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The PJCC Executive Management Team

Executive Management Team

We are proud to introduce you to our dedicated team.

Deborah Pinsky

PJCC Executive Director

Deborah joined the PJCC community as Executive Director in 2008. During her tenure, the Center has experienced unprecedented membership and program growth. She previously served in leadership roles for 35 years at large, metropolitan Jewish organizations and non-profits, including: Executive Director for Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, NY, NY; Executive Director of Bathurst Jewish Community Center, Toronto, Ontario; Executive Director of Valley Cities Jewish Community Center and Assistant Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Los Angeles; and Executive Director of CLSC Community Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

Deborah holds a Masters of Social Work degree from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, with post-graduate study at: the JCC Mandel Executive Education Development Program; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; and the Wexner Executive Education Seminar through Hebrew Union College and University of Judaism, Los Angeles, CA. Deborah most recently participated in Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management Program.

Jane Post

  • Associate Executive Director

 

 

 

 

Rabbi Lavey Derby

Director of Jewish Life

Rabbi Lavey Derby joined the PJCC as Director of Jewish Life early in 2011, and brings with him a distinguished background as a Wexner Heritage Foundation faculty member, Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and Founder and lead teacher of “The Idra: A Community for Jewish Spiritual Learning and Practice”. As the long-time rabbi of Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon, California, he helped build a community based on the principles of Torah study, spiritual quest and practice, and social justice.

Previously Rabbi Derby served as the Director of Jewish Education of the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan and as a faculty member and personal advisor to Rabbi Yitz Greenberg at CLAL -- the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, and as the Director of the Council for Jewish Life of the Federation of Greater Los Angeles. He has taught for the Institute of Jewish Spirituality and for the Industrial Areas Foundation, and has lectured extensively across the country on subjects ranging from rabbinic and Jewish thought to Hasidism and contemporary Jewish spirituality. He is certified as a Jewish mindfulness meditation teacher from the Institute of Jewish Spirituality.

Rabbi Derby is the eighth generation descendent of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev and comes from a family line of rabbis that traces back to the 16th century.

Laura Toller Gardner

PJCC Chief Marketing & Membership Officer

With more than 20 years of strategic marketing experience, Laura is responsible for leading and managing our Center’s process of innovation – identifying and developing creative new strategies, opportunities and ideas to further the mission of the PJCC (Foster City, CA). She also leads all marketing and communications initiatives, and membership acquisition and retention for our JCC community.

Prior to joining the PJCC, Laura served youth and family causes in leadership capacities, including achieving unprecedented revenue and fundraising growth at both the YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula (Palo Alto, CA) and The Harker School (San Jose, CA). And she led national communications for animal-advocacy organization In Defense of Animals (Mill Valley, CA).

Laura is an animal lover and companion-animal rescuer…hence the reason she and her husband James have an ever-growing animal family. Laura also contributes pro bono services to her husband’s non-profit organization Good Karma Bikes, serving the homeless, very-low wage workers, and people in recovery.

Fred Weiner

Chief Financial Officer

  • Fred Weiner has been the PJCC’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) since February 2007. Currently, he is also the CFO for the North Peninsula Jewish Campus and Wornick Jewish Day School, which are PJCC’s partners on the 12-acre Campus. He leads and manages the finance, facilities, information technology, and human resources departments, and legal and risk management areas as well as plays an integral and instrumental role in strategic and long-term planning and implementation for all of these organizations. Fred has over 35 years of diverse management experience in public and non-profit organizations including financial management and analysis. He served in various department head and financial management positions with the City and County of San Francisco for 20 years. He also held consulting, analytical, and management positions involving Federal, and California State, regional and local agencies during his career. He has a Master’s Degree from Stanford University and Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He is married with three daughters, and two grandsons.

Stephanie Levin

  • Director of Programs

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