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Pat Kazakoff Inspires Philanthropy 

Pat Kazakoff consistently gives her time, talent and  financial resources to numerous Jewish causes for  one reason: inspiration. “People and Jewish causes inspire me,” says Pat.

The Michael and Patricia Kazakoff Family Fund at JCF supports many organizations that foster Jewish continuity. Her impact on the Jewish community over the years defies simple categorization. Pat’s career in communications – on stage, and on screen – honed her unique skill set as an inspirational leader.

As a stand-up comedian, Pat opened shows for iconic names such as Jim Carrey and Howie Mandel. She also delighted audiences as a puppeteer and host on channel 20, WTXX. She currently enlightens Greater Hartford audiences with her insightful interviews with Jewish community leaders, as the inquisitive, energetic host of Shalom Hartford on WHCTV.

Pat uses her collective talents to channel everyone's best energy in supporting important Jewish causes. 

She chaired and championed the success of the Mandell JCC’s Jewish Book Festival, bringing in a new sense of excitement and vision to promote Jewish traditions and values through the power of books. To achieve this, Pat led an expansive committee of dedicated volunteers who, in turn, sparked greater interest in Jewish activities in Greater Hartford.

Whether she is mentoring volunteers,interviewing experts or entertaining audiences, Pat inspires people to feel invested and make a positive difference. She sees people’s engagement in supporting Jewish causes as “collective strength.”

“People feel invested when you push them out of their comfort zone to see what they can accomplish,” explains Pat. “They feel a sense of achievement and part of something important that is bigger than themselves…this leads to engagement, support, and long-term  commitment, both financial and emotional.”

Philanthropic engagement begins when people get involved in the community and feel ownership in their contributions of money, time and service to causes, according to Pat, and she has seen this happen countless times in her leadership activities. 

“I believe in the Jewish people and the importance of living by Jewish values. My life has been enriched by being apart of this community,” says Pat. “Being Jewish gives me a lot of strength; what a great honor it is to be born Jewish!”

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