Federation hires new exec from within

Federation hires new exec from within

Susan Antman, who will take over as federation executive director July 1, envisions “building gateways” to Jewish life.
Susan Antman, who will take over as federation executive director July 1, envisions “building gateways” to Jewish life.

With a background in budget and management and extensive knowledge of the local Jewish community, Susan Antman expects to bring a wealth of ideas and expertise to the position of executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County.

Antman, who most recently served as federation associate executive director, was named to the top position by the federation board on May 19. The East Brunswick resident will take over July 1 after the retirement of Gerrie Bamira, with whom she has worked many years.

Antman, said federation president Seth Gross, “brings so many years of experience not only working with federation, but interacting with the community. She brings a strong sense of passion and vision to her work, and is well-respected by her colleagues.”

Antman started at federation 14 years ago as director of planning and allocations and then became director of financial resource development before being appointed associate director. Prior to coming to federation, she was associate budget director in New York City in the administrations of mayors Edward Koch and David Dinkins.

“Susan has a track record of excellence in the many roles she has assumed at our federation over the years,” said Bamira. “Her substantial contributions to philanthropy and deep knowledge of our field make her the perfect choice for our next executive director. I am delighted to pass the torch to my colleague.”

Antman said she is thankful to have had the opportunity to work alongside Bamira, “who has done so much for all of us.”

“I am truly honored and humbled to assume the role of executive director,” she said. “The strength of the federation is its connection with people with vision, passion, intellectual energy, heart, and resources, people who come together to do great things. 

“I believe increased outreach efforts are needed to address the changing demographics of our Jewish community,” said Antman. “My goal is to make federation an even stronger connector, a convener, a source of creative ideas and action to ensure that we nurture Jewish identity, culture, and engagement.”

With the expected merger with the Jewish Federation of Monmouth County in the coming months, Gross said that Antman’s strengths will provide “a steady leadership role at this time of transition.” 

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