Bringing over twenty-five years of involvement in Jewish education and organizational leadership, Andrew Ergas is the Executive Director of the Shames JCC, previously serving in a similar role at the Jewish Community Project Downtown (JCP), a new model of Jewish community based in Tribeca that integrates a school, non-denominational congregation and communal center. Prior to JCP, Andrew spent seven years as Head of School at Beit Rabban Day School on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. In the past, his roles included Executive Director of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA), a Director of the Union for Reform Judaism’s Youth Division, a resident and day camp director for both Young Judaea and for JCC’s, and as an organizational management consultant.
Andrew was ordained in Jerusalem by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, and holds master’s degrees in nonprofit management and in Hebrew literature. A graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education certificate program, Andrew is also a doctoral candidate in education at the Jewish Theological Seminary, with a research focus on Hebrew, identity and pedagogy.
A frequent lecturer and writer on Israel and Diaspora relations, Jewish history and effective change management within organizational life, Rabbi Ergas is recognized as a leading speaker and educator in the Jewish community and beyond. He enjoys playing guitar, great movies, and spending time outdoors. Andrew lives in Hartsdale, N.Y. with his wife Jennifer and has three sons, Erez, Natan and Ari.