JCC ASSOCIATION STAFF AND SERVICES

Administration

Allan Finkelstein, President and Chief Executive Officer JCC Association

Allan Finkelstein

President and Chief Executive Officer

Responsible for giving overall professional leadership to JCC Association and the JCC Movement by working with the chair, officers, and board of JCC Association, along with presidents and executives of local JCCs. Represents JCC Association and JCCs to key organizations in the North American Jewish community, along with major foundations and donors. Also works directly with some communities, focusing mainly on planning and management, and issues of visioning and positioning the JCC in the community.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5082

E-Mail: jccal@jcca.org

Yael Lubofsky, Coordinator of Board Relations JCC Association

Yael Lubofsky

Coordinator of Board Relations

Assists the president and board chair in the performance of their duties; serves as a liaison between officers and board leadership and the Association. Coordinates all meetings of the JCC Association Board of Directors.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5084

E-Mail: yael@jcca.org

Community Services

Consults with all communities to enhance the functioning of JCC boards, executives, and staff. Provides JCCs with ongoing training in areas such as lay leadership development, staff development, programming, finances, etc. Helps JCCs improve their services by conducting research, gathering statistical data, and strategic planning studies, developing annual work plans, and providing seminars for management and lay leaders.

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Excellence in Leadership & Management

Is transforming the field by allowing JCCs to assess their management effectiveness and leadership needs, to be more responsive to difficulties as they arise, and develop a practical approach towards continuous self-improvement over time. MCELM is helping JCCs meet the challenges of the future with confidence and proficiency.

Jerry Wische, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer JCC Association

Jerry Wische

Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer
Director, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Excellence in Leadership & Management

Provides consulting services to JCC executives, and works with JCC boards regarding executive search and placements. Directs the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Excellence in Leadership & Management and the department of community services, coordinates and oversees consultation in the areas of administration, facilities, planning, and budgets. Staff consultant for the metropolitan JCCs.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5138

E-Mail: jwische@jcca.org

Zoe Schein

Executive Assistant, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Excellence in Leadership & Management and the Community Services

Provides administrative and program support for the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Excellence in Leadership & Management and the Community Services.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5109

E-Mail: zschein@jcca.org

Community Consultants

Jordan Shenker

Senior Vice-President | Community Services

Provides primary consultation services to JCCs. Manages all consultation services for the field.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5085

E-Mail: jshenker@jcca.org

Dori Denelle

Vice-President | Community Consultant, Emerging Leaders, Governance

Director of St. Paul based office of JCC Association and a primary consultant offering consultation services to JCCs. Provides assistance to JCCs in engaging emerging leaders in governance and lay leadership development. Director of Esther Leah Ritz Emerging JCC Leaders program. Works with Board Development & Assessment.

Contact Information

Phone: 651-452-2219

E-Mail: dori@jcca.org

Janet S. Elam

Vice-President | Community Consultant

Director of Austin based office of JCC Association and a primary consultant offering consultation services to JCCs. Provides assistance to first time JCC executive directors.

Contact Information

Phone: 512-241-1118

E-Mail: janetelam@jcca.org

Strategic Performance

David E. Posner

Vice-President | Community Consultant
Director of Strategic Performance

Provides primary consultation services to JCCs. Directs all aspects of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Excellence in Leadership & Management related to organizational excellence and provides assistance to JCCs in strategic thinking. Coordinates JWB Jewish Chaplains Council programs with JCC Association.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5124

E-Mail: dposner@jcca.org

Andy Paller

Director of Benchmarking | Strategic Performance

Develops and coordinates JCC Excellence: The Benchmarking Project. Presents reports and consults with JCCs based on an analysis of the data and findings gathered through the Benchmarking Project.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-710-6432

E-Mail: apaller@jcca.org

Michael Rowland

Marketing Consultant

Provides support and consultation to JCCs in all areas of marketing.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5153

E-Mail: mrowland@jcca.org

Yuliya Mazur

Resource Communications Manager

Responsible for the identification, collection, organization and dissemination of informational resources for JCC Association. Analyzes and presents data related to critical issues facing the JCCs. Leads organization of JCCA.me.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5140

E-Mail: ymazur@jcca.org

Professional Leadership

Alan S. Goldberg

Vice-President, Professional Leadership

Provides resources, programs and consultation for talent management, executive succession, professional development and human resources.

