WASHINGTON, January 13, 2000 — The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Suzy Hirsch as Director of Development.
Ms. Hirsch brings a wealth of fundraising experience in the Jewish community with her, having spent the past seven years as the Senior Endowment Associate with the United Jewish Endowment Fund of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. There, she helped to create and sustain planned giving programs and oversaw a $3 million-plus grants program. Prior to her work at The Federation, Ms. Hirsch held various positions in the areas of sales and marketing, most recently as President of S. Hirsch & Company. A past president of Temple Beth Ami in Rockville, MD, Ms. Hirsch helped to found the temple's Social Action Committee and remains very involved in many aspects of temple life. Her Jewish communal involvement includes serving on the Nominating Committee of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington and as a lay leader in The Federation's Planning and Allocations Department and Women's Division.
Ms. Hirsch joined the Religious Action Center staff in late December, just before the Union of American Hebrew Congregations 65th Biennial convention in Orlando, Florida.
Gail Himelfarb, who has served as the RAC's Development Director since 1997 will remain on the RAC staff in a part-time capacity as the Special Projects Director.
Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center, welcomed Ms. Hirsch, noting that "Suzy is a powerful addition to our staff, bringing with her new ideas and the necessary skills to help us strengthen, broaden and deepen our fundraising efforts. The Washington Federation is one of the strongest in the nation and Suzy's experience and manifest leadership skills will be invaluable in helping us obtain the resources we need to fulfill our work of tikkun olam and our educational goals for the 3000 teenagers and adults who attend our programs annually."
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, representing its 895 congregations across North America, whose membership includes 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the 1700 rabbis of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.