Welcome Andy Bachman, JCP’s new Executive Director

On behalf of the JCP Board of Directors and the Executive Director Search Committee, we are excited to announce the selection of Andy Bachman as our new Executive Director.

Andy Bachman is a New York City-based community leader and educator, and a nationally-recognized executive, teacher, writer, rabbi and social entrepreneur. He is a deeply dedicated Jewish leader with significant experience in expanding and strengthening all aspects of pluralistic Jewish public, private and not-for-profit organizations. His experiences include executive leadership and development, as well as teaching and social justice action and advocacy on local, national and international issues.

Andy comes to JCP from JCC Brooklyn, a project of the Kings Bay Y, where he helped to launch three storefront community centers in Windsor Terrace, North Williamsburg and Clinton Hill. Prior to that role, he was the Director of Jewish Content at the 92nd Street Y. He served for 9 years as the Senior Rabbi at Congregation Beth Elohim (CBE) in Brooklyn. He was ordained a rabbi in 1996 by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. In 1998 he became Executive Director of the Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life: Hillel at New York University. In 2003, Bachman and his wife, Rachel Altstein, along with several friends, founded Brooklyn Jews, an innovative outreach program for the many unaffiliated Jews who have made Brooklyn their home in the past decade. Bachman was on the Newsweek and Forward 50 rabbis’ list.

Please come greet Andy at Friday Evening Services on June 1st at 6 PM and Tot Shabbat on Saturday, June 2 at 10 AM. You can RSVP here.

Thank you to Kerry Golden and our dedicated search committee and search consultant who conducted a rigorous national search. Thank you to the JCP Board of Directors, our Advisory Council and the JCP Directors for their time spent meeting candidates and supporting the process so demonstrably.

We also want to convey our affection and deep thanks to Margo Amgott, our Interim Executive Director. Margo has been a thoughtful and committed presence during the transition period, and we are incredibly grateful for her leadership. Staff, board, parents and community members have all benefited from her work.

Andy will start next Monday. He can be reached at abachman@jcpdowntown.org and 212-334-3522

We continue to be inspired by our volunteers, board members and families’ commitment to building Jewish life together downtown. We see Andy quickly becoming a trusted advocate and partner in continuing to build an organization that expands opportunities for meaningful Jewish connection for all of us. We look forward to welcoming Andy to our community and to the next chapter of our growing, learning, and celebrating together.

Erin Silvers is a Co-President of JCP



Evan Roth is a Co-President of JCP