Provides primary consultation services to JCCs.
Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5122

E-Mail: gold@jcca.org

Joy Brand-Richardson

Associate Vice-President | Director of Training and Professional Leadership

Develops and coordinates all training activities for JCC staff in the U.S. and Canada. Director of biennial Professional Conference. Consultant to all JCC Professionals on career development and job opportunities.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5114

E-Mail: joy@jcca.org

Odelia Silver

Conference and Event Registrar

Provides administrative and program support for the professional and lay leadership development and training department. Manages and coordinates all registration and logistics for professional and lay conferences. Assists with executive recruitment, search and placement.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5086

E-Mail: osilver@jcca.org

Nicole Risener

Program Associate, Program Services and Professional and Lay Leadership

Provides administrative and program support for professional and lay leadership development.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5093

E-Mail: nrisener@jcca.org

Finance and Administration Services

Oversees management of financial and human resources record keeping, financial reports, and information technology.

Bob Kimsal

Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer

Responsible for overseeing all of JCC Association’s financial and investment transactions and preparation of financial statements; billing and collection of member JCC dues; acquisition and deployment of technology, including computer hardware and software; office administration including document production and distribution.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5141

E-Mail: bkimsal@jcca.org

Accounting

Dina Rudolph

Controller

Responsible for the company’s accounting practices, the conduct of its relationships with lending institutions and the financial community, the maintenance of its fiscal records, and the preparation of financial reports.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5132

E-Mail: drudolph@jcca.org

Irina Abramov

Accounting Assistant

Responsible for cash receipts and accounts payable.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5133

E-Mail: iabramov@jcca.org

Human Resources

Irina Khomina

Manager, Human Resources

Responsible for human resources administration including all aspects of payroll and payroll taxes, and coordination of all employee benefits and corporate insurance.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5131

E-Mail: ikhomina@jcca.org

Elaine Vasquez

Accounting and Benefits Associate, Front Desk

Provides support to the Finance and Administration department in the areas of accounting and benefits administration as well as general administrative assistance.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5136

E-Mail: evasquez@jcca.org

Information Technology

Andy Zhang

Manager, Information Technology

Plans, organizes, and oversees the operations and administration of JCC Association’s computer hardware and software systems; designs and implements databases; responsible for technical maintenance of the website; provides technical advice, information, and assistance to create an environment for employees to work in an efficient manner.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5103

E-Mail: andy@jcca.org

Bernardo Arocho

Associate, Information Technology

Assists the IT manager in operating and maintaining JCC Association’s hardware and software systems. Responsible for manning the software help desk, network maintenance, operating system, and database maintenance. Additional duties include assessing staff training needs and developing appropriate training programs.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5094

E-Mail: barocho@jcca.org

Production

Franklin James

Supervisor, Production and Facilities

Supervises all JCC Association printing and mailings; works with vendors to purchase all office supplies; oversees office repairs and maintenance; attends to tenant needs, including photocopying, printing, and mailing, and acts as the liaison with the building management.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5118

E-Mail: fjames@jcca.org

Donald Credle

Production Assistant and Front Desk

Serves as liaison for mail service and other departments. Runs postage and prepares outgoing mail for pick-up. Delivers office supplies throughout the agency, inventory and mailing supplies, printing needs and all other duties as assigned.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5113

E-Mail: dcredle@jcca.org

D’wayne Haywood

Shipping & Receiving

Services as liaison for shipping service and other departments. Tracks and maintains records of shipments. Maintains kitchen, conference rooms and all other duties as assigned.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5107

E-Mail: dwayne@jcca.org

Financial Resource Development

Is responsible for JCC Association’s fundraising efforts, including annual support and designated giving, JCC Associates, grant-seeking, corporate sponsorship and preferred vendor programs, special events and the capital and endowment campaign.

