(Courtesy of Ma’ayanot) Ma’ayanot announced that Beth R. Nussbaum has joined the leadership team as director of development. In this role, Nussbaum will partner with the board and the administration, reaching out to parents, grandparents, alumni and foundations to actively support our mission. “This year there is such a beautiful sense of community, and each day we are able to learn together is a gift we celebrate. Ms. Nussbaum has seen the enthusiasm that we all have for Ma’ayanot and is excited to lead us in building a vibrant future,” said CB Neugroschl, head of school.
Nussbaum brings to Ma’ayanot a wealth of experience and a deep passion for ensuring that the Jewish community is able to devote its resources to support Jewish education. Her 25 years of experience include senior leadership roles in development, public relations, and marketing, both in the corporate world and with Jewish non-profit organizations. Nussbaum will manage and grow Ma’ayanot’s major gifts program, supervise the annual scholarship dinner, identify new funding opportunities and oversee the revitalization of Ma’ayanot’s capital campaign.
From 2012-2020, Nussbaum served as the national director of development and communications of American Friends of Migdal Ohr. She was responsible for directing and implementing the fundraising and marketing efforts for this leading Israeli social services agency that provides a top-tier education, housing, food and medical care for poor, orphaned and new immigrant children across Israel. She has raised $45 million over the course of her career, and sees her contribution to Ma’ayanot’s mission as part of her service in the Jewish non-profit sector: “I am a strong proponent of Ma’ayanot’s mission, which is rooted in Torah, emphasizing a rigorous secular education with engaging co-curricular activities that focus on the entire student.”
Nussbaum, a Bergen County resident and graduate of Yeshiva of Flatbush and Pratt Institute, holds a Professional Certificate in fundraising from NYU’s School of Professional Studies. She has most recently served as the executive director of Open University of Israel and previously was the director of development and public relations for Bergen County Center for Strength and Hope (formerly Shelter Our Sisters). In the corporate world, Nussbaum worked on the in-house public relations and marketing teams of Hallmark Entertainment, Dan Klores Communications and Universal Media.
Nussbaum expressed her excitement at joining Ma’ayanot’s leadership team: “The best way to build our future is to invest in our children, and our young women are best served by the nurturing and inspiring setting that Ma’ayanot offers. I am excited to help build Ma’ayanot’s capacity to serve our community.”