SCARSDALE, NY — The JCC of Mid-Westchester announced today that Beth Grafman is their new Director of Development and Donor Engagement. Ms. Grafman, who has more than two decades of experience in community and non-profit development and programming, joins the JCC of Mid-Westchester senior management team.
“We are excited to have Beth join our team,” Karen Kolodny, Executive Director said. “Her deep experience building and funding community collaboration will inspire support for the important role we play in Westchester. Beth’s civic involvement and deep commitment to the Jewish community will help us continue our tradition of connecting with and serving the JCC’s diverse constituencies.”
Roger Kahn and Helen Samuels, co-presidents of the JCC of Mid-Westchester’s Board of Directors agree. “Beth Grafman is a wonderful addition to the dedicated team of professionals in place here at the JCC. Her experience at the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and ability to manage a portfolio of philanthropic investments in over 80 communities throughout North America has certainly prepared her well to quickly build strategic relationships and support.”
Beth lives in White Plains, NY with her husband Allan and four children where they have been active members of Temple Israel Center synagogue for nearly twenty years. A five-term Sisterhood President, Beth currently serves on the synagogue’s Board of Directors and is former Board secretary for Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake.
Born and raised in Chicago, Beth earned her MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She began her professional career at GE Capital in Sales and Marketing and served for nine years on the faculty of Schechter Westchester in White Plains, NY.
“Westchester is a world-class community. It deserves to have a world-class JCC with broad-based support,” Grafman said. “Having spent more than five years helping to grow the PJ Library program throughout the country, I understand the incredible power of stories. Now I’m looking forward to sharing stories of the JCC’s impact as a true community convener. I’m confident these stories will inspire even greater participation in the JCC’s bright future.”
ABOUT THE JCC OF MID-WESTCHESTER
Built in 1954, the JCC of Mid-Westchester is a hub of activity on the Scarsdale-New Rochelle border. It is home to an accredited nursery school, swimming pool, summer camps and full-service health and fitness center. The JCC is proud to be the only early childhood program in the county which offers on-site occupational- physical- and speech-therapy to its special needs students. Its renowned dance and gymnastics programs regularly receive top ratings from participants who return through adulthood for instruction. The Bendheim Theater and signature “Arts and Talks” programs attract local, national and international authors, films and lecturers to engage adults in lively discussions on topical issues. At its heart, the JCC of Mid-Westchester is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the community by providing cultural, social, educational and recreational/fitness programs, human services and Jewish identity-building opportunities to people of all ages, backgrounds, religions, and sexual orientations.