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Meet the Staff

Jim Mueth
Director of Planned Giving and Endowments
610-821-5500 x333, jim@jflv.org

Jim Mueth moved to the Lehigh Valley from Kansas City in April 2013, where he served as vice president and philanthropic relationship manager at Bank of America for the past 15 years. Most recently, he was responsible for charitable and individual affluent relationships with combined market values in excess of $500 million. Previously he served at predecessor banks as vice president and trust officer.

A member of the Missouri Bar, Jim received his juris doctor degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law and his bachelor of arts in political science from Saint Louis University.

Jim has been active in the Kansas City Jewish community, serving on the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City's Leadership and Engagement Committee and the Jewish Community Relations Bureau Board. At The Temple-Congregation B'Nai Jehudah, Jim has served as member and chairperson of the Cemetery Committee. His involvement at Jewish Family Service of Kansas City includes board member, Development Committee member and community endowment representative to improve planned giving. He is a graduate of the Helzberg Leadership Fellows, an intensive Jewish community leadership program sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City and the Helzberg Foundation.

Jim co-founded and was the founding board president of Support Kansas City, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides back office and other financial and technical services to a network of smaller non-profit organizations in Kansas City. His community involvement also includes the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Local EngAGEment Initiative, Camps for Kids and the Heart of America Community AIDS Partnership.

Jim and his wife, Shelah, a pediatric physical therapist, have one daughter, Leah, a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C. Leah now works and lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Jewish Federation's endowment and planned giving program offers donors tax-wise philanthropic opportunities and provides the Jewish community with an important financial foundation.


Mark L. Goldstein
Executive Director
610-821-5500 x325, markg@jflv.org

Mark Goldstein has served as executive director of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley since August 2002.

As the Federation's chief executive officer, Mark oversees all activities performed by the Federation including the annual fundraising efforts, community organization and development activities such as community relations, human resource development, government relations, and community planning and allocations. Mark is also well known for his leadership of the Federation's overseas mission program.

From 1993 to 2002, Mark served as executive vice president and chief professional officer of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater (UJFT) serving the southeastern Virginia cities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Suffolk. Prior to moving to Virginia, Mark worked at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis for nearly 10 years, serving the Federation in a variety of capacities, including associate executive director, director of community planning and allocations and director of leadership development. Mark also worked professionally for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and was a regional program director for United Synagogue Youth.

Mark has lectured at Washington University's Graduate School of Social Work on organizational dynamics and human service management. He is a former member of the United Jewish Communities Executive Committee and is a former chairman of intermediate communities, an association of 60+ like-size Jewish federations.

In 2009, Mark was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by Hebrew Union College for "his singular and effective leadership to Jewish Federations in Virginia, Missouri,California and Pennsylvania, and for his talents as a fundraiser which have guided federations to new heights of success."

Mark holds a master in social work from the University of Southern California and a master of arts in Jewish communal service from Hebrew Union College. He is also a graduate of the University of Judaism, the west coast affiliate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Mark is a member of the national Committee on Planned Giving, the preeminent association for professionals in the charitable gift planning field. He is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Jewish Communal Service Association, Association of Jewish Community Organization Personnel and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Mark has been awarded the Louis Kraft Award from the Jewish Communal Service Association, the Sherman Fellow from Brandies University and was selected for the Federation Executive Recruitment and Education Program (FEREP) scholarship by the Council of Jewish Federations. He is also the undefeated "king of kosher ribs" in Tidewater, securing first place at the juried Tidewater Kosher Rib Cook-Off Competition!

Mark resides in Allentown with his wife, Shari Spark, a Jewish educator; they are the proud parents of two children.

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