Rashba Appointed CEO of Jewish Family Service

Amy G. Rashba, LCSW, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven (JFSGNH). “We are thrilled that Amy has accepted this leadership role,” said Linda Caplan, JFSGNH Board President. “Her energy and devotion to JFS is inspiring.”

Rashba’s career at the agency began in 1986 when she came to JFS as a Master of Social Work (MSW) student. Shortly after joining JFS, Rashba developed the Shalom Group, offering educational enrichment and social interaction to developmentally disabled Jewish adults. During her 30-plus years with the agency, she has created new programs, helped families adopt children and provided counseling services throughout the community to children, families and aging adults and takes great pride in directing both the adoption and mental health programs. “Having spent my entire professional career here, it’s a privilege to lead JFS, an agency I am passionate about,” said Rashba. “I’m grateful to the staff and board for their support and look forward to many years of collaborating on the future of our beloved JFS. I am humbled to have made a difference in the lives of those in our Jewish community.”

“Amy’s ability to develop and cultivate relationships with staff, board and community makes her a natural to lead JFS,” Caplan said. “She has a unique combination of approachability and positivity and is well-respected by clients, peers and community members.”

Rashba’s local Jewish roots run deep.A Hamden native, she attended the New Haven Hebrew Day School, and her father owned the renowned Glick’s Delicatessen in New Haven. She and her husband Steve were married at Congregation B’nai Jacob and their children attended local preschools- daughter Ilana at Beverly Levy Early Learning Center, and son Jordan at Temple Beth Sholom. The family has been members of Temple Beth David of Cheshire for more than 20 years.

A summa cum laude graduate of Quinnipiac College, Rashba earned her MSW at Southern Connecticut State University. Upon being named CEO, she said, “It is my honor to be leading the amazing staff at JFS who all work hard every day to provide quality services to our community- protecting children, creating families, feeding the hungry and healing hearts.”

Rashba looks forward to bringing more awareness of JFSGNH’s many services to the Greater New Haven region.

To contact her: arashba@jfsnh.org.

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