Dear Temple Shalom Families and Friends,
In early January, we announced that our Executive Director, Susan Zemsky, will be retiring on June 30 after more than 18 years of dedicated service, and that the Board of Trustees had appointed a committee to lead the search for a new Executive Director. [link]
I am pleased to announce that the search committee completed its work and the Board recently voted to hire Andrew Maayan as Temple Shalom’s new Executive Director. Andrew will be joining us soon, having recently served for several years as executive director of The Woodstock Jewish Congregation in upstate New York. Andrew takes great pleasure in Jewish communal work, truly enjoys coming to the synagogue every day, and is very excited to meet the Temple Shalom community.
Andrew holds a Bachelor Degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew College, a Graduate Certificate in Israel Education from George Washington University, and will soon be completing a Master of Science degree in Nonprofit Management, with a focus on Jewish Education Administration, from Gratz College. He is an alumnus of numerous Hazon/Pearlstone Jewish environmental programs and fellowships, participated in two terms of AmeriCorps service, and holds a very special fondness for his time as a camper at Camp Airy. Andrew is a native of Baltimore and, with his wife Sally, is a proud new parent to a wonderful daughter named Bina.
We have already started to plan for a smooth transition. Andrew and Susan will work together in June, and Andrew will become Executive Director on July 1.
As we welcome Andrew, we will honor, value and pay tribute to Susan and her dedication to our congregation. Save the date for the evening of Saturday, June 18, as we honor Susan and all she has done to build and enhance our community. We will be sharing more details about this joyous occasion soon.
Lastly, please join me in thanking the members of the search committee, which was co-chaired by Carol Jimenez and Karen Lowe, and included Jared Cohen, Berinna Doggett, Rita Klein and Marilyn Ripin. They were joined in the search by our Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Ackerman. The search committee designed and implemented a thorough and inclusive process, reviewed more than two dozen applications, conducted initial interviews, and brought in four finalists for consideration. All clergy, staff, and Board members had the opportunity to meet with and provide feedback on each of the finalists. Andrew received glowing feedback from everyone who met with him. I thank the search committee for their extraordinary and hard work to identify the most qualified candidate and best fit for Temple Shalom as our new Executive Director.
I am incredibly excited about the future of Temple Shalom and look forward to welcoming Andrew Maayan as our new Executive Director.
L’Shalom (In Peace),
Jeff Steger, President