Our Commitment to Community Engagement

October 13, 2013

By Kipp Friedman

The Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC continues to invest to engage members and to meet our community where they are. Learning from the The Vision and Statement of Principles for the 21st Century issued by the JCCA (the national consultative body that supports JCCs across North America) the Milwaukee JCC has created two new leadership key positions to deepen our impact in the community. Over the summer, Sarah Ruiz has taken on the new role as Youth and Adult Engagement Director and Rachel Greenspan is now the Early Childhood and Family Engagement Director.

“Each engagement leader has a specific focus,” said Peter Blair, JCC Associate Executive Director. “The new positions cut across all demographics. We’re thinking about all points of engagement.” Blair said the two new positions will help the JCC create consistency throughout the entire agency, allowing our members and users to have a known point of contact for any and all their interests.

Greenspan will focus on building bridges for families with children ages 0-4 years while Ruiz will work with children ages 5 through older adults.

“By making such a strong investment in these two highly capable staff members – both of whom have an impressive track record of high performance, we are confident in their ability to open more avenues for people to engage in Jewish life,” Blair explained. “We’re giving the community clear messages about our dedication to engaging more people in Jewish life.”

Ruiz said she looks forward to growing pre-teen and teen populations. “There are a wide range of opportunities for school-age children,” she said. Older adults can also benefit from the breadth of arts and culture available at the JCC. “We are experts in these fields. We have amazing staff to work with and to learn from,” she noted. 

“I am excited to have the opportunity to explore new initiatives for family engagement within the JCC,” added Greenspan. “I hope that this will ultimately lead to the expansion of programs available through our Nash Parenting Center, providing additional activities, classes and educational opportunities for the whole family.”

This article was reprinted from the Fall 2013 Centerline.  To read more Centerline articles, click here