Margaret Richards Frankel

Dr. Margaret Richards Frankel believes that “if you are passionate about something, it will be intrinsically motivating.” And that passion is the fuel that drives her interest in shepherding her ideas through to execution and completion.

The Jewish community has much for which it can thank Frankel and her ideas, many being applied to the Young Leadership Division of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. Her efforts, in fact, were recognized when she was the 2014 recipient of the Amb. Milton A. and Roslyn Z. Wolf Young Campaigner of the Year Award, honoring someone age 40 or younger who demonstrates the principles of leadership, dedication and hard work.

She describes YLD as the pulse of the young Jewish community and as such, she has taken great joy in organizing a grassroots approach to planning for this population and launching programs. She has grown YLD’s annual Big Event to its third occasion this year, incorporating a fundraising component to it since its inception and raising thousands of dollars, with an attendance of more than 350.

“I care about the future of the Jewish community and helping it grow,” she said.

Frankel’s life is busy with her professional and civic involvement, but she feels that “there’s always time for what you care about.”

At a Glance

Age: 31

As a professional: Richards Frankel Denistry

Spouse: Dr. Jonathan Frankel

Children: Scarlett, 2

Synagogue: Park Synagogue

In the community: Jewish Federations of North America national young leadership cabinet, Greater Cleveland Dental Society, Cleveland Museum of Art, Mandel JCC philanthropy committee, Jewish Federation of Cleveland Young Leadership Division

Noteworthy: Frankel is the creator of the annual YLD event.

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