The Jewish Fertility Foundation, a Buckhead-based nonprofit whose mission is to help Jewish couples have children, late last month announced it has hired its first executive director to lead the organization. Elana Bekerman Frank, its founder and former board president, is now serving as the executive director, turning her latest passion project into a dream.
“Becoming JFF’s first professional employee is literally life altering, not only for me, but for all of the families waiting to start families in Atlanta,” Frank, who previously also served as The Weber School’s spokeswoman, said in a news release. “People are always impressed that we’ve done so much in such a short time but really it’s only possible because of the dedicated group of volunteers that make up our board of directors and committees.
“They have been instrumental in raising awareness, donations and so much more over the past two years. Our grants cover fertility treatments, emotional support, counseling and education for fertility-challenged couples. We hope to remove the stigma of infertility by training local rabbis, clergy and other social service providers and offering emotional guidance through community-based support groups and our Fertility Buddies peer-to-peer relationship-based support initiative.”
With the support of the board and the generous donations received, the foundation has already offered four grants to local Jewish couples to support fertility treatments, emotionally supported over 150 individuals experiencing infertility and has trained over 150 local Jewish communal leaders around infertility sensitivity.
The foundation has a board comprised of 15 diverse individuals (all of whom have been personally touched by infertility) and a medical committee made up of seven of the best fertility specialists in Atlanta. It is renting office space at Claiborne|Fox|Bradley LLC a comprehensive adoption and assisted reproductive technologies law firm in Buckhead. In this new space the foundation continues to provide financial assistance, educational awareness and emotional support to Atlanta Jewish families who have medical fertility challenges.