Aryeh Goldberg - Headshot_20160721_aThe CJF is excited to introduce to you various personalities within the organization that work to make the CJF as successful as possible.

This week, meet Aryeh Goldberg!

Aryeh Goldberg, originally from Chicago, now lives in LA with his wife and three children, Noam, Elan, and Eli. He went to the Skokie Yeshiva, Ohr Yerushalayim for two years, and Yeshiva University where he was in the Sy Syms School of Business and YP morning program where he attended Rav Parnes’s shiur. In YU, Aryeh was involved in student government. YCSC was the governing student council at the time and he held the positions of treasurer, VP, and acting President. While in Syms, he majored in finance, and subsequently he worked on Wall Street after graduation. When Aryeh moved out to LA in 2002 he became the CFO for the JCC’s of greater LA and he then attended the UCLA Anderson school of management where he received an MBA. Upon graduation, he worked for Deloite Consulting in strategy and operations practice where he left as a senior manager, and he now works on growth and strategy for S&F Management Company, LLC, a private health care company, where he serves as vice president of strategy and growth. In the past he was an executive board member at Beth Jacob Congregation of Beverly hills, the Treasurer and VP of the board of the West Side JCC in LA, and is currently the treasurer of the Zimmer Children’s Museum, on the board of West Coast branch of American Friends of Magen David Adom, and is a very active member of AIPAC’s new leadership program.

When Mr. Goldberg graduated from YU, he called the university several times and said he wanted to stay involved but no one returned any of his calls. Several years later he was called by chance when President Richard Joel commissioned a phone survey of alumni. After answering the questions from the phone questioner the teller-representative asked if he had anything to say, and he explained his wish to stay involved in the Yeshiva University community, to which the phone interviewer suggested he write an email to President Joel. He did this and several days later he was contacted by Richard Bieler to set up a time to speak. They spoke and met in person several times thereafter whenever Mr. Bieler came to LA, and subsequently Mr. Bieler asked Aryeh to join the newly formed CJF advisory board, which he has been engaged in ever since.

Mr. Goldberg now serves as the Chairman of the CJF advisory board, after taking over from Ira Mitzner who retired from the position this past summer. Mr. Goldberg acknowledged that he is stepping into significant shoes, having learned a lot from Ira already and hopes to continue to learn from him in his new role.

Mr. Goldberg commented how it is phenomenal to watch the CJF grow and evolve and to experience the coalescing of community needs and the ability of the CJF to bring to bear the resources for the American modern orthodox community needs. He noted that there are so many programs that North American communities have to come to know as norms that the CJF has created and it is only because the CJF has made them norms over the last dozen years or so that communities have been at a tremendous benefit. For example, he reflected on the “Torah To Go” that is published many times yearly for the chagim; you know there is going to be one and can count on it for your learning and holiday inspiration. Another example he noted is the rabbinic training and continuing rabbinic education programs the CJF runs that bolster rabbis around the country that ultimately has trickle down effect on entire communities.

Fundamentally, what he hopes to accomplish at the CJF along with Rabbi Glasser is that rather than create or bolster silos or individual programs, he wants to think more about the sustainable impact the CJF can have in cohesive manner, centered around four pillars, those being leadership, education, spirituality, and inspiration. He hopes to ask how does every program we run feed into one of those four pillars in some way? He noted that it’s all about sustainability, scalability, differentiation and demand because he wants the CJF to be able to have the greatest impact in the most efficient manner. He wants to create programs that run for many years and impact modern orthodox Jewry, not merely separate individuals.

When asked what he excited to be working on, Mr. Goldberg noted that he is excited about leveraging the uniqueness and the powers of YU as a university, to make the CJF an access point of YU to the greater community. He compared it to an hourglass on its side with the community being the expanded side and the CJF being the pinch point which gathers in and connects the different aspects of the community. He is looking to help challenges that face the greater community from a data driven perspective and by proactively harnessing the power of the CJF as role in the community. As a university, he noted, we are in a position to do big data analytics, and we have the capacity to use that in remarkable and unprecedented ways to shift the landscape of Jewish community. All issues we face, we can do research on and study systematically, with input from our national community and therefore devise a solution that is both methodical and thoughtful and that can be deployed on national scale from within our smaller community. This is what scalability and stability is all about, he noted.

In addition, he is specifically excited about the continuing rabbinic education model, the webinars and the web-based programs the CJF has created. He noted that the lifecycle the CJF provides the rabbinical community and greater community at large is having a tremendous impact. By being the supporting infrastructure for rabbis, and by helping several hundreds rabbis, we are really impacting tens of thousands of community members nation wide.  This is what reframing is all about.

When asked about his vision for YU and the CJF, Mr. Goldberg noted that by creating such a model he discussed, a differentiator for YU is created also. When the student body is involved in a lot of that work revolving data analytics, student will be working on real problems facing the Jewish community and will deal with issues in an impactful way. This creates added value to the university. He is most excited about the opportunities to work with what has been built before and move it forward. Thus, he looks forward to working with more individuals across the country to achieve what YU is set out to achieve for Torah U’Madda Jewry.

Most importantly, Aryeh is a proud Chicago cub fans, and enjoys eating Romanian kosher sausage from Chicago. What drives him, he noted, is that he’s an eternal pessimist, but he promises to be there with carafe of water next to his half empty glass ready to fill it up as best as he can.


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