Financial Briefs: Garber Returns as JELF President

Financial Briefs: Garber Returns as JELF President

Garber Returns as JELF President

The Jewish Educational Loan Fund has named Marianne Daniels Garber as its board president for 2016-17. Having served as the president in 2004-05, she becomes the first person to serve two terms in the post for JELF.

An Atlanta native, Garber attended Washington University in St. Louis for her bachelor’s degree and Georgia State University for graduate school. She got involved with JELF in 1972 when her father-in-law, Al Garber, introduced her to the organization.

Al Garber and his sisters, Freda Goldstein Karp and Janet Nadel, were all raised in the Hebrew Orphans’ Home, a JELF predecessor. Garber attributed his success in life to JELF’s enabling him to attend college — one of the key reasons his daughter-in-law initially became passionate about JELF’s mission of helping Jewish students get higher education.

Marianne Daniels Garber is the first two-time JELF board president.
Marianne Daniels Garber is the first two-time JELF board president.

Marianne Garber has a doctorate in reading and psycholinguistics and is in private practice at the Behavioral Institute of Atlanta. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of attention deficit disorder and learning disabilities.

With her husband, clinical psychologist Stephen Garber, and Robyn Spizman Gerson, Marianne Garber is the co-author ofGood Behavior” (St. Martin’s), “Monsters Under the Bed and Other Childhood Fears (Villard Books),” “If Your Child Is Hyperactive, Inattentive, Impulsive, Distractible: Helping the A.D.D. Child” (Random House), and “Beyond Ritalin” (Villard Books).

She and Gerson also co-authored 12 instructional books for elementary school teachers. Garber has taught at the elementary, middle and college levels and has been an educational consultant for children, families and schools for more than 30 years.

Garber and her husband, lifelong members of Ahavath Achim Synagogue, were the first leaders of AA’s Arnovitz Leadership Institute. Through the years she has been an active board member, committee chair and volunteer at AA. The Garbers have four grown children and two grandchildren.

She is on the board of Ahava Early Learning Center (the preschool at AA) and is a trustee of the Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta. She has been on the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival’s film evaluation committee for several years and co-chairs the festival’s education task force.

JELF provides no-interest loans as last-dollar financing for Jewish post-secondary students who live in Georgia, Florida, the Carolinas or Virginia. Applications for loans for the 2016-17 school year are due April 30.

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Bank Honors 35-Year Employee

Bank of America recently recognized Andrea Feinstein for working for the company for 35 years.

Feinstein began her career at C&S National Bank as a teller. She is now an associate vice president and senior credit support associate.

“Andrea is a nurturing person who helps her whole office succeed,” said Anthony Hilliard, Feinstein’s manager. “On behalf of Bank of America, I thank Andrea for her decades of hard work and dedication to our customers and company.”

Feinstein, a member of Congregation B’nai Israel in Fayetteville, volunteers with Bank of America’s charitable efforts, such as Habitat for Humanity home builds and the annual United Way shoebox fundraiser.

“What I enjoy most about working for Bank of America is mingling with people every day,” she said. “I enjoy working with a variety of individuals and using my experience to show the younger employees how to succeed.”

She offered some advice for the millennial generation. “My parents always told me to give the effort to receive your wages. Give 110 percent and always give more than you get back.”

Feinstein also recommended staying with one company for the long term. “My job has gone away a couple of times, and there has always been something for me here.”

SXSW Success for Nowak

Benjamin Nowak of Vinings, a Temple Sinai member, was a runner-up in the recent SXSW ReleaseIt Competition with the multicamera smartphone production studio CinaMaker.

CinaMaker was one of 10 finalists selected from hundreds of entries in the SXSW Interactive competition for the product or service most likely to succeed in the marketplace.

CinaMaker is a mobile app for iOS and Android that enables up to four devices to work together to shoot and edit multiangle video. The app costs $9.99 for limited functionality or $29.99 for expanded capability.

Nowak founded the company CinaMaker, which also offers a two-phone app for creating 3D video.

“We were proud to be at SXSW representing the creativity and ingenuity of Atlanta’s Jewish community, which has always been known for its hard work and entrepreneurial spirit,” Nowak said.

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