The Network will engage members to better serve the people who need their support
January 17, 2017, New York, NY – A highly respected leader in the Jewish human services community, Reuben Rotman, will take on the role of the inaugural chief executive officer of the newly formed Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies (NJHSA), it was announced today. His mission is to establish a vibrant association that will become a leading voice for human service organizations – the go-to place for best practices, research, innovation and partnerships. The Network’s over-arching goal is to strengthen agencies so that they can better serve the people who need their help.
“One of the forward-looking innovators who helped create the Network, Reuben brings his vision, extensive experience and leadership skills to the task of building it,” said June Gutterman, co-chair of The Network’s steering committee. “Reuben combines strategic thinking, planning and implementation with a deep understanding of the challenges currently facing human service agencies.”
Two years in the making, The Network was developed by a joint steering committee of leaders from the Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies (AJFCA) and the International Association of Jewish Vocational Services (IAJVS). It launches with the combined membership of the two organizations, consisting of 140 of North America’s leading Jewish human service agencies (as well as three in Israel). Hundreds of thousands of people – both Jews and non-Jews alike – are served each year. The AJFCA and the IAJVS will combine into one organization, called The Network.
“Our goal is to leverage the best of both organizations and take an expanded Network to the next level, to become a guiding force in Jewish human services, strengthening and supporting vocational, family, healthcare, senior citizen, disability and all other human service agencies and the people they serve,” said Rotman, who has served as executive director of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey (JFS). “As an association with an international network, we have the opportunity to impact our field broadly. I am excited to begin working with a stellar group of leaders to build even greater partnerships.”
About Reuben Rotman
Reuben’s commitment to the field of Jewish communal service has been unwavering and has included operations and professional leadership experiences in Federation and Jewish Family Service organizations in Detroit and New York, as well as as a board member of J-Pro New Jersey. Most recently, Reuben has served as the executive director of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey, where he oversaw significant revenue diversification for the agency resulting in marked growth in both annual operating and endowment support, along with an expansion of populations served.
Reuben is a member of the board of the national Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies (AJFCA). Prior to joining the JFS of MetroWest, Reuben held positions with the UJA Federation of New York, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and the JFS of Metropolitan Detroit. Reuben’s educational background includes an MA in the Management of Human Services from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and an MA in Jewish Communal Service from the Hornstein Program, both of which are affiliated with Brandeis University.
About the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies
The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies (NJHSA) will be a 501(c)(3). Its mission is to become a leading voice for human service organizations – the go-to place for best practices, research, innovation and partnerships. With a focus on the needs of its 140 member organizations, The Network’s over-arching goal is to strengthen its member agencies to better serve those who seek their help.