The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven has welcomed two new members of staff, it was announced recently by Federation CEO Judy Alperin.
Michael Flora has joined the Federation team as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and Rabbi Joshua Pernick is the organization's new JCRC Director and Rabbi in Residence.
A corporate accountant with more than 27 years experience in the field, he most recently served as CFO for Marrakech, Inc. in Woodbridge. For the past 16 years, he has held a broad range of accounting management positions both in the for-profit and non-profit worlds. He has served as the lead finance professional with human resources, information technology (IT) and administrative responsibilities focusing mainly on budgeting.
Michael holds a Master’s degree from Quinnipiac University in Organizational Leadership with a concentration on human resources and non-profit management.
He and his spouse, Kyu, live in Orange and are owners of Blue Orchid New Haven, a pan-Asian restaurant and bar.
Rabbi Josh Pernick comes to his new posts as director and rabbi in residence of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) with over 10 years experience in Jewish education and communal service.
Before joining the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, he served as the Oscar J. Tolmas Rabbinic Chair at Congregation Beth Israel, Metairie, Louisiana. Previously, he also served as Rabbinic Intern/Rabbinic Entrepreneurship Fellow at Orthodox Kehillah in Durham, North Carolina; and as curriculum consultant for the Global Day of Jewish Learning.
An active community leader, Rabbi Pernick served on the Strategic Planning Subcommittee of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans; as a Board member and JCRC representative of YAD of Jewish Federation in Charleston, South Carolina; and on the Planning Committee of the Brandeis University Interfaith Leadership Fellowship in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Rabbi Pernick received his ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, in New York, his BA from Brandeis University and his MAT in Elementary Education from the DeLet Program at Brandeis. Previously, he held a fellowship in Jewish Education from Jerusalem's Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies.