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MARK & JANE WILF

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD

Mark and Jane Wilf are recognized supporters and leaders of numerous charitable organizations and represent the vanguard of Jewish leadership in this country. They have lent their leadership talents and energies to a variety of Jewish communal and secular endeavors.

Mark has long been involved in efforts locally, nationally, and globally, to ensure the welfare and vitality of the Jewish community. As the son of Holocaust survivors, Elizabeth and Joseph Wilf, he has drawn upon his parents' experiences to become an unwavering advocate for needs of the Jewish people, wherever they may be. The Wilf family, a major and longtime supporter of Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, is the largest contributor to its world-renowned Holocaust History Museum. The Wilfs are also key sustained benefactors of Yeshiva University in New York. In 2002, the family made a substantial donation to enhance the main campus, renamed as the Wilf Campus of Yeshiva University.

Mark is an attorney and partner in Garden Homes, a real estate development firm. He is also owner/president of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings. Most recently, Mark led two of the most significant initiatives in the team's history with the completion of US Bank Stadium and the successful bid to bring Super Bowl LII to Minnesota, both creating a significant impact on the community and state. Mark graduated from Princeton University and then received his law degree from NYU School of Law.

Mark has served as UJC National Campaign Chair, UJA National Young Leadership Cabinet Chair, and as President of the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey. Currently, Mark chairs JFNA's national initiative that addresses the needs of impoverished Holocaust survivors living in the United States. He serves on a variety of educational, philanthropic, and educational boards including JFNA, JDC, American Society for Yad Vashem, ADL, NYU School of Law, Princeton University President's Advisory Council, Yeshiva University, Vanderbilt University, and NFL Business Ventures.

Jane serves on the board of Birthright Israel, JFNA National Women's Philanthropy, The Jewish Museum, Hillel International, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Taste of the NFL, and is a Wexner Heritage Fellow. The Wexner Fellowship is a two-year educational experience designed for high- potential Jewish communal leaders to deepen their Jewish knowledge, leadership skills and to develop a rich network of colleagues.

Jane's other philanthropic endeavors include involvement in the production of the award-winning documentary –Rescue in the Philippines, which tells the previously unknown and untold story of how Jane's ancestors, the Frieder brothers of Cincinnati, businessmen in pre-WWII Manila, together with Philippine President Manuel Quezon, and the US government - helped 1,200 Jewish men, women and children escape the Nazis and immigrate to the Philippines. This film has received wide acclaim both on public television and in live screenings around the country as an important documentary revealing a lesser-known chapter in Holocaust history. In addition to Park East Synagogue, the Wilfs are also members of Congregation Etz Chaim in Livingston, NJ. Mark and Jane reside in Livingston NJ and have four children Steven, Daniel, Rachel, and Andrew.