Annual Report 2012-2013
Letter from the Executive Director
It is with great pride and gratitude that we present this year’s Annual Report. As I complete my second fiscal year as the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia’s Executive Director, I have been reflecting on our accomplishments over the past twelve months. On balance, it has been a great year for the JCCNV and our community, as we have enjoyed both programmatic and financial success, which are detailed in this report. The credit must be shared between our extraordinary professional staff, dedicated lay leadership, organizational and programmatic committees, and our supportive and growing membership.
Our Center has been bursting at the seams, but as problems go, it’s a nice one to have. Our programs have never been more popular, with many operating at full capacity, as we continue to be innovative and responsive to the needs and wishes of our community. Throughout its history, the JCCNV has been a vibrant and inclusive hub of our Jewish community, inspiring Jewish journeys and engaging our members and guests with a wide range of excellent programs and services. This year, we continued to expand that range with the launch of our Cultural Arts Department.
While we have much to be proud of, we did experience some challenges this year, and we will have plenty of new challenges and opportunities ahead of us. Our programs continue to expand well beyond the capacity of our facility as it is currently configured. A year ago, I wrote about our exploration of repurposing portions of our facility, while updating and freshening the rest of the property, including the renovation of the original JCCNV (the other “White House”) to provide additional programmatic and office space. What started as a discussion about facilities has evolved into a broader conversation about the future of the JCCNV and our role in our community. This past month, our Board and staff began a formal strategic planning process to help us address these larger questions.
While the strategic planning process is largely a function of our Board and staff, there will be opportunities throughoutthe planning process to engage with our membership, community leaders, and members of our broader Jewish community. We need to learn from those who are fully engaged, marginally engaged, and yes, those who are unengaged, to help shape the future of our community and the JCCNV’s role in supporting that future. While we would like to expand and update our flagship facility on Little River Turnpike, we also need to expand our outreach to our broadly disbursed Jewish population through strategic partnerships, satellites and mobile initiatives. The demographics of our community have changed and shifted which, due to distance and traffic, has made our programs effectively unavailable to many of those who would benefit most from participation and engagement. We need to be agile enough to respond to the changing needs of the community, while providing continuity and stability in the areas for which people have come to depend on us.
I am confident that we are up to the task. For the past two years, we have benefitted from the dedication and leadership of our President, Allon Shiff. With our new fiscal year, the gavel passes to Connie Pesachowitz, who brings a wealth of experience and demonstrated commitment to the JCCNV and our community. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Allon for all he has done for me personally, for our JCC and our community; and welcome Connie to the head of the table where she will stand on the shoulders of those who have held the Presidency before her. What started as a dream among a few visionary leaders is now a strong institution which has made an impact on thousands of people throughout our community, and in many ways, we’re just getting started.
Thank you for joining me on this exciting journey, and I look forward to continuing to share this adventure b’yachad (together).