New Executive Director Settles in at Samost JFCS

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Samost JFCS recently added a new family member, as the agency welcomed Marla Meyers as the new Executive Director of JFCS. Marla previously served as the Associate Executive Director of Hillel of Greater Philadelphia for five years. Prior to that, she held the post of Director of Institutional Advancement for that agency. She was also the Director for Temple University Hillel for 10 years.
“I am thoroughly impressed by the dedication of the JFCS lay leadership and professional staff,” says Meyers. “I look forward to building upon the exemplary foundation that has been established through decades of commitment and hard work by so many, and to using my entrepreneurial spirit to bring the agency to new heights moving forward.”
Meyers has a proven track record in direct fundraising, and acquiring foundation grants. She is credited with initiating the Hillel’s first corporate partners program and with implementing a successful planned giving campaign. She brings extensive experience in coaching, staff development and board relations, as well as program vision and execution.
“We are thrilled that Marla is joining us. She brings a wealth of fundraising experience and is a true relationship builder, with a deep and long-standing appreciation for the services we provide to the community,” shared Mark Shapiro, JFCS Board President.
Marla’s passion for the community has been years in the making. “It was in college while attaining my MSW at Rutgers University that I decided to devote my professional career to the Jewish community. I have always felt that we have a unique opportunity to transform our own history, and while doing so, to transform the world around us,” Marla said.
Marla’s relationship with JFCS began in the 1990’s when she volunteered as a ‘friendly visitor’ at the Dubin House, a low-to-moderate income facility for seniors operated by Jewish Federation Housing in Cherry Hill. Marla also arranged Shabbat services with congregants from M’kor Shalom. She is dedicated to the principles of tikkun olam (repair of the world) and believes that each of us has an important role to play in the evolving story of the Jewish community. Marla has been an active member of the Southern New Jersey community for the past two decades, as a member of Congregation M’kor Shalom, and as a past board member of the Katz Jewish Community Center.
Of the greatest gifts she has acquired during her career thus far, Marla says, “I learned to embrace and celebrate change – and not to be afraid of it. I deeply value transformative and creative vision, as long as it is coupled with an implementation plan. I have also learned that relationships amongst people are the basis for everything positive in life; each of us has the power to be an agent of change, in our own unique way.”
Marla served for three years on the International Hillel Board, winning its Vision and Values Award for outstanding efforts in development last year, and is a past recipient of International Hillel’s highest staff acknowledgement: the Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence Award. In Philadelphia, Marla was a participant in the Wexner Tri-State Leadership Program and a board member of the Tri-State Jewish Communal Professionals Association. Marla earned an MSW from Rutgers, where she had a dual major in Public Policy and Direct Service.
Marla resides in Voorhees with her husband, Dan and her two children, Jordan and Joshua.


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