Dear Shames JCC Community,
I am excited to announce that Adam Weiss is joining the Harold and Elaine Shames JCC as our new Chief Executive Officer. He will join the team beginning this September.The Board of Governors selected Adam based on his 25 years of senior management experience, and all the intangibles he possesses that make him a proven leader and manager.
Adam joins the JCC after serving as CEO of Ramapo for Children, a $10 million organization with offices in New York City and Rhinebeck, NY, that works with schools, agencies, and families to support young people challenged by disability, trauma, and poverty. Prior to Ramapo for Children, Adam founded Oasis Children’s Services, a company operating a network of children’s summer enrichment programs throughout the New York metropolitan area. His experience also includes serving as the Executive Director of the American Camp Association in New York, the Director of Education Initiatives at the Partnership for New York City, and as an advisor in the Office of the Chancellor of the New York City Schools. In addition, he has been a consultant who has advised numerous organizations on strategy, governance, and program design. Adam has a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a management degree from the Yale School of Management.
Adam will work with the Board, Staff, and our Members to help lead the Shames JCC past the pandemic and into a new era of community building and Jewish life in the Rivertowns and beyond. With Adam’s guidance and strategic thinking, the Shames JCC will continue to grow and achieve its vision of being an inclusive community center where people spanning multiple generations can connect with one another and build lasting relationships. It will no doubt help that Adam is already familiar with the Shames JCC and our community as he is a long-time JCC member and Rivertowns resident.
We are looking forward to this next chapter for the JCC. Throughout the fall, we will create opportunities for Adam and all of you to get to know one another. Please introduce yourself when you see him. Let’s welcome Adam warmly to our JCC.
Very truly yours,
Brad Schwartz, Chair of the Board of Governors