Financial Resource Development

Arlene Swartz

Interim Director of Financial Resource Development

Directs the agency’s fundraising initiatives to support the annual fund and signature programs. Develops strategic plans to build and diversify JCC Association’s private revenues to maintain and strengthen programs. Provides support for the Board Financial Resource Development Committee to maximize opportunities to reach new donors and increase levels of current support.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5135

E-Mail: aswartz@jcca.org

Barbara Lerman-Golomb

Director of Research, Grants and Foundations

Expands research of potential foundation grants and major donors and serves as grant writer.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-710-6436

E-Mail: barbara@jcca.org

Sahm Forbes

Development and Social Media Associate

Responsible for the day to day coordination of the donor database, using social media to develop a grassroots fundraising strategy, and building a network of alumni.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5126

Email: sforbes@jcca.org

JCC Association’s Israel Office

Represents the interests of North American JCCs and provides services for them in Israel. It also implements Israel-based Jewish educational programs including training seminars for JCC professional staff and lay leaders, JCC Maccabi Israel experience programs for teens, partnership initiatives between JCCs and community centers in Israel, and creates specialized Israel trips for JCC members.

Leah Garber

Vice-President, JCC Association Israel Office

Represents the interests of JCC Association and North American JCCs in Israel and works to develop collaborative ventures with the JCC Movement’s partners in Israel. Works to make the rich public Jewishness of Israel more accessible to JCCs, to develop Israel as a Jewish educational experience, and to create opportunities for North American and Israeli community leaders, professionals, and members to build meaningful ties with one another. Coordinates partnership projects between JCCs and Israeli matnasim (community centers).

Contact Information

Phone: 011-972-2-625-1265

E-Mail: lgarber@jcca.org

Sara Sless

Assistant Director, Israel Office
Director, Israel Seminars

Works in close cooperation with JCCs to develop Israel training seminars, including logistical and educational components. Provides JCCs with initial guidelines and budgetary information to assist in planning Israel seminars for staff and lay leaders

Contact Information

Phone: 011-972-2-625-1265

E-Mail: ssless@jcca.org

Ido Medan David

Program Director, JCC Maccabi Israel

Implements Israel travel programs for teens, including developing educational materials and itineraries, communication with communities and camps, marketing and recruitment, logistics and supervision of trips.

Contact Information

Phone: 011-972-2-625-1265

E-Mail: ido@jcca.org

Shira Lupiansky Hasson

Boarding Pass Associate, Israel Seminars

Works closely with communities to initiate, develop, and plan Israel trips for JCC membership through the JCC Boarding Pass program. Programs include develping educational materials along with overseeing logistics.

Contact Information

Phone: 011-972-2-625-1265

E-Mail: shasson@jcca.org

Lilach Shalom

Accountant, Israel Office

Responsible for bank reconciliation, general accounting entries, accounts payable and cash deposits.

Contact Information

Phone:011-972-2-625-1265

E-Mail: lilach@jcca.org

Nicole Risener

US Program Associate, Israel Programs

Provides administrative and program support for Israel office programs and Continental Shlicha initiatives.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5093

E-Mail: nrisener@jcca.org

JWB Jewish Chaplains Council

Is a US Government-accredited agency to serve the religious, educational, and morale needs of Jewish personnel in the armed forces, their families, and patients in VA hospitals. Its Council Advisory Group consists of Conservative, Orthodox, and Reform rabbis and active-duty Jewish chaplains, a cooperative and successful venture in Jewish pluralism.

Rabbi Harold Robinson

Director, JWB Jewish Chaplains Council; Director, Armed Forces and Veterans Services

Heads JWB Jewish Chaplains Council and JCC Association Armed Forces and Veterans Services Committee. Recruits rabbis to serve in the armed forces and veterans affairs chaplaincies. Directs professional training conferences and lay leadership workshops. Advises the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs on matters of Jewish Welfare in the Armed Forces and at Veterans Hospitals. Visits US Armed Forces bases and installations worldwide.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5119

E-Mail: hlrobinson@jcca.org

Rabbi Abbi Sharofsky

Deputy Director for Programming, JWB Jewish Chaplains Council; Director, Armed Forces and Veterans Services

Works with JCC Association’s 90 Jewish military lay leaders, coordinates the annual JWB conference, and is the point person for new initiatives involving the provision by JCCs of programs and services for current and returning Jewish military personnel and their families.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5137

E-Mail: abbi@jcca.org

Janine Acevedo

Program Associate, JWB Jewish Chaplains Council

Provides administrative and program support for JWB Jewish Chaplains Council and Summer VISA Program.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5090

E-Mail: janine@jcca.org

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Jewish Education

Has as its mission to infuse the people, experiences and programs of the JCCs of North America with Jewish content, learning, and values, and thereby to enhance and elevate every Jewish person who is part of a JCC community.

