As a Jewish people, leadership has been at the core of who we are, where we came from and the heart of our traditions. It is only when one person or a group of people step up and lead that we achieve great things together. Here at TBO we have been blessed to have great leadership for a number of years. Some can say they were the right person at the right time and others put themselves in a position to be the right person all the time.
On Friday October 9, 2015, we honored Jay Gellman. a member of our congregation who has served off and on the Board of TBO for over 18 years. During this time he has held many board and executive committee positions. In addition he was the committee chair for most of TBO’s committees including Youth, Religious school, Board development and fundraising.
Some years ago, Jay turned his attention away from being the VP of Little League to become a TBO board member when he realized the tremendous impact TBO youth group and Camp Coleman had on the lives of his three sons and for that decision we will always be grateful.
Jay’s passion for Reform Judaism propelled him to Chair the Camp Coleman Committee, to become the Vice-Chair of Broward Area Reform Temples (BART) and the Vice Chair of the SE District.
Recently Jay expanded his horizons and became a member of the North American Board of WUPJ (World Union for Progressive Judaism); a natural fit for Jay since he is fluent in Spanish and travels to Latin America on a regular basis.
Jay brought his talents to the North American URJ Board and quickly became a respected volunteer. He was the chair of the Joint Commission on Synagogue Management, and his most cherished position – Chair of the Work Area titled – Supporting our Congregations.
As the Chair of this work area he coordinates all North American Board Workshops. He developed the lay structure and trained facilitators for this important work. He is passionate about training future lay leaders and using the knowledge they learn to effectively help strengthen our Congregations.
Fast forward to today. As a result of his hard work and dedication, Jay has been nominated to the position of Vice Chair of the URJ Oversight Committee; a position held by four key leaders of our movement. It is an enormous honor and responsibility to be aligned so closely to the Chairman of the Board for the URJ of North America.
Mazel Tov to Jay Gellman and his family. We are so proud of your commitment and achievements. To congratulate Jay, please feel free to leave comments below.