The Center for Jewish History (CJH), home to the world’s largest and most comprehensive archive of the modern Jewish experience outside of Israel, announced Dorothy Kauffman, a nonprofit leader, has joined the Center as Chief Advancement Officer.
Most recently, Kauffman held the same title at DOROT, a social services organization designed to help alleviate isolation and loneliness among older adults.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Dorothy to the CJH leadership team,” said Dr. Gavriel Rosenfeld, President of the Center for Jewish History. “Her wealth of experience in the Jewish and non-Jewish institutional worlds, combined with her deep passion for CJH’s mission, reaffirms my optimism that the Center – along with our five partner organizations – is perfectly positioned to broaden its public profile as we begin preparations to celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2025.”
“It is a privilege to serve such a storied and unique organization as the Center for Jewish History,” said Kauffman. “The Center’s mission which seeks to illuminate Jewish history, culture, and heritage has a profound importance in my life. I look forward to working with Dr. Gavriel Rosenfeld, the CEO, Rio Daniel, the board, and members of the staff to achieve the Center’s ambitious goals of growing the impact of the Center’s mission as it looks toward its future in educating, informing and inspiring Jewish historical life in New York City and beyond.”
Kauffman began her career in the world of music as a producer and popular on-air personality at WQXR and at BMG Entertainment, the music and entertainment division of Bertelsmann A.G., one of the world’s leading media companies. She then helped launch RosettaBooks, a pioneer in digital publishing.
In pivoting to the nonprofit space, Kauffman brought expertise in development, marketing, communications, strategic growth, and board engagement – often on a global scale. Her executive skills and sense of mission have grown and strengthened diverse institutions – as Executive Director of the American Associates of London’s Royal Academy of Arts as well as The Jerusalem Foundation and Tribeca Hebrew, as Senior Development Officer at Birthright Israel, and as Vice President of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC).
A native of New York City, Kauffman holds an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University and an MBA in International Marketing from Fordham University. She was awarded a B.A. in English with honors from Barnard College, where she was summa cum laude and named Phi Beta Kappa.
She lives in Manhattan.
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