Jennifer Dubrow Weiss, Executive Director of Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Services (www.jfcssnj.org), has been selected to serve as the new CEO for the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey (www.jfedsnj.org). Jennifer will be installed to the new position on October 21st, and will take over for the retiring CEO, Joel Kaber.
“I am thrilled for this opportunity, and to be able to follow in the footsteps of my mentor, Joel Kaber. As a product of this Jewish community, I have a great understanding of where we’ve been, and where we need to go. I think we can invigorate the organization and draw on the amazing strengths within the community,” says Jennifer. “I look forward to working with the staff, board and the community-at-large to make our Federation more value-added for those living here. It has truly been a great honor to work with JFCS, and I want to thank the staff and lay leaders of the JFCS for their unwavering support over the years.”
Jennifer has a rich history in Jewish Communal service for over 20 years. Her career with JFCS began as a social worker, eventually she served as Director of Senior Services, and then as JFCS assistance executive director. She has been the agency’s Executive Director for seven years.
Joel Kaber highlights Jennifer’s long history in the community and vision for the future, “My number one goal in announcing my planned retirement more than a year and a half ago was for our community to engage in just such a national search and to find and hire the most qualified candidate,” says Kaber. “In Jen, we have a seasoned executive who both knows and loves the Jewish community of Southern New Jersey. She has a proven track record of accomplishment which includes: fund-raising, staff development, team building, service delivery and community engagement. We are indeed in very capable hands.”
Throughout her years of service to the Jewish Federation community, Jennifer was responsible for starting up the ACHAD program at the Katz JCC for individuals with special needs and their families. She coordinated the “Special Games” component to the Maccabi Games when they were hosted by the Katz JCC, which was only the second time they had ever been offered as a part of the Games.
Mark Shapiro, President of the JFCS Board, says, “Jennifer has achieved so many wonderful accomplishments during her 20-plus year tenure with JFCS. She has led our agency to new heights and will leave us with solid systems and structure in place. It is a testament to her leadership and successes that she was tapped for this important and challenging position. We look forward to regularly working with Jen in her new position.”
Jennifer was also the Statewide recipient for the prestigious Leo Brody Award for Jewish communal service in 1997 as a new social worker. In addition to her milestones achieved with ACHAD, Jennifer has also served on AJFCA National Board of Directors, as well as the legislative task force for AJFCA, and is on the State Association of Jewish Federations of New Jersey Government Relations Council.
“We are so pleased and excited that Jennifer will succeed Joel Kaber as the next CEO of our Jewish Federation,” says Federation President Robert Schwartz. “Jennifer has been an a terrific executive of our Jewish Family and Children’s Service, and we know she will bring her unmatched energy, vision and compassion for our Jewish community both locally and overseas as she serves our broader community in her new role.”
Jennifer is the daughter of the late Ellen Dubrow, past VP of JFCS, and Ron & Rande Dubrow. Jennifer credits her love of the Jewish community to her parents and their active volunteerism and leadership in the Jewish community. Her father Ron Dubrow and mother-in-law Linda P Weiss are past presidents of Congregation Beth El, where Jen is an active Board member. Jennifer and her husband, Jim, a board member of the Jewish Community Voice, live in Voorhees raising their daughters, Ilana & Emma.