Dr. David Ackerman

Senior Vice-President
Director, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Jewish Education

Leads the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Jewish Education, which helps JCCs improve their ability to be excellent venues for Jewish living and learning. Its primary focus is the Jewish and educational training and development of senior personnel, along with elevating the Judaic nature of JCCs in all program areas. The Mandel Center is funded by a generous grant from the Mandel Foundation.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5110

E-Mail: dackerman@jcca.org

Matthew Abrams Gerber

Assistant Vice-President, The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Jewish Education

Directs all MCJE programs targeting Jewish living and learning in JCC camps. AVI CHAI’s Chizuk Jewish Program Directors are placed in all JCC Lekhu Lakhem camps to help strengthen the Jewish content in all camp programming. TAG: Jewish Values Through JCC Camping brings Jewish perspectives to daily living through classic texts, stories, discussion, and arts activities.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-710-6434

E-Mail: mabramsgerber@jcca.org

Lea Sarris

Program Associate, The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Jewish Education

Provides administrative and program support for the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Jewish Education.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5088

E-Mail: lsarris@jcca.org

Marketing & Communications

Marketing and Communications maintains consistent brand image for the JCCs of North America and provides strategic marketing planning and implementation for JCC Association and its programs. Develops corporate sponsorship and preferred vendor programs.

Robin Ballin

Senior Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer

Oversees marketing and branding strategies and functions for JCC Association. Develops marketing plans and provides guidance for the marketing of JCC Association programs, events, and initiatives. Supervises JCC Association marketing, communications, and graphic design staff. Director of JCCs of North America Biennial Convention.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5112

E-Mail: robin@jcca.org

Joanne Harmon

Creative Director

Responsible for art direction and graphic design of all JCC Association publications and print and electronic materials. Develops continental strategies to build brand identity for the JCC Movement. Conceptualizes collateral materials for JCC Association programs. Supervises artists and designers, and assists JCC professional staff with questions regarding design and related matters.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5101

E-Mail: jharmon@jcca.org

Marla Cohen

Communications Manager

Provides continual writing and editorial support for all of JCC Association’s printed materials, newsletters, website, and JCC Circle magazine. Additionally, conducts ongoing public outreach through press releases and advisories to all media on behalf of JCC Association. Assists JCC professional staff with questions regarding written communications, media and public relations, and related matters.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5092

E-Mail: mcohen@jcca.org

Jeremy Kortes

Senior Graphic & Multimedia Designer

Conceives, produces, and edits promotional and educational videos. Designs, creates, and lays out graphics for JCC Association projects and programs. Conceptualizes and illustrates designs and artwork to incorporate with the graphics.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5143

E-Mail: jeremy@jcca.org

Lisa Kaplan, Graphic Designer JCC Association

Lisa Kaplan

Graphic Designer

Designs, creates, and lays out graphics for JCC Association projects and programs. Conceptualizes and illustrates designs and artwork to incorporate with the graphics.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5087

E-Mail: lkaplan@jcca.org

Chris Strom, Director, New Media and Social Networking JCC Association

Chris Strom

Director, New Media and Social Networking

Creates and implements the digital marketing strategy including managing our web presence, social media channels and directing JCC Association through the digital world. Consults JCCs on how they best can use digital media to grow their business and engage their community.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5117

E-Mail: cstrom@jcca.org

Samantha Tananbaum

Digital Marketing Associate

Responsible for creating, overseeing and executing email, social media and web-based marketing initiatives to grow and engage JCC Association’s online audience.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5144

E-Mail: stananbaum@jcca.org

Program Services

Provides JCCs and camps with program assessment and resources to help them maintain creative, innovative programming in arts and culture, early childhood education, adults, individuals with special needs, fitness and recreation. It also coordinates the JCC Maccabi, which includes JCC Maccabi Games, JCC Maccabi ArtsFest, and JCC Maccabi Israel.

