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Dear Congregants,

It is with great pleasure that the Board of Directors and I announce that Susan Mack will join the Woodstock Jewish Congregation as our Executive Director. Susan will begin her journey with us on January 3rd.

The Search Committee, chaired by Myrna Sameth, received and reviewed more than three dozen resumes from as far away as California. Six candidates were interviewed via video conferencing and three were asked to a second, in-person interview. I would like to thank my colleagues, Judy Lewis, George Swain and Kathi Wood who served on the Search Committee as well as Rabbi Jonathan, Danny Rubenstein, Paul Mozian and Matt White who assisted with the selection process. Their efforts are deeply appreciated.

Most recently, Susan comes to us from Lake Placid, NY where she served as the Executive Director of the Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance. With more than 30 years of experience, Susan has served in various positions in the not-for-profit world.  Her skills are in sync with our needs and we are excited to have her join our team in this leadership position.

Susan has both a Conservative and Reconstructionist background and, through family and friends, has ties to the Hudson Valley. In her spare time, her hobbies of choice are white-water kayaking and opera.

I am confident that Susan will be an excellent match for this position and a strong asset to our synagogue and our community. She is eager to help us build on our strong foundation as we move into the future. Susan describes her style as collaborative and she is excited to join forces with our staff and Rabbi Jonathan.

A welcome get-together will be announced in the very near future so that you all can meet Susan and welcome her to our congregation family.


Jerry Lerner
President, Woodstock Jewish Congregation