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Seeking director, Manalapan JCC looks to grow
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Seeking director, Manalapan JCC looks to grow

The JCC of Western Monmouth County shares office space with the Jewish Federation of Monmouth County in Manalapan.
The JCC of Western Monmouth County shares office space with the Jewish Federation of Monmouth County in Manalapan.

The JCC of Western Monmouth County is conducting a search for a new director of programs, operations, and outreach, filling a gap left by the recent departure of program director Ian Feibelman and cut-backs that saw the elimination of long-time operations and outreach director Shelley Feingold’s position in November.

Despite the staff changes, both the Manalapan-based JCC and the Jewish Federation of Monmouth County say programming continues and the agency is poised for growth.

Upcoming events include the annual Golf Outing, a fund-raiser to benefit both the JCC and the Zachary Foundation, on June 1, as well as the annual classic car show this summer. The JCC continues to sponsor Leisure Learning Lunches at area synagogues and has scheduled a trip to the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene in New York in June.

“We are fully operational,” said Matt Benjamin, the JCC’s past president and current executive committee member.

Feibelman, who became program director in November 2008 and is now the assistant camp director at Black Bear Lake Day Camp in Millstone Township, is continuing to serve as a part-time consultant until a successor is hired.

A part-time employee coordinates senior programs and a second one handles administrative duties in the office.

Federation leaders continue to support and assist the JCC, one of its beneficiary agencies.

“Federation and the JCC of Western Monmouth have been having a series of meetings” to create “community-building activities to grow the JCC,” said federation president Stuart Abraham. “What we’re really looking to do is…leverage the good work of the JCC into an even bigger and more community-wide series of programs.”

“The real challenge is, how are we going to turn this around?” said Abraham. He said one possibility may involve sharing staff between the two organizations, which share office space at Manalapan’s Galleria Mall.

Additionally, said Abraham, “we’re in the process of engaging the broader community” to become more involved.

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