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The Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo announced today that it unanimously elected Robert M. Goldberg to serve as its next chief executive officer & executive director, following an extensive four-month national search. Goldberg will take office in August and succeed Lewis Stolzenberg, the current interim executive director.
“Rob is an exceptional leader whose wisdom, collaborative style, and demonstrated commitment to our mission and community make him the ideal choice to lead the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo,” said Howard Rosenhoch, the Federation president. “The powerful combination of his professional talents and his deep knowledge of our Western New York community ensure that our Jewish community will continue to grow, improve, and build upon our core purpose: to develop, acquire and allocate funds and resources for implementing and coordinating community building, nurturing a vibrant and caring Jewish community, and taking care of community needs in Greater Buffalo, Israel and around the world.”
Goldberg currently serves as the vice president for leadership and governance and as interim chief campus officer at Hillel International in Washington, D.C. Goldberg has held senior leadership positions at Hillel International over the last 15 years and is a trusted advisor to Eric D. Fingerhut, Hillel International’s president and CEO. Goldberg is the executive staff liaison with Hillel International’s extensive network of volunteer leadership and donors, including its Board of Directors and Board of Governors. He has helped cultivate several significant leadership gifts and endowed programs, and, as interim chief campus officer, Goldberg has led the delivery of Hillel International programs that directly serve campus Hillels, including Israel Education and Engagement, the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Experience, Student Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship.
“Rob has been an invaluable asset to Hillel International, instrumental in shaping our vision for the future and understanding how to build excellent Hillels on college campuses across the country and around the world,” Fingerhut said. “His understanding of non-profit management and creative vision will make him an excellent leader for Buffalo’s Jewish community. And he is a true mensch.”
Prior to joining Hillel International, Goldberg was the executive director of St. Louis Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis, MO (1995-2000), as well as the executive director of Temple Beth El, a Reform congregation for more than 1,200 families in Providence, RI (1984-1995). Goldberg earned a bachelor of arts from Brown University and a master’s in business administration from Bryant College.
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