The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey is pleased to announce the Jewish community in Monmouth and Greater Middlesex counties will begin the new year with exceptional, new leadership. Effective January 1, 2019, Susan Antman will take the helm of the Federation as Executive Director. Antman (pictured second from left, with fellow Federation leaders during a recent community journey to Israel) is an 18-year veteran, having served in multiple leadership roles in the Middlesex Federation before becoming Executive Vice President when the 2015 merger with Monmouth’s Federation formed the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey.
“Our Jewish community is fortunate that a professional of Susan’s caliber will lead us in next-level initiatives focusing on communal priorities – from caring for the vulnerable and connecting young people to their Jewish identity to investing in security and cultivating shared commitment to Jewish life for today and the future,” said Jeffrey Schwartz, Federation president. “Susan’s stellar relationships at every level of the community and her reputation for integrity precede her. They are matched only by her track record of success in crafting solutions for individuals and organizations in need, as well as enabling those who are passionate about supporting Jewish causes to do so in ways that serve them and serve the community.”
Antman succeeds Keith Krivitzky, who steps away from the role to pursue new opportunities.
“The board and staff of the Federation extends our thanks to Keith; we wish him the best in all his endeavors,” Schwartz added. “Our community has grown and benefited in important ways as a result of his vision and passion for Jewish life.”
“It seems somehow fitting to begin this new chapter during my 18-year – Chai – anniversary with Federation,” Antman commented. “In my experience working with Jewish agency partners, donors, and community members, the common thread is Chai… life. We all want Jewish life to be sweet, supportive, and sustainable. That will continue to drive me in guiding this Federation and this community.”
Previously, Antman has held such positions as Executive Director, Director of Planning & Allocations, and Director of Financial Resource Development with the Middlesex Federation, as well as Associate Budget Director of the City of New York.
“The community is fortunate that the Federation’s board and professional team include some of the finest, most dedicated, and talented individuals I have encountered in my career or personal life. Like the diverse Jewish community we serve, we come from all walks of life. What we share is a desire to make a difference and the knowledge that Federation work is the best way to do the most good in the Jewish world."