Rabbi Joy Levitt, Executive Director
Prior to coming to the JCC, Rabbi Levitt served as a congregational rabbi on Long Island and in New Jersey for twenty years. She earned a Bachelor's degree from Barnard College, followed by a Master’s degree from New York University, and a rabbinical degree from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Rabbi Levitt founded the Jewish Journey Project, an initiative designed to revolutionize Jewish education for children. As a lay leader, she serves on the boards of Avodah: The Jewish Corps for Service and The Shefa School, a new Jewish community day school for children with language-based learning disabilities. Joy is married to Michael Strassfeld, also a rabbi, with whom she co-authored A Night of Questions: a Passover Haggadah. Together, they have five children.
Todd Elkins, Chief Health and Wellness Officer
Responsible for the vision and fulfillment of all of the health, wellness, aquatic and athletic programs offered each season at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, Todd manages the senior programmers of the Fitness, Athletics, Aquatics, Membership and Registration departments. In total over 10,000 members of all ages of our community take part in those program. Todd enjoys collaborating with with members of the community, JCC's Board of Directors and leaders in the field of health and wellness. Some of his major accomplishments in his 15 year career at the JCC include facilitating the Saturday Morning Partners program, creating the ACES program, welcoming to the JCC the Veteran Anglers group and Achilles Tri-Athletes team. Todd truly believes that JCC is a place of absolute inclusivity and welcomes all that want to make health and wellness a lifelong journey.
Hillel Hyman, Chief Financial Officer
For the past sixteen years, Hillel Hyman has served as the Chief Financial Officer of the JCC. Upon his arrival, Mr. Hyman spearheaded the successful effort of securing the financing necessary to construct the JCC's current home. In addition to his role as CFO, Mr. Hyman currently oversees Technology and Building Operations and has served in the past as Interim Associated Executive Director of Development, where he spearheaded the fundraising activities and forged extensive relationships with both the community and the JCC Board of Directors. According to Mr. Hyman, it is the special relationship and strategic cooperation that exists between the JCC staff and the board that makes the JCC such a special place to work. Prior to his coming to the JCC, Mr. Hyman worked for the firm of Deloitte and Touche, and during that time received his licensing as a Certified Public Accountant. In addition to his work at the JCC, Mr. Hyman has served in multiple executive board member capacities in his local synagogue and has coached high school varsity basketball for his daughter's team. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Yeshiva University, and currently resides in Teaneck, New Jersey. Mr. Hyman is married and has four daughters.
Mindy Schachtman, Chief Development Officer
Mindy Schachtman has dedicated her career to raising critical funds for a wide scope of programs in the higher education and Jewish communal worlds. Originally from Minneapolis, Mindy began her career as a consultant for Community Counselling Service LLC, where her clients included the United States Holocaust Museum and City University of New York, among others. She has served as a Major Gift Officer for The Brooklyn College Foundation and Director of Institutional Advancement for both Yeshiva University's High Schools and Mechon Hadar. In her role as Chief Development Officer, Mindy is responsible for setting the vision and direction of the organization's fundraising efforts--including the annual campaign, special events, grants, program funding, legacy gifts, and donor development. She brings years of strong organizational, development, and fundraising skills to her role. Mindy has served as a mentor in Yeshiva University's Certificate in Jewish Philanthropy program and as a coach for Amplifier’s Giving Circle Incubator. She holds a BA from Columbia University and a BA and MA from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Mindy enjoys living on the Upper West Side and is a regular volunteer at NewYork-Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell Hospital.
Dava Schub, Chief Program Officer
Dava Schub is responsible for setting the vision of many programs offered each season at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. She manages the Senior Directors that operate the centers for Jewish Living, Israel, Arts + Ideas, Social Action, Family Life, and Community programming. She also works closely with members of the JCC's Board of Directors, initiating new projects that reflect the vision of our stakeholders and nurturing a dynamic partnership between lay leadership and professional staff. She serves as a staff liaison for various UJA-Federation and other community committees. Ms. Schub has been working in the JCC field since 1994, and joined the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan in 2007. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and completed her Master’s in Social Work at Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School in 1999. In addition to her professional capacities, Dava also serves as the co-chair of the BJ/SPSA homeless shelter and has volunteered at One Heartland, a camp for children and families living with HIV/AIDS for more than a decade.
Eric Winick, Chief Marketing Officer
Eric hails from Marblehead, Massachusetts, birthplace of the American Navy and home to the JCC of the North Shore, where he spent his formative years. He has worked in non-profit marketing since 1994, including over fourteen years as as Director of Marketing at the Off-Broadway theater Playwrights Horizons, where he developed campaigns for the Pulitzer Prize-winning plays I Am My Own Wife, Clybourne Park, and The Flick, among many others. At the JCC, Eric leads a team of fourteen, supporting the perception of the organization as one of the country's primary purveyors and incubators of 21st century Jewish ideas and programs, and ensuring that the JCC's core values are conveyed in all aspects of JCC messaging, both on- and off-site. A graduate of Middlebury College, Eric lives in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, with his wife and son.