Annual Meeting 2024

Rabbi Paul Resnick

The Jewish Federation of Western CT’s Annual Meeting, scheduled for Thursday, June 20,2024, has been postponed.

Our newly hired Executive Director, Paul Resnick, is currently volunteering in Israel and will officially join the Federation on July 2, 2024; after which a new date for our Annual Meeting will be announced.

It will be at this meeting that the community will be able to meet and greet, Paul Resnick and learn about his vision for the Federation’s future.

Rabbi Paul F. Resnick has spent his entire professional and volunteer life in the Jewish non-profit community. He is very excited to bring his life experience and skills to help lead the Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut.  

He says: "I am humbled by the opportunity afforded to me by your incredible volunteer leadership to serve as your new Executive Director. I look forward to meeting with each of you - those of you who are involved with the Federation and those of you who are not yet involved. Each of you has a Jewish story to tell, and I want to hear it!"

Rabbi Resnick, born in the Bronx, and raised in Woodmere, NY, comes to us with a lifetime of Jewish professional success. 

He graduated from the Brandeis School in Lawrence and Binghamton University. He attended the One-Year Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and studied at Machon Schechter and the Graduate School of Hebrew University. He was ordained as Rabbi, Teacher and Preacher from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1987. During his career, he was a participant in the Non-Profit Program for nonprofit executives at Columbia University. 

Rabbi Resnick received an honorary doctorate from JTS after serving for more than 25 years as a rabbinic leader in the Jewish community. He was also recognized for service as a longtime visionary camp director by the Foundation for Jewish Camp. 

He is the former director of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, a position he held for 28 years before serving for four years as Senior Planning & Engagement Director; all told, Paul spent a total of 40 summers at Ramah. After departing Ramah, he brought his extensive experience as a strategic thinker, teacher and relationship-builder to four synagogues.  

He and his wife have been proud members of Congregation Beth Sholom, in Teaneck, New Jersey for over 30 years. He was the founding chair of the synagogue’s Strategic Development committee and the Children and Teens Safety committee. He currently serves on the board and chairs the Legacy group. They raised their three children in Teaneck.

They are particularly excited about being saba and savta to several  grandchildren. You can always ask Paul to tell you about them!