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
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
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.