American Friends of The Hebrew University (AFHU) announced the appointment of Sheri Kaufer as Executive Director of its Los Angeles Region. Ms. Kaufer will oversee fundraising and development efforts for one of AFHU’s most vibrant geographic regions.
AFHU’s Los Angeles Region, under the leadership of Ms. Kaufer, will work to showcase The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel’s foremost institution of higher learning and research, throughout greater Los Angeles. AFHU, headquartered in New York, has eight regional offices across the United States.
“Ms. Kaufer is a committed, seasoned fundraiser who has worked tirelessly to support The Hebrew University of Jerusalem for a decade,” stated Joyce Brandman, president of AFHU’s Los Angeles Region. “Her extensive experience in Jewish communal service and her devotion to Israel is strengthening the bonds between our outstanding Hebrew University community and the Los Angeles Jewish community.”
A Los Angeles native, Ms. Kaufer has achieved numerous milestones in the development field since her career began over thirty years ago. Over the last decade, in her capacity as Associate Executive Director of AFHU’s Los Angeles Region, she has cultivated and stewarded donors, helping to raise millions of dollars annually in support of Hebrew University priorities. She has participated in regional board recruitment efforts. Ms. Kaufer has planned and implemented educational conferences showcasing Hebrew University faculty and has led missions to the university. She has worked closely with AFHU’s dedicated lay leaders to facilitate signature and highly popular fundraising events such as the “Bel Air Affaire,” which supports student scholarships.
In addition to AFHU, Ms. Kaufer has previously served in professional capacities for Hillel and the Anti-Defamation League. She is a past Executive Director of University Synagogue.
“I could not be more excited to begin serving as our region’s executive director,” said Ms. Kaufer. “The Hebrew University is a crown jewel for the entire world, and it is a tremendous privilege to work to support its students, faculty, and research.”
Ms. Kaufer and her husband, Steve, reside in Los Angeles and have two adult sons. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UCLA and received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Judaism (now American Jewish University) with a specialization in non-profit management.
Ms. Kaufer may be reached at American Friends of The Hebrew University, 11500 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite 512, Los Angeles, CA 90064. Her office phone number is (310) 843-3100.