Dear Congregants, Community Members, and Friends,
After completing a careful and considered search process that began late last year, we are pleased to announce that Barbara Zakin has joined CRS as our new Executive Director. Barbara was the unanimous choice of the Search Committee.
Barbara has more than 20 years experience in program development, social responsibility initiatives, communications and event marketing in both the public and the private sectors. She joins us after a 14-year career at Citigroup, where she held various positions, most recently as a Senior Vice President of Citi Community Development. Prior to joining Citi, Barbara was the Associate Director of Marketing at the Museum of Natural History here in New York City. Barbara is active in synagogue life and is dedicated to Jewish volunteerism and social justice initiatives. Barbara lives on the Upper East Side with her husband, Matthew Diebel, and their two children, Lydia and George.
We all are deeply grateful to Nancy Solomon for her volunteering–for the second time, no less–to be the acting Executive Director since Michael Kimmel left in December. Her unparalleled knowledge of the workings of CRS allowed her to provide a strong, guiding hand to the entire staff and assured that CRS remained on track until we hired a new Executive Director. We cannot thank her enough for this.
Barbara began her role earlier in the month and has already impressed us with her ability to learn who we are as a congregation. When you see her around, please be sure to introduce yourself to her and welcome her in the warmest Rodeph Sholom way. We will be having a special Congregational Pre-neg (like an oneg, but before Shabbat Services begin) to welcome Barbara on April 24th beginning at 5:00 P.M.
Rabbi Robert N. Levine, D.D., Senior Rabbi, Congregation Rodeph Sholom
Marty Flumenbaum, President of the Board of Trustees
Brian Perman, Chair of the Executive Director Search Committee