JTS Appoints Rabbi, National Outreach and Director of Alumni Affairs

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January 17, 2008, New York, NY

Rabbi David Ackerman

The Jewish Theological Seminary has announced the appointment of Rabbi David Ackerman as rabbi, National Outreach, and Rochelle Rudnick as director of Alumni Affairs.

“In my inaugural address, I pledged that JTS would increase its service to the community,” said Chancellor Arnold Eisen. “The creation of these positions, and the highly talented individuals chosen to fill them, underscores JTS’s recognition of its obligations beyond its walls to the education and betterment of Jews everywhere, and to our country.”

“It is with great pride that we welcome alumni Rabbi Ackerman and Rochelle Rudnick back to JTS. It speaks for itself that those who once learned here have returned to continue the great work of this institution,” said Rabbi Carol Davidson, vice chancellor of Institutional Advancement.

As rabbi, National Outreach, Rabbi Ackerman will create and implement adult education programming across the country. “We at JTS have a distinctive approach to Torah that needs to be shared with the Jewish world. My goal is to help build communities filled with meaningful and content rich adult educational programs as well as foster deeper connections between JTS and rabbis, cantors, and educators in the field.”

Prior to his appointment at JTS, Rabbi Ackerman was spiritual leader of Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, for more than fifteen years, where he created new adult education programs, revamped Shabbat services, organized ongoing caring community groups, created an annual interfaith education series with the local clergy association, and organized and led community Israel trips. A graduate of JTS, where he was ordained in 1990, he received his A.B. degree from Princeton University.

Rochelle Rudnick

As director of Alumni Affairs, Rochelle Rudnick will be responsible for the planning and implementation of comprehensive and diversified alumni outreach service programs and social activities for alumni of all five schools at JTS. Her appointment comes just months after she completed an MA degree in interdisciplinary studies at The Graduate School.

“My experience as a JTS student was exceptionally rewarding, both educationally and personally. As director of alumni affairs, my efforts will be directed toward helping alumni connect with each other, provide professional development and leadership training opportunities, and further the mission of JTS.

A graduate of Binghamton University with a BA in history, Rudnick is experienced in developing, planning, and managing events with a focus on adult education. She is a past chair of the Adult Education Committee at Congregation Beth Sholom in Teaneck, New Jersey, and a past coordinator of the Melton Adult Mini-School in River Edge, New Jersey. She has also served as special events coordinator at Givat Haviva Educational Foundation and as a legal assistant in several law firms, all in New York City.

Rabbi David Ackerman can be reached at (212) 678-8049 or daackerman@jtsa.edu. Rochelle Rudnick can be contacted at (212) 678-8909 or rorudnick@jtsa.edu.

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