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Introducing Our New Executive Director

The CBS Board of Directors is delighted to introduce our new Executive Director, Jonathan Harris. Our Executive Director job opening was posted in January 2017. During a search process that attracted almost forty applicants, Jonathan emerged as our clear choice. Among his many talents, Jonathan brings to his new role a strong background in synagogue […]
HeadshotPhotoJHarrisThe CBS Board of Directors is delighted to introduce our new Executive Director, Jonathan Harris.

Our Executive Director job opening was posted in January 2017. During a search process that attracted almost forty applicants, Jonathan emerged as our clear choice. Among his many talents, Jonathan brings to his new role a strong background in synagogue management, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and palpable enthusiasm about making CBS his home.

Jonathan will officially join our team on June 19. We very much look forward to working with Jonathan and he looks forward to meeting each member of the CBS community! We hope you’ll take the opportunity to introduce yourself to Jonathan at the Annual Meeting or soon after he begins working with us next month.

In the meantime, we thought we’d share a bit more about our new captain!

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Jonathan has served as Director of Operations at Or Shalom Jewish Community for the past two years. Prior to his time with Or Shalom, he worked as Director of Operations and Communications at Adath Israel. You may also be familiar with Jonathan’s Advice Mensch column, which appears regularly in J Weekly.

After attending a recent, rocking Americana Jam Band Kabbalat Shabbat service, Jonathan was inspired to tune up his vintage Fender hollow-body bass in hopes of possibly participating down the road. His other, somewhat neglected hobbies include surfing, long-distance running, and whacking (with a pronounced slice) golf balls at the driving range with his daughter. He also enjoys funny Jewish jokes and would like to hear any you have to tell – clean or otherwise!

Jonathan and his wife, Courtney Beck, live here in San Francisco. Courtney is the Executive Director Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale, a true San Francisco treasure which presents audiences throughout the world with historically-informed performances of music from the Baroque, Classical, and Early Romantic periods, as well as new music using period instruments. Their two older daughters attend Barnard College in New York City, and their youngest daughter is finishing fourth grade at The Brandeis School of San Francisco.

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