Dixie and Neil Leikach are both committed Associated leaders with the Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership Committee. Neil is a former board member at CHAI and Dixie is a member of the Jewish Women's Giving Foundation (JWGF). As donor-advised fund holders, the Leikachs recognize that their philanthropic decisions are also an investment in the strength of the Jewish community.
Both pharmacists, Dixie and Neil Leikach have two sons, Eric, 20, and Marc, 17. Neil's family belonged to Liberty Jewish Center where he learned early about volunteerism. A Salisbury, Md. native, Dixie recently celebrated the Bat Mitzvah of her conversion to Judaism.
Our hopes for our sons
is that they have a sense of philanthropy and giving back.
We became involved with The Associated
when Dixie completed Young Women's Leadership (now D'vor Tikvah) and then we went on the 2007 family mission ... when we returned, we asked, "What's next?"
We created a donor-advised fund
so that instead of writing multiple checks, we could manage our giving at one time.
One of our favorite nonprofit organizations
is Orr Shalom in Israel, a foster home for children who have been abused or neglected. We surprised the kids by painting their bedrooms. You should have heard the squeals of joy from the girls.
The biggest influences in our lives
are Dixie's mom and Neil's parents.
If we could solve any problem in the world,
we would address water shortage issues and promote an understanding of Israel's sovereignty.
Three words that describe us:
Outgoing. Authentic. Agreeable. (Dixie). Loyal. Authentic. Dependable. (Neil).