The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) recently announced that HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (SJNM) alumnus and veteran Jewish Federation leader Mark Gurvis will become JFNA’s Executive Vice President. Gurvis graduated from HUC-JIR's SJNM (then the School of Jewish Communal Service) in 1984.
Gurvis stated, "HUC-JIR's School of Jewish Communal Service provided a strong foundation for my career with the Jewish Federation movement. I have remained connected to the HUC-JIR community since my graduation, reflecting my appreciation for my experience there, and the importance I attach to the institution's role in training future Jewish communal professional leadership."
Gurvis has spent much of his life serving the Jewish people, leading bold initiatives in key communities across North America. In nearly 12 years as CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, Gurvis spurred major growth in the Federations’ annual fundraising, from $4.2 million to $7.6 million, despite challenging economic times. During his tenure, the community’s endowment fund also climbed steeply, from $13 million to $34 million. At the same time, Gurvis modernized the Federation’s communications, broadened outreach to young Jews and families through Birthright Israel, Moishe House and PJ Library, and raised Vancouver’s profile in Canada. The Federation’s ties to Israel and the global Jewish community also deepened under Gurvis. The Federation strengthened its partnership with the Upper Galilee Panhandle, intimately connecting the community with the people of Israel.
Before leading the Vancouver community, Gurvis was vice president/assistant director of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. He directed their strategic planning process that resulted in a redesign of social planning and research. He also initiated the planning for a multi-project capital campaign for the Federation’s centennial. Previously, as managing director of the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, Gurvis coordinated a merger that created the new agency, and spearheaded a funding campaign that raised a $10 million Fund for the Jewish Future.
For over 40 years, the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (formerly the School of Jewish Communal Service) has provided a superior educational experience for generations of graduate students pursuing careers as Jewish professional leaders. The SJNM remains committed to giving the next generations of Jewish professional leaders the resources they need to advance and transform the Jewish experience - in North America, in Israel, and throughout the world. Learn more.
The Jewish Federations of North America represents 154 Jewish Federations and over 300 Network communities, which raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually for social welfare, social services, and educational needs. The Federation movement, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice), and Torah (Jewish learning). Learn more.
Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu