SJ BBYO director Ira Dounn starts national position
Ira Dounn, who was South Jersey BBYO’s program director, has been hired as a new director of Jewish enrichment for BBYO. The new program is being funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation to deepen Jewish education in BBYO. The three new directors of Jewish enrichment being hired will enable BBYO to deepen the Jewish experiential learning offered to its teen-led community and prepare Jewish teens for a lifetime of Jewish involvement.
The new professionals will be dispersed in geographic hubs and will be networked together as a team of educational entrepreneurs. They will be given the opportunity to work with teen leaders, volunteer adult advisors and program professionals to impact local and regional programming.
Dounn, who will focus on BBYO’s Northeast Regions, most recently served as BBYO’s South Jersey Region program director, and has worked at Jewish Child Care Association’s Bukharian Teen Lounge and B’nai Jeshurun’s Teen Programs of NY. In these capacities, he has helped to lead teen service and leadership experiences throughout the U.S. as well as in Nicaragua, Bulgaria, and Israel.
Originally from Teaneck, NJ, Dounn graduated from the University of Chicago, studied at Yeshivat Hamivtar in Efrat, Israel and at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, and just graduated with an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and earned his Masters in Jewish Education from Hebrew College in Boston with BBYO’s Professional Development Institute. .