Rabbi Doctor Scott Aaron will become Executive Director of the Community Foundation for Jewish Education beginning in September, the Jewish United Fund has announced.
"Aaron will work with the entire Jewish community to provide the vision, strategy development and leadership necessary to achieve the community’s broad Jewish education agenda from early childhood to adults," said David Rubovits, JUF senior vice president, Planning & Allocations.
Under Aaron’s direction, CFJE will collaborate with congregations, schools, community organizations, rabbis, educators and administrators to advance JUF’s communal goals in the field of Jewish education.
Aaron is an educator and scholar with broad expertise and experience in Jewish identity development, experiential education, professional development for Jewish educators and communal professionals, educational evaluation, and other areas. He holds adjunct faculty appointments at the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Davidson School of Education, the Rhea Hirsch School of Education of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and the Spertus Institute for Jewish Life and Learning.
Rabbi Aaron received his Ph.D. in the philosophy of education from Loyola University Chicago, rabbinic ordination and a Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Juris Doctor from the University Of Toledo College Of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati. He is a published author of books and academic journal articles and has been a consultant to foundations and agencies in the Jewish community across the United States and in Israel.
As CFJE welcomes Aaron, it also thanks Associate Director Sid Singer for eight years of service and leadership. Singer is assuming the post of Chief Operating Officer at Jewish Council for Youth Services, which offers educational, recreational and leadership experiences to members of the Jewish community.
Singer helped restructure CFJE into the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, led the agency’s strategic planning effort while serving as acting director, and helped grow the Ta’am Yisrael (Taste of Israel) program.