Neveh Shalom hires new executive director

Marlene Edenzon will be the new executive director of Congregation Neveh Shalom effective May 1. 
Marlene will succeed Fred Rothstein, who is retiring after 21 years of service to CNS and more than five decades of Jewish communal leadership. 
Neveh Shalom President Liza Milliner thanked Rothstein, a man “whose leadership and unwavering support has built a strong foundation of success.”
Neveh Shalom is a 150-year-old egalitarian Conservative congregation in Portland serving more than 800 member households.
“I am thrilled to welcome Marlene Edenzon to our community,” says Liza. “Marlene brings an impressive track record of leadership, strategic planning, organizational efficiencies, fundraising and community engagement, which will be instrumental in achieving Neveh Shalom’s organizational goals while ensuring a smooth transition and continuity of our vibrant and organizationally healthy congregation.” 
Marlene has more than 30 years of experience as a Jewish communal professional. She has held various leadership positions in financial development, human resources, special projects and office management at Congregation Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, Calif. She served as COO at a JCC, has developed and led early childhood programs, and has guided Jewish organizations as a consultant. 
As Executive Director of Neveh Shalom, Marlene will be responsible for leading all aspects of our organization’s operations, including fundraising, program development and community outreach. She will work closely with our members, clergy, staff, Board of Directors and lay leaders to ensure we continue to remain true to our mission, vision and values. We are excited about the energy and ideas she will bring and look forward to working with her to achieve our shared goals. 
“Our congregation, staff and Board of Directors are excited to welcome Marlene to Neveh Shalom and the Portland community,” says CNS Assistant Executive Director Michelle Caplan. “Marlene’s wealth of experience in Jewish education, programming, development and strategic leadership is an excellent fit for this role. We are eager to support her as she begins her journey as an Oregonian and a Portland Jewish professional.”


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