The Arty Semite

Henry Timms Named New 92Y Chief

By Anna Goldenberg

  • Print
  • Share Share

The 92nd Street Y announced today two new appointments: Henry Timms will be the new Executive Director, and Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein the Director of Jewish Community.

Central Synagogue
Incoming Director of Jewish Community at 92Y, Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein.

Timms has served as the interim Executive Director since July 2013, when Executive Director Sol Adler was fired over an affair with his assistant Cathy Marto, who was involved in a kickback scandal.

The board vote for Timms, who is not Jewish, was unanimous, according to a press release. Stuart J. Ellman, the President of the Board of Directors, is quoted saying that the search for the new director was “far-reaching and comprehensive, and we were fortunate to have had such a strong internal candidate in Henry.”

Timms is the co-founder of the Social Good Summit during UN-week in cooperation with Mashable, the Gates Foundation and the UN Foundation, and the co-creator of #GivingTuesday, a national day to encourage charity contributions in the holiday season, held on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving.

The second new appointment is Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein, who will step down as the senior rabbi of Manhattan’s Central Synagogue in June after 23 years. Rubinstein will take on his position as Director of Jewish Community and the Bronfman Center of Jewish Life in September.

Stuart J. Ellman, President of the 92Y Board of Directors, wrote in the release: “Peter has been at the vanguard of making certain that Jewish tradition remains relevant and vibrant for our modern world and for generations to come. His lifelong commitment to teaching and learning, his steadfast leadership in the Jewish community, his work on defining the Rabbi’s role for the 21st century and his dedication to interfaith dialogue speak eloquently to 92Y’s Jewish identity.”

Rubinstein is a was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and has also served as Rabbi of Woodlands Community Temple in White Plains, N.Y. and at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo California. In 2012 he was ranked third in Newsweek’s America’s 50 Most Influential Rabbis,” and this year was named one of the Forward’s “Most Inspiring Rabbis.”


Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: Peter J. Rubinstein, Henry Timms, 92Y

The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.




Find us on Facebook!
  • This is what the rockets over Israel and Gaza look like from space:
  • "Israel should not let captives languish or corpses rot. It should do everything in its power to recover people and bodies. Jewish law places a premium on pidyon shvuyim, “the redemption of captives,” and proper burial. But not when the price will lead to more death and more kidnappings." Do you agree?
  • Slate.com's Allison Benedikt wrote that Taglit-Birthright Israel is partly to blame for the death of American IDF volunteer Max Steinberg. This is why she's wrong:
  • Israeli soldiers want you to buy them socks. And snacks. And backpacks. And underwear. And pizza. So claim dozens of fundraising campaigns launched by American Jewish and Israeli charities since the start of the current wave of crisis and conflict in Israel and Gaza.
  • The sign reads: “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Zionists are not under any circumstances.”
  • Is Twitter Israel's new worst enemy?
  • More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the current ground operation in #Gaza.
  • "My wife and I are both half-Jewish. Both of us very much felt and feel American first and Jewish second. We are currently debating whether we should send our daughter to a Jewish pre-K and kindergarten program or to a public one. Pros? Give her a Jewish community and identity that she could build on throughout her life. Cons? Costs a lot of money; She will enter school with the idea that being Jewish makes her different somehow instead of something that you do after or in addition to regular school. Maybe a Shabbat sing-along would be enough?"
  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
  • "'What’s this, mommy?' she asked, while pulling at the purple sleeve to unwrap this mysterious little gift mom keeps hidden in the inside pocket of her bag. Oh boy, how do I answer?"
  • "I fear that we are witnessing the end of politics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I see no possibility for resolution right now. I look into the future and see only a void." What do you think?
  • Not a gazillionaire? Take the "poor door."
  • "We will do what we must to protect our people. We have that right. We are not less deserving of life and quiet than anyone else. No more apologies."
  • "Woody Allen should have quit while he was ahead." Ezra Glinter's review of "Magic in the Moonlight": http://jd.fo/f4Q1Q
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.