SJFS Names Joe Gross New Director

Joe Gross is the new director of Syracuse Jewish Family Service (SJFS) effective July 1.

Gross will lead the 130-year-old human service agency that is an affiliate of Menorah Park of Central New York.  As the agency’s executive director, he will be responsible for the agency’s overall administration including staff development, financials, and reporting. The Director works closely with the Board of Directors, the CEO of Menorah Park, and the community to develop and implement programs that realize the agency’s mission and vision, as well as secure its professional and community identity as a go-to expert in issues of individual and family wellbeing and complex later life issues.

Gross, who holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, was most recently the Associate Executive Director of AccessCNY.

“Joe’s many years of experience working in the healthcare industry with a special focus on occupational, physical, and speech therