonard A. Levine  1986 Robert Schoem
Philadelphia, PA  Paramus, NJ
1957 * Fred Goodman  1987-1988 Andrew Fier
Milwaukee, WI  New York, NY
1958 * Sigmund Danzansky  1989-1990 Michael Benjamin
Washington, DC  Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1959 * Irving Glasband  1991-1993 Mark Weissman
Los Angeles, CA  Ft. Lauderdale, FL
1960 Joseph M. Morris  1993-1995 Robert Weil
Brooklyn, NY  Cincinnati, OH
1961 * Jack J. Louis  1995-1997 * Arthur Grossberg
Kansas City, MO  Hollywood, FL
1962 * Samuel Paperman  1997-1999 Jill Glasband
Montreal, Quebec, Canada  West Hollywood, FL
1963 * Marvin A. Stein  1999-2001 Steven C. Darrow
St. Louis, MO  Spring Valley, NY
1964 Burton L. Hirsch  2001-2003 Sonny Levitt
Pittsburgh, PA  North Miami, FL
1965 * Edward T. Newman  2003-2005 * Kenneth R. Kornhauser
Miami Beach, FL  Dix Hills, NY
1966 H. Seymour Weinstein  2005-2007 Martin Birnbaum
New York, NY  Syracuse, NY
1967 * Louis J. Freehof  2007-2009 Mark Friedman
San Francisco, CA  Los Angeles, CA
1968 Louis Schlossberg 2009-2011 Albert Bloomfield
Boston, MA Manalapan, NJ
2011-2013 Mindy Moline Botbol  
Arlington Heights, IL  


Honorary Past Presidents

1950 * Moses H. Bernstein 1967 * Harry Kumin
Athens, GA Cleveland, OH
1951 * Jack Lewis 1969 * Alex A. Berger
Baltimore, MD Philadelphia, PA
1952 * Harry Nieberg 1972 * Charles A. Alpert
New York, NY New York, NY
1954 * Maurice L. Rapheld 1976 * David Musicant
San Francisco, CA Hackensack, NJ
1958 * Norman Roth 1978 * Nathan Mesnekoff
St. Louis, MO Buffalo, NY
1960 * Harry Gordon 1979 * Herman Goldberg
Miami, FL Rockville, MD
1960 * Irving Blasberg 1980 Gordon Weil Jr.
Miami Beach, FL Cincinnati, OH
1960 * David Hirsch 1980 * Edward J. Levy
Bronx, NY Houston, TX
1960 * Arthur Mandel 1986 Joel S. Kirschenbaum
Chicago, IL Brooklyn, NY
1961 * Louis Weinstein 1989 * John J. Benjamin
New York, NY Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1961 * Albert Sacks 1989 Robert L. Gordon
Philadelphia, PA Akron, OH
1962 * Abraham Paperman 1991 * Hyman J. Torf
Montreal, Quebec, Canada Chelsea, MA
1962 * Samuel Paperman 1993 Alan Yaffe
Montreal, Quebec, Canada Chicago, IL
1962 * Bernard Schwartz 1995 * Seymour Bensman
Philadelphia, PA Whitefish Bay, WI
1963 * Harry Kirschenbaum 1995 Seymour Resnick
Brooklyn, NY Fresh Meadows, NY
1965 * Saul Kumin 1995 Franklin O.L. Steinberg
Cleveland, OH Manhasset, NY
1966 * Carl Grossberg 1996 Joel W. Weinstein
New York, NY Wilmette, IL
1966 * Jack Goldstein 2001 * Jules Furth
Philadelphia, PA Chicago, IL
1966 * Joseph Goldstein 2007 Charles Salomon
Philadelphia, PA New York, NY
1967 * Samuel E. Willen  
Los Angeles, CA  




Bylaws Marketing & Public Relations
Richard Stein, Chairperson Committee is forming
Jill Glasband  
Matthew Kessler Education
Sonny Levitt Committee is forming
Charles Salomon  
Albert Bloomfield Finance
Mindy Boline Botbol Marc Benjamin, Chairperson
  Mark Friedman
Donations & Contributions Jim Cohen
Paul Goldstein, Chairperson Robert Zimmerman
Committee is forming Franklin O.L. Steinberg
  Albert Bloomfield
Membership Mindy Moline Botbol
Robert Zimmerman, Chairperson  
Eddie Dressler  
Barry Wien  
Robert Weil  
Michael Rosenthal  
Albert Bloomfield  
Mindy Moline Botbol  


JFDA Committees

JFDA Officers

Robert P. Zimmerman • Springfield, MA

Vice President/Co-chair
Marc Benjamin

Immediate Past President
Randy Ziegler • Los Angeles, CA

Executive Committee

Randy Ziegler

Ed Rusnak

Mindy Botbol

Charles S. Salomon

Syd Waldman

Henry Epstein

Albert Bloomfield

Paul Goldstein