Mark Rubin named as new JCRS executive director
Mark Rubin has been named the new executive director of Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS), becoming only the fourth leader of the Jewish social service agency since 1946.
A New Orleans native, Rubin was unanimously approved by a board vote on July 15. His appointment is effective August 1, 2021. He has served as development director at JCRS for the previous nine years.
Rubin succeeds Ned Goldberg, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Goldberg had held that post since 1988 and had himself succeeded husband and wife team Sanford and Viola Weiss, who led JCRS for more than 40 years prior. Goldberg will step into a newly-created executive director emeritus position.
“We look forward to working with Mark in his new position as executive director and have no doubts that he will transition into this role with great ease,” said Michael Goldman, JCRS President. “Under Mark’s leadership, JCRS will not only continue to flourish but will expand its influence in order to help more Jewish children than ever before.”
Under Rubin’s work as the agency’s very first development director, the JCRS hosted several annual Jewish Roots galas, which have become the largest annual Jewish gathering event in Greater New Orleans. More importantly, the events have raised more than $1.4 million over the past decade. Rubin also expanded JCRS’s disaster relief efforts, especially targeting families affected by natural disasters and recently those enduring the COVID-19 pandemic.
A non-profit professional with more than 20 years of development experience, Rubin had previously worked for national and local organizations such as the American Cancer Society, the Arthritis Foundation and Tulane University. Mark has a Masters Degree in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans and a liberal arts degree from New York University, where he graduated with distinction.
Rubin and his wife Andrea, who is also a New Orleans native, have two children and are active members of Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation.
“I am excited to begin this new chapter for the future of JCRS. It is an honor for me to build on the tremendous work that Ned has done with the agency,” Rubin said. “There are always Jewish kids in need – in good times and in challenging ones like the pandemic. Every day, JCRS makes a tremendous impact on the lives of Jewish youth through our programs and outreach. I look forward to working with our truly dedicated Governing Board, volunteers, and staff to meet that need where we can help the most.”
With its origins dating back to the Jewish Orphans Home in 1855, JCRS has established itself as the oldest Jewish charity in the United States, providing needs-based scholarships, support and service to Jewish youth and families in the form of college aid, Jewish summer camp grants, and assistance to children with special needs. It is estimated that in 2020, JCRS reached more than 1,800 youth across seven Mid-South states.