March 26, 2019
Worcester JCC Appoints Emily Rosenbaum as Exec. Director

Emily Rosenbaum
February 25, 2018 — The Worcester Jewish Community Center, a nonprofit that provides educational, health, wellness, social, and recreational programs for people living in Greater Worcester, recently announced that Emily Rosenbaum has been appointed executive director.

Rosenbaum succeeds Emily Holdstein, who retired from the position in December after 17 years.

“During the selection process, the JCC search committee was particularly impressed with Emily’s passion and experience in community-building, her abilities and experiences operating non-profit organizations and her enthusiasm for relationship-building,” said George Pins, president of the Worcester Jewish Community Center board of directors, quoted in the Massachusetts Jewish Ledger.

He added Rosenbaum, selected after a national search, will help the Worcester JCC "continue to thrive and grow in ways that will benefit our membership and the entire Greater Worcester region.”

For the last four years, Rosenbaum served as chief executive officer of The Akshaya Patra Foundation USA in Stoneham, which runs daily, mid-day school meal programs that feed 1.6 million children in government run schools in India. While there she added several fundraising chapters and developed a Youth Ambassador program.

Prior to that she was executive director of Coalition for a Better Acre in Lowell for seven years, during which she increased grant and earned income revenues for the organization. In that role she also founded the Foreclosure Prevention Center of the Merrimack Valley, co-founded a regional community loan fund called Mill Cities Community Investments, and helped establish a boutique loan fund to help prevent local families from having their homes foreclosed on by big national banks.

Earlier, she served as executive director for Twin Cities Community Development Corporation in Fitchburg and Leominster.

In 2011, she traveled to Hubli India where she learned about frugal innovation through the Social Innovation Sandbox. That led to her founding the Merrimack Valley Time Bank.

Read more about Rosenbaum's nonprofit journey.

Rosenbaum earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from Vassar College, a Master of Public Administration degree from New York University, and a certificate in community development from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

During her tenure, Holdstein oversaw growth of the many JCC programs, including an early childhood center, senior fitness programs, and cultural events. Having worked to secure the organization’s financial future.

When she started the job, the Worcester JCC was more than $1 million in debt, according to the Worcester Business Journal (WBJ). The organization paid off the debt and today has a $4 million operating budget and 35 full-time employees.

"I'm proud we have made the JCC a broader-based community organization. We are still working to let everyone know the JCC is for everyone," Holdstein was quoted in the WBJ.

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