Randy Parrish Receives UJFT Harry Graber Jewish Communal Professional Award

Randy, a native of Norfolk, has been an invaluable member of the Tidewater Jewish Foundation (TJF) team for the past 14 years. At the United Jewish Federation Biannual Meeting on June 14, 2023, Randy was selected to receive the Harry Graber Jewish communal professional award.  Coming to TJF with over 25 years of experience in healthcare, public/non-profit financial management, and municipal government, Randy has a wealth of expertise in his role as Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer of the Tidewater Jewish Foundation. Friendships and relationships made with peers in the Jewish Community while growing up in the area, have been enhanced through his long tenure of working for the Foundation. Receiving this award named in honor of Harry Graber was of special note, given that Randy first met Harry nearly 35 years ago when Harry lived near the old JCC and was coaching both their sons in t-ball when they were young. Randy commented that Harry was a most supportive and nurturing coach to the young ballplayers; not surprising to anyone who knows Harry and his career of service to the community, in honor of which this award was named after Harry’s 2018 retirement from the Federation.

Within TJF, Randy has consistently demonstrated exceptional skills and abilities, going above and beyond requirements to deliver high-quality work. His expertise in non-profit accounting, tax, gift-planning, and various administrative matters has helped keep TJF recognized as a leader among its peers. Randy’s leadership and professionalism have contributed to the foundation's reputation for trust in the community.  He is highly regarded by lay leadership and the broader community, having twice served in the interim CEO role.

As a team player, Randy promotes successful teamwork within the organization, recognizing the importance of collaboration, problem-solving, and outstanding service to the community. His ability to remain focused and calm under pressure, along with his dependability and responsiveness, make him an invaluable asset to the organization and to its CEO, Naomi Limor Sedek.

Randy's dedication to the community extends beyond his role at TJF. Since 2008, he has served on the board of the Primeplus (formerly the Norfolk Senior Center), holding positions such as President, Treasurer, and Board member. His involvement with the agency, originally founded nearly 60 years ago as a social welfare project by the Tidewater Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women, aligns with their mission to address the needs and interests of older adults in South Hampton Roads. He is also currently serving as a board member and officer of the Hampton Roads Estate Planning Council.