Ve’ahavta Announces Transition of Leadership

After 20 years of dedicated service, Avrum Rosensweig, Founder and CEO of Ve’ahavta, will be taking on a new role within the Jewish humanitarian organization.  He will be serving as Ambassador for Ve’ahavta and continue to support the organization’s Major Gift development activities.  

“My passion has always been educating and engaging the Jewish community, and communities beyond, in tikun olam (repair of the world). My new role will allow me to focus on expanding our reach through speaking engagements and collaboration with community leaders to share our values of tzedakah (pursuing justice) for all people,” Rosensweig says.  

Gary Samuel, Ve’ahavta’s Board chair, extends his gratitude to Avrum for the leadership he has provided since founding Ve’ahavta in 1996. “Avrum’s idea of starting an organization that would give people the hands-on opportunity to address social inequities, both locally and abroad, inspired a never-ending loyalty from members of the community and established a strong foundation for Ve’ahavta to take into the future. We are pleased to have him step into the role of Ambassador to inspire even more people to affect positive change in the lives of people of all faiths and backgrounds who experience marginalization.”  

Over the past 20 years, Avrum worked with staff and volunteers to develop many programs that support people who experience poverty and homelessness including Ve’ahavta’s Mobile Jewish Response to Homelessness outreach program. This program provides essential supplies, friendly support and professional outreach services to people who live on the street or are precariously housed.   

Veteran non-profit community leader, Karen Goldenberg, who has been serving as Interim CEO, will continue in this role until the fall. An executive national search will be held to recruit a new Executive Director for Ve’ahavta.

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