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JCC Leadership Training Institute accepts first cohort

Dec. 1, 2017
Marla Cohen, director of communications
[email protected]; 212-786-5092

JCC Association partners with JTS to build JCC professionals’ career paths

New York
–JCC Association of North America, in partnership with the Leadership Commons, part of the Davidson School at the Jewish Theological Seminary, has selected 21 JCC professionals to participate in its first cohort of the JCC Leadership Training Institute.

They 21 middle-management professionals represent a diverse group of JCCs from across North America. They were selected from among more than 40 applicants, who were interviewed and recommended by their JCC executive director. They are all leaders in their JCC and ready to move to the next level in their careers, according to Joy Brand-Richardson, vice president and director of training and professional development at JCC Association.

“This is tremendous opportunity to reward excellence on the part of those who applied, and to develop our next generation of leaders in the Jewish non-profit world,” said Brand-Richardson. “JCC Association is deeply committed to working with them to develop visionary leaders with a deep commitment to Jewish knowledge and values, and a strong group of colleagues with whom they can grow.”

The program was designed to meet the needs of professionals who seek the next level in their career, teaching key concepts and skills critical to exemplary leadership and management of Jewish Community Centers. The 16-month program engages participants in a curriculum of core management and operational principles necessary to successfully lead a complex, non-profit agency.

Individuals will create a shared language and a community of colleagues who weave Jewish knowledge, values and ethics into vision and practice at their JCC. The program will aim to spur inspiration and innovative leadership for the JCC movement.

The goal of the program is to cultivate the next generation of professional leadership experts who possess strong skills in visioning, leadership, management, communication, and collaboration. Each of these areas will be explored throughout the duration of the program.

The highly subsidized program was made possible through a grant from the Irwin and Joan Jacobs Securing Jewish Futures Fund, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and JCC Association. The program begins in early January with an opening webinar and includes three in-person retreats, with additional online learning scheduled in between. Participants will work with JCC Association and JTS staff, who form the core faculty of the program, which aims to spur inspiration and innovative leadership for the JCC Movement.

Meet the JCC LTI Cohort:

Aaron Atlas, Director of Youth & Camping Engagement – Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
Adam Benmoise, Director of Camp Twelve Trails – YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood
Fallon Butler, Director of Development – Miles Nadal JCC
Jamie Darsa, PJ Library Manager – JCC of Greater Boston
Stephanie Dworkin, Director of Marketing – Betty & Milton Katz JCC
Kimberly Gordon, Cultural Arts & Adult Department Director – Peninsula JCC
Rosalyn Knox, Program Director, Sports & Fitness – Memphis JCC
Lisa Monette, Director of Early Childhood – Merage JCC of Orange County
Meryl Rindsberg, Director of Day Camps & Afterschool Programs – Marcus JCC of Atlanta
Scott Russell, Health & Wellness Program Manager – Calgary JCC
Renee Sasso, Director of Children and Family Programs – Galbut Family Miami Beach JCC
Diana Schnabel-Arevado, Director of Operations – Addison-Penzak JCC
Anna Shabtay, Director of Special Projects – Evelyn Rubenstein JCC
Clara Silver, Director of Operations – JCC of Ann Arbor
Jennifer Smith, Senior Director of Arts, Culture, & Community Engagement– Bender JCC of Greater Washington
Allison Snyder, Director of Fitness & Recreation – Weinstein JCC
David Soloman, Director of Operations – Mayerson JCC
Rachel Stein, Member Engagement Director – JCC of Greater Hartford
Jerrad Strand, Youth & Teen Director – Salt Lake City JCC
Thomas Wachunas, Director Health, Wellness & Membership – Sidney Albert JCC of Albany
Randi Zucker, Director of Arts, Education & Jewish Programs – JCC of Central NJ

About JCC Association of North America:

JCC Association of North America strengthens and leads JCCs, YM-YWHAs and camps throughout North America. As the convening organization, JCC Association partners with JCCs to bring together the collective power and knowledge of the JCC Movement. JCC Association offers services and resources to increase the effectiveness of JCCs as they provide community engagement and educational, cultural, social, recreational, and Jewish identity building programs to enhance Jewish life throughout North America. By supporting the 25,000 Jewish communal professionals who connect with two million JCC participants each year—JCC Association encourages engaged lives of purpose and meaning.

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