Mark Rubin has been named 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.
Ned Goldberg, who became JCRS Executive Director in 1988, announced his retirement to the Governing Board earlier this year. He will assume the role of Executive Director Emeritus.
Goldberg had succeeded Sanford and Viola Weiss, who led the agency for over four decades, creating programs for camp scholarships and college aid. They also created an out-of-home care program which was expanded and has become the present JCRS Special Needs Program for challenged Jewish youth.
“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.”
Rubin joined JCRS in September 2012 as the agency’s first-ever development director. Rubin has made a tremendous impact on the agency in growing its reach in terms of fundraising and outreach to the Jewish community, both locally and across the agency’s seven-state region. The JCRS annual Jewish Roots Gala has become the signature Jewish gathering event in Greater New Orleans and has garnered more than $1.4 million since starting the series in 2011. Most recently, Rubin was responsible for expanding the agency’s disaster relief efforts to include financial assistance for families with minor children who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rubin is a non-profit professional with more than 20 years of mission-driven development and program experience. He has worked for national and local organizations such as the American Cancer Society, the Arthritis Foundation and Tulane University. Mark has a master’s 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, Rebecca, 18, and Jayden, 13. They 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.”
Since 1855, JCRS has provided 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. In 2020, JCRS reached more than 1,800 youth across seven Mid-South states.