Springfield, MA (December 1, 2020) — The Springfield Jewish Community Center has announced Samantha Dubrinksy will be the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective February 1, 2021. She will succeed Michael Paysnick, who has served as CEO since 2008 and will retire at the end of this year, as previously announced.
Dubrinsky is currently the CEO at the Levite JCC in Birmingham, Alabama, where she has served on the leadership team since 2018. Prior to that, Dubrinsky spent seven years in a variety of programmatic and leadership positions at the Birmingham Jewish Federation.
“We are delighted to welcome Samantha as our next CEO,” said Jonathan Goldsmith, President of the Springfield JCC Board of Directors. “We are confident she is going to be a wonderful, charismatic, visionary leader that will build upon the great work and accomplishments achieved by our retiring CEO Michael Paysnick.”
The Springfield JCC houses an early childhood learning center, health and wellness center, summer day camp, and scores of programs and classes for adults, children, families, and those with special needs.
“I am looking forward to meeting members of the J and hearing about their unique experiences. Creating and building community are what I love most about working in the JCC field,” said
Dubrinsky. “My hope for the Springfield JCC, as well as the broader Jewish community, is that despite the unprecedented challenges we’ve all faced this year, we’ll be stronger, more nimble and even more ready to move into a new era, post-COVID. The future is definitely bright and I’m so excited to lead the Springfield JCC forward.”
Dubrinsky’s selection followed a nationwide search by a 10-member search committee, chaired by J Board Vice President Richard Goldstein, in conjunction with the JCC Association of North America. “It was a pleasure working with the search committee these past few months, and a true team effort to find the right leader for our J,” said Goldstein. “Michael Paysnick and his team have been immensely supportive through this process, and I look forward to a smooth and productive transition.”
Dubrinsky received her bachelor’s degree in History from Birmingham-Southern College, and holds MBA and MPA degrees from Troy University in Alabama. She and her husband have a 20-month-old son.
The Springfield Jewish Community Center (Springfield JCC; the J) enriches community and nurtures wellness through physical, intellectual, social and spiritual programs and services. The J is guided by Jewish values, welcoming and respecting people of all abilities, ages, backgrounds, identities and faiths.
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