After a nationwide search, a thorough selection process by the Har HaShem Executive Director Search Committee, and approval by the Board of Trustees; Congregation Har HaShem is pleased to announce the hiring of Alan S. Halpern as its new Executive Director beginning January 1, 2017
Alan has served as the Executive Director and Cantorial Soloist at Temple Israel in Dayton, Ohio; Executive Director of Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, NY; and Vice President, Community Engagement for the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities. He also spent a number of years in the corporate sector as a consultant in business development and strategic planning. He is a graduate of Yale University and holds a Master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Alan and his wife, Julie, first met as children at their synagogue in Tulsa, Ok; their two sons are Josh, 23, and Zack, 20.
“I am delighted by the opportunity to join Rabbi Greene, the lay leadership and other staff to further strengthen Har HaShem, enrich the lives of our members and deepen our engagement with and impact upon our surrounding communities,” says Alan. “I’m eager to learn from you and work with you, and Julie and I look forward to being active and engaged both at Har HaShem and in the greater Boulder community.”
A message from Rabbi Greene:
“On behalf of our entire congregation, I would like to welcome Alan and Julie into our community and express our enthusiasm for Alan joining our leadership team. Learning about Alan and his gifts, we are beautifully positioned to advance our goals of strengthening Jewish life in Boulder, opening our doors to those who seek a dynamic Jewish community, and continuing to build a strong, healthy congregation for our congregants to enjoy.
We are very grateful for the hard work and great efforts of our Search Committee (Barry Baer, Tom Bloomfield, Donna Werner, Andy Franklin, Midge Korczak, Prudence Carter, Dan Cohen, Seth Frankel, Melinda Kassen). They were deliberate, wonderful listeners to our congregants and staff, helping us find the right match.”
We are pleased that Alan and Julie will be joining the Har HaShem family.