It is kind of poetic that Rabbi Batya Glazer, director of DC and Maryland government relations and interfaith relations for the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington, will be the new head of the JCRC of Greater Philadelphia. It is, after all, the City of Brotherly Love.
“I am excited to be going home again to the land of hoagies, Italian water ice and jimmies on my ice cream,” she wrote in an announcement on Facebook June 12. “I am excited for challenges ahead and the opportunity to work for Philly’s Jewish community.” Glazer didn’t give an exact start date, but said the transition would be “later this summer.”
“While we are sorry to see Batya leave, we are thrilled that she has been offered this wonderful opportunity,” the JCRC of Greater Washington said in its own Facebook post the following day. “During her almost ten-year tenure at JCRC, Batya has dramatically enhanced our relationships with key leaders of faith, ethnic and minority communities.”
No one is currently tapped to fill Rabbi Glazer’s position, according to Executive Director Ron Halber. “We at the JCRC have a reputation for swift hiring and hiring very good and capable people, but we like to take the opportunity to decide and review our positions,” he said. “We like to take a fresh look at the job portfolio and get input from community leaders and other stakeholders to put together a job description that we think will reflect our strategic goals.”
In addition to her role at the JCRC, Rabbi Glazer served as both president and chair of the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington; co-chair of the Montgomery County Executive’s Faith Community Working Group; and is a member of the mayor’s Interfaith Council in Washington, D.C.; the Advisory Committee of Tzedek DC; the Executive Committee of the Washington Board of Rabbis; and the board of Yachad DC.
“The Jewish communities of Greater Philadelphia are vibrant and diverse, and I know Rabbi Glazer will do a tremendous job of bringing people together and advocating for our common causes, just as she has in her position in Washington, D.C.,” said Naomi Adler, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. “We’re looking forward to having her back in her hometown.”
Emily Minton contributed to this article.
By Rachel Kohn
Rachel Kohn is editor in chief of Kol HaBirah.