Arnie Sohinki

Senior Vice-President Program Services

Gives overall direction to all JCC Association program services and supervises the Merrin Center, JCC Maccabi, day and resident camping, adult programming, Israel office, early childhood education and family engagement, and sports and wellness departments.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5097

E-Mail: arnie@jcca.org

Nicole Risener

Program Associate, Program Services

Provides administrative and program support for Program Services.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5093

E-Mail: nrisener@jcca.org

Early Childhood Education

Mark Horowitz

Vice-President, Early Childhood Education and Family Engagement

Consults extensively with JCCs on exemplary practice and current research in early childhood education and family engagement, studying and role-modeling our Jewish expression of values as the core of our programs and centers.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5098

E-Mail: mark@jcca.org

Alison Pepper

Assistant Vice-President, Early Childhood Education and Family Engagement

Consults with JCCs on exemplary practice and current research in early childhood education and family engagement, studying and role-modeling our Jewish expression of values as the core of our programs and centers.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5091

E-Mail: apepper@jcca.org

Mackenzie Noda

Program Associate, Early Childhood Education and Health and Wellness Services

Provides administrative and program support for the Early Childhood Education.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5095

E-Mail: mnoda@jcca.org

Health and Wellness

Steve Becker

Vice-President, Health and Wellness Services | Discover @ the JCC

Consults with sports and wellness staff about programming and facilities. Oversees programs and services for health and wellness, including Discover @ the JCC, DiscoverCATCH, and Lenny Krayzelburg-JCC Swim Academy.  Educational coordinator for Sports and Wellness conferences, and preferred vendor contact for sports and wellness-related vendors.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5105

E-Mail: steveb@jcca.org

Brian Soileau

Consultant, Fitness and Membership | Manager Corporate Partnerships

Provides support and consultation to JCCs in all areas of fitness and wellness, as well as membership recruitment and retention.

Contact Information

Phone: 504-237-5750

E-Mail: brian@jcca.org

Randy Ellen Lutterman

Vice President for Arts and Culture
Director, JCC Maccabi ArtsFest

Provides support and leadership, communicating with JCCs across the continent about arts and culture programming, advising on content, growth of programs, and funding opportunities. This includes working directly with JCCs to maximize and share resources, trends and programming ideas, as well as creating signature programming and support materials for JCCs designed to further strategic and program development.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5123

E-Mail: randy@jcca.org

Mackenzie Noda

Program Associate, Early Childhood Education and Health and Wellness Services

Provides administrative and program support for the Health and Wellness Services departments.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-710-5095

E-Mail: mnoda@jcca.org

JCC Maccabi Games® & JCC Maccabi ArtsFest®

Jonathan Fass

Vice President | Director, JCC Maccabi
Director, Merrin Center for Teen Engagement.

Primary visionary, leader, and service manager for JCC Maccabi Games ®, JCC Maccabi ArtsFest® and JCC Maccabi Israel programs and staff. This includes securing future host communities, consultation with delegations and with host communities.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5089

E-Mail: jfass@jcca.org

Randy Ellen Lutterman

Vice President for Arts and Culture
Director, JCC Maccabi ArtsFest

Responsible for the on-going development of the mission, vision and content for JCC Maccabi ArtsFest,, the creative arts sister program of JCC Maccabi Games. This includes developing the long-term strategy of this essential piece of JCC Maccabi, as well as innovating and growing the program so that it can be experienced by more Jewish teens across the continent.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5123

E-Mail: randy@jcca.org

Mike Gordon

Program Director, JCC Maccabi

Direct liaison to delegation heads providing support to help our delegations grow and strengthen, manages the allotment process, oversees operations, medical, safety and security protocols. Also responsible for developing training opportunities for coaches and chaperons.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5116

E-Mail: mgordon@jcca.org

Jordan Zarin, Host Community Liaison, JCC Maccabi

Jordan Zarin

Host Community Liaison, JCC Maccabi

Primary support for for JCC Maccabi Games® and JCC Maccabi ArtsFest® to ensure success of host communities.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5145

E-Mail: jzarin@jcca.org

Merrin Center for Teen Engagement

Creates programs and resources for teens and the professionals working with them to help JCCs inspire the next generation to embark on its Jewish journey.

Jodi Sperling

Vice-President | Director, Merrin Center for Teen Engagement and Camping

Oversees all initiatives in the areas of camping and teen services, including the Merrin Fellowship for Teen Professionals. Provides consultation, support and resources to JCCs and affiliated day and resident camps.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5130

E-Mail: jodi@jcca.org

Shara Perlman

Assistant Director of Camping

Main touch point for JCC professionals dealing with youth/teen programming. Provides leadership to JCC Day camps through consultation, conference planning and resource management. Oversees the J1 Camp Counselor VISA program.

Contact Information

Phone: 212-786-5111

E-Mail: shara@jcca.org

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