2018-07-18 / Voice at the Shore

Eric Share installed as JCC president

By ELLEN WEISMAN STRENGER
Voice shore editor


Eric Share (left) was installed as JCC president at the June 25 Annual Meeting by former JCC president Steven Perskie. Eric Share (left) was installed as JCC president at the June 25 Annual Meeting by former JCC president Steven Perskie. Eric Share was installed as new president of the Katz JCC in Margate, replacing outgoing president Marc Neumann, at the center’s Annual Meeting on June 25.

“As I pass the baton to Eric Share, I know our 106-year history will be in good hands,” said Neumann, who has been president of the Margate JCC since 2016.

“Eric will be the person to bring the JCC into the future,” he said, adding that it’s a future likely to include updating the 16-year-old JCC building, successfully competing with other local fitness facilities, and leading the JCC through the retirement of JCC CEO Jack Fox, who has expressed his intention to retire in the foreseeable future.

Share joined the JCC board about 10 years ago. “I have a long history with the JCC,” said Share, a Ventnor resident, who became involved with the JCC after his children attended the JCC’s preschool and Camp by the Sea. “It really impressed me how those activities changed them for the better,” he noted.


JCC leaders and board members at the JCC Annual Meeting on June 25. JCC leaders and board members at the JCC Annual Meeting on June 25. Share said his involvement was initially motivated by his desire to solve problems he saw at Camp by the Sea. He became part of the JCC’s camp committee and ultimately the JCC board, coming on at a time when the center became involved with the Atlantic City Marathon. That involvement led to the development of the Atlantic City Marathon race series, a growing series of AC-area races that the JCC administers. The proceeds of all these races benefit local charities as well as JCC programs.

“I am exceptionally proud that we now have a race series,” said Share, citing the positive impact the races have on the community at large.

Share, a former leader of Congregation Beth Judah (now Shirat Hayam), said he hopes to improve the relationship between the JCC and local synagogues during his tenure, and in doing so create a greater sense of unity within the local Jewish community. As the JCC representative on the Jewish Federation board, Share cited the Jewish Federation’s description of our area as “One Jewish Community,” saying he embraced this vision.

“We have so much to accomplish, but we can’t do it alone,” he said, adding “we should have a lot of fun doing it.”

In addition to being installed as president, Share was also surprised at the Annual Meeting when he received the JCC’s Weinstein Award from former JCC president Steven Perskie. Named for Judge Gerald Weinstein, who helped create the infrastructure for Jewish communal life at the Jersey shore, the award recognizes individuals who serve as role models for integrity and community involvement, said Perskie.

The JCC Annual Meeting also recognized the contributions of JCC staff and volunteers. “The JCC couldn’t exist without our remarkable staff,” stressed JCC CEO Jack Fox, who asked all staff members to stand and be acknowledged.

Fox also enumerated some of the JCC’s recent accomplishments, including the fact it had taken over seven Atlantic Cityarea senior meal sites that serve nearly 1,000 meals daily. He also spoke with pride about the JCC’s recently-established Israeli film series, Jewish book festival, and travel program. The latter program, run by program director Josh Cutler, has offered sold-out trips to Israel, Eastern Europe, Africa, and other destinations for roughly a year.

Fox also made an appeal for those present to take part in the LIFE & LEGACY program by remembering the JCC and other local Jewish organizations in their will, retirement account or life insurance policy. He urged attendees to “leave a gift to your favorite Jewish agency when we contact you.”

Incoming board members Katie DeSalle, Rosalie Lopez, Louis Niedelman, Bruce Peskoe and Leigh Turner were also installed at the annual meeting.

Outgoing president Marc Neumann thanked the board and praised its leadership talent. “I see the next ten years of board presidents on that board,” said Neumann. 

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