Cathrine Fischer Schwartz Named VP of Federation’s Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation

Cathrine Fischer Schwartz has joined the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County as Vice President of the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation.

Schwartz most recently served as President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford in Connecticut. Her accomplishments include partnering with Hartford’s Jewish Community Foundation to plan and implement a community-wide endowment initiative involving agencies and synagogues as well as its Federation and Foundation. This collaborative effort raised more than $20 million to date toward a goal of $50 million over the next four years for the benefit and transformation of the Hartford Jewish community.

“I am extremely pleased to announce that, following a comprehensive national search, our Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation has welcomed a consummate professional leader in Cathy Schwartz,” said Matthew C. Levin, Federation President and CEO. “We are fortunate to have someone with her experience at the highest levels of Federation professional leadership.”

A graduate of the two-year JFNA Mandel Center Executive Development Program and a participant in the Sherman (now Kaplan) Seminar for Emerging Jewish Professionals at Brandeis University, Schwartz holds a national reputation as a consummate fundraising professional with an outstanding track record of community-building, strategic relationship development, collaboration, overall management, and initiatives that keep pace with the changing Jewish community.

Schwartz joins the organization with 24 years of Federation experience; her thirteen years in Hartford were preceded by a decade with the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts. Her increasing leadership responsibilities at these Federations included planned giving, annual and capital campaigns, and a variety of other areas.

“Over the past two years, the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation (JJCF) has ramped up its efforts to build a legacy for our Federation, our Jewish community and our people,” said Levin. “We have been reaching out as never before and increasing our assets through multiple initiatives. Amid this success, we are well aware that far more is needed to maintain the current progress and further develop vital resources to secure our 35-year-old Jewish community’s future well-being.”

Before joining Federation, Schwartz was part of the organization’s delegation this summer at the JFNA Create a Jewish Legacy Professional Leadership Gathering in Chicago, and the JFNA Campaign Chairs and Directors Mission to Greece and Israel.

For more information about the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, contact Robyn Kimmelman at or 561.852.5020.