Executive Director

E-mail: jberger@thejewishcenter.org

Joel Berger has been in Jewish communal work in South and Central Florida for 30 years.  Joel recently completed his tenure as CEO of the Rosen JCC in Orlando and before joining the JCC, Berger was the Executive Director at Temple Israel of Greater Miami where he served three years and previously, he served six years as Executive Director of Beth David Congregation in Miami, where he led the synagogue’s successful 2012 centennial campaign. Previously, he was Executive Director of University of Miami Hillel in Coral Gables, and earlier served as youth, camp and Executive Director at Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus in Aventura.

Most recently, Berger was doing non-profit consulting work with Pisgah Consulting out of Atlanta, Georgia.  Joel was also a founding member of The Collective, a consortium of over 300 non-profits in the Orlando Area.  Joel has served two years as the President of the Florida Association of Synagogue and Temple Administration, which offers its professional members networking, education and training activities.

Joel is a guest speaker on a wide variety of industry topics. Adept at managing multiple projects, leading cross-functional teams, and driving program success across functions. Strong relationship building, decision-making, communications and problem solving capabilities. Excellent knowledge in areas of security and employee benefits.

Joel was recently elected to the board of NAASE, the North American Association of Synagogue Executives serving a two year term.  He was also recognized for over 18 years of service as an Executive Director in the Conservative Movement.

An alumnus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Berger holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance and a BS in Management/Management Information Decision Systems.

Joel is married to Gloria Gorman Berger, and together they have two children, Stephanie who is 21 years old and is a senior at Florida Southern College going for her BFA in Musical Theater and Lauren, who is 17, and a rising 12th grader at Miami Arts Charter School studying Vocal Jazz.

Joel has enjoyed his first 2 years at The Jewish Center and looks forward to being a part of The Jewish Center for many years to come.