Educational Alliance Executive Becomes New Head of Manhattan JCC

Posted on: September 21st, 2021 at 5:11 am by

From the Lower East Side to the Upper West Side.

Rabbi Joanna Samuels, the sitting executive director of the Manny Cantor Center at the Educational Alliance, is set to become the new chief executive director of the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. Her new gig begins early next year, marking a significant transition at one of the world’s largest Jewish Community Centers.

Samuels replaces Rabbi Joy Levitt, who announced her plans to retire last April after fifteen years at the top.

“The JCC is a vital, healthy, and dynamic institution, and it is a privilege to lead it,” said Samuels, a founding executive of the Manny Cantor Center, in a statement.

Samuels hopes to further bolster the JCC’s commitment to diverse viewpoints, while offering a space for belonging and shared experience.

“The exchange of ideas is part of how we move forward,” said Samuels. “We can agree on some things and disagree on others, while still retaining a sense that we are a people,” she said.

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