New York, NY; May 27, 2009— AJWS has named Aaron Dorfman its new Vice President for Programs.
As AJWS’s Director of Education since 2005, Dorfman has created and implemented educational programs and resources that encourage American Jews to think critically about and engage in the pursuit of social justice for all, worldwide.
Prior to joining AJWS’s staff, Dorfman spent nine years teaching and leading youth programs at Temple Isaiah, a Reform synagogue in Lafayette, California. As a Wexner Fellow from 2001-2005, Aaron received a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a certificate from the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. Aaron holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
“Aaron has a deep understanding of AJWS’s mission, a strong ability to interweave our international grantmaking with our domestic work, and most importantly a commitment to proactive strategic thinking and collaborative teamwork,” says Robert Bank, AJWS’s Executive Vice President. “We are pleased that come mid-July we will have a complete executive team that will allow us to fully embrace the many challenges and the great opportunities that lie ahead.”
In his new position as VP for Programs at AJWS, Dorfman will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s grantmaking, education, service and advocacy programs. In addition to supervising day-to-day operations, he will work to broaden and enhance existing programs, explore opportunities to launch new partnerships and initiatives and further develop the strategic framework for each of the programmatic functions under his purview.
“I am honored and excited to take this next step with AJWS and am eager to support the work of our outstanding grants, service, advocacy and education teams,” Dorfman said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to strengthen the real partnership that AJWS is building between the American Jewish community and the people of the Global South.”
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