What role do executive directors play in Reconstructionist congregations, and how do you know when your congregation is ready to explore the idea of hiring one? Join executive director/lay leader teams from two JRF affiliates: Chapel Hill Kehillah (Chapel Hill, NC) and Congregation Beth Evergreen (Evergreen, Colorado) to hear the process by which these two congregations developed a position, interviewed, hired and maintain an executive director position. Also learn about the newly formed group, CEDAR (Congregational Executive Directors and Administrators in Reconstructionism), which provides informal professional networking for JRF executive directors and senior administrators.
You can listen to the audio recording of this call at http://jrf.org/node/2680
Melissa Segal has served as Executive Director for the Chapel Hill Kehillah since 2006. From 2000-2006, she was the Education Director at the Kehillah, during which she co-founded and then served as Chair of RENA, the Reconstructionist Educators of North America. She recently co-founded and now co-chairs CEDAR, Congregational Executive Directors and Administrators in Reconstructionism. Melissa has a Master’s degree in Social Work and a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University.
Neshama Mousseau has served as Executive Director for Congregation Beth Evergreen (CBE) since 2004. With more than 26 years in nonprofit management positions, her Jewish communal professional and lay service has included: founding member of the liberal Chevra Kaddisha in Boulder, CO in 1986; board member of the Jewish Renewal Community of Boulder; and Executive Director of the Jewish Senior Recreation Network in Denver. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a graduate of the Colorado Nonprofit Leadership and Management Program. She recently co-founded and now co-chairs CEDAR, Congregational Executive Directors and Administrators in Reconstructionism.
Howard Glicksman has served on the Executive Committee and Board of the Kehillah for the past 10 years. For the last 4 years, and during the time the Kehillah made the transition to having an Executive Director, he served as co-president and then president of the Kehillah. He also serves as treasurer of NC Hillel and regional president on the JRF Board.
Rich Levine has been a member of Congregation Beth Evergreen (CBE) since moving to Colorado in 1995. He has served the Congregation in numerous roles, including Past President, during a term when the CBE was in transition into its first building, hired its first full-time rabbi via the JRF hiring process(Rabbi Jamie Arnold), and the community's decision to discard its entirely unaffiliated status maintained for some 30 years and to affiliate with JRF. The combination of these decisions necessitated a careful balance of capital fundraising, revisiting the dues structure, re-alignment of debt, and the production of income for the synagogue internally and through third-party relationships. Rich currently serves the community as a religious school instructor (7th grade). Rich is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (law) and the University of California, Santa Barbara (Sociology, and Law and Society). He currently practices law in Evergreen, Colorado, and has maintained positions as an Adjunct Professor teaching law at the Colorado School of Mines and the University of Denver Women’s College.