The JCC of Greater New Haven accepted the resignation of its Director, Shelley Gans. Ms. Gans has worked at the JCC in various capacities for the past 18 years, including as Director of Member Services, Director of Programs and Cultural Arts, and is currently the Director of the JCC.
The JCC has registered remarkable achievements under the leadership of Shelley Gans including 40% increase in membership base, establishing the Bagel Run 5K race as a major community event and an important fundraiser, and planting the seed for rich cultural programs that will roll out to the Greater New Haven community in the 2016-2017 season. Ms. Gans will continue leading the JCC through August.
"After eighteen years of calling the JCC my second home, the time has come for me to move on. I’ve grown a family and a career here. I’m not sure what the final act will be, but I feel restless to spread my wings." "Judy and I share a vision for where the JCC is headed and I am excited about the future possibilities. What makes this all so hard is saying goodbye to beloved colleagues, loyal members, dedicated lay leaders, inspiring community leaders, generous volunteers, and like-minded community partners," Gans stated.
"Our community has been blessed to have the creativity and leadership of Shelley Gans for the past 18 years," said Judy Diamondstein, CEO of Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven. "While it will be sad to part ways with Shelley, we must support her choice to pursue the next great challenge in her life and we wish her happiness and success in her future endeavors. Shelley’s imprint will endure and we know that we will continue to see her participate in our community," said Ms. Diamondstein.
"I used to kiss the mezuzah as I entered the main door of the JCC…a reminder that this is boots-on-the-ground "holy work." May this place and this work continue to be a blessing. I am blessed for having been a part of it," said Shelley Gans, Director of the JCC of Greater New Haven.