September 29, 2015
Today marks my first day serving as the new Chief Executive Officer of the PJCC and it was a day filled with inspiring moments and experiences. As I walked through our beautiful Center I was thrilled by the vibrancy and diversity of the programs offered and of the people participating. In a single day, I encountered Preschool children buzzing about classrooms, adults attending fitness classes, kids learning to swim, youth engaged in dynamic afterschool programs, a lively discussion in the Jewish Book Club meeting, and ample socializing. The PJCC is filled with opportunities for learning, growth, health, personal transformation, and community-building.
The best things happen here.
In meeting and talking with people I was struck by how many referred to the PJCC as “my second home.” Many of you also mentioned how the Center serves as a destination and gateway to engage with Jewish life and heritage and as a place that promotes cross-cultural understanding. You come here for social, educational, and spiritual benefits, as well as the experience of vibrant wellness.
As a member of the JCC community, you want to feel valued and welcomed — to belong. You expect and deserve programs and services that are interesting, engaging, and relevant. I will sustain and expand this vision through collaboration with the Center’s dedicated and talented staff, board members, volunteers, and donors. My commitment to you is that the PJCC will listen intently to what the community needs and we will deliver in the best ways possible.
JCCs have always played an important part in my life. As a child I attended a JCC preschool and spent nearly every Sunday “at the J” playing sports, and taking classes. In my teenage years I worked at JCC summer camps and participated in youth leadership programs where I made life-long friends and learned important life and work skills. Years later, I even met my wife, Laura, while working at a JCC. So I can say with deep conviction and sincerity that I understand the positive and formative impact that JCCs can have on a person’s life. I wish for you and your family a similarly fulfilling, life-affirming PJCC experience.
It is with excitement, enthusiasm, and gratitude that my family and I join this wonderful community. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you.
Chief Executive Officer