Lori Rubin joins Katz JCC as associate executive director



LORI RUBIN…has over 30 years in Jewish communal service.

LORI RUBIN…has over 30 years in Jewish communal service.

The Katz JCC, Cherry Hill is pleased to welcome Lori Rubin as its associate executive director. Rubin joined the team in late January and brings over 30 years of experience in Jewish communal service, early childhood education, and camp programs.

Most recently, before joining the team in Cherry Hill, Rubin served as the associate executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg, an integrated JCC/Federation system.

“Lori is an incredibly talented, multi-faceted Jewish professional and she brings so much energy and experience to our JCC,” said Oded Kraus, JCC executive director. “She has already hit the ground running with bringing new experiences for our JCC members and planning new initiatives. I am so pleased to have her on our team.”

We sat down with Lori to learn about her and what her plans are in her new role at the J:

What four words best describe you?

Engaging, supportive, passionate and devoted.

What new programs are on the horizon at the Katz JCC?

I have a vision to create a department that supports families— one department that is the primary sharer of what opportunities there are for families— from Early Childhood and JCC Camps at Medford to Aquatics, Sports & Fitness, Enrichment and Child Care, Birthday Parties—you name it. I am looking forward to creating incredible programs for families at the Katz JCC.

Among those you’ve worked with over the span of your career, who do you admire the most and why?

Choosing one person is challenging, but someone I admire immensely is Gabrielle Kaplan- Mayer, the current chief program officer at Jewish Learning Venture. She has done incredible work in the field of inclusion, highlighting Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month in the Greater Philadelphia area as well as offering programs to clergy, educators, and families in the field.

What’s the most important goal you strive for in your career?

Agencies, institutions and congregations must work together to build a stronger Jewish community. I work on this through relationship building in every job I have held and am excited to delve into the South Jersey Jewish community in my role here at the Katz JCC.

What do you like most so far about the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill?

The people! Everyone I have met—staff members, JCC members and lay leaders alike—have been wonderful. I am thrilled to be part of such a fabulous staff team and look forward to meeting so many of our incredible community members in person.

If you could be remembered for anything in your professional career, what would that be and why?

Creating strong staff teams that hold each other up and support one another both professionally and personally

What is your favorite Hebrew word or phrase?

B’seder—meaning it will be alright—we all have lots going on but it’s all going to be OK. We got this.

You can contact Lori at lrubin@jfedsnj.org or (856) 424-4444, ext. 1239.

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