In light of the Orthodox Union’s ongoing commitment to retain dynamic women, this year several female staff members move into senior leadership positions across the organization. Hannah Farkas, who has served as the assistant director of community engagement for the last five years, will now serve as the director of OU board engagement and new leadership. “I’m very excited for the new opportunity and I look forward to the new challenge,” says Farkas.
Rina Emerson, who served as the interim regional director of West Coast NCSY, is now the formal director of the region. The promotion was especially meaningful for Emerson who joined NCSY as a teenager in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. “The staff of West Coast NCSY is really amazing,” Emerson exclaims. “And West Coast NCSY is growing.”
Rebecca Schrag, who served as the coordinator of high school programming for Yachad/NJCD and the director of Yachad’s popular summer program, Yad B’Yad, was promoted to Yachad’s director of informal education.
Dana Sicherman, the director of development for Atlantic Seaboard NCSY, is now director of development for OU Advocacy, the OU’s political lobbying arm.
Shira Boshnack and Sharona Kaplan, who were JLIC educators for Brooklyn College and UCLA, respectively, are now executive leadership cohorts for JLIC.
Avital Moss, who served as NCSY coordinator for Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies, is now the volunteer projects coordinator for NCSY.
Devora Weinstock, who was the director of programs for New England NCSY, is now in addition the regional coordinator of Upstate New York NCSY.
Miriam Lejtman, who worked as an auditor for OU Kosher, was promoted to junior financial analyst.
We congratulate the women for their various promotions and wish them well as they advance in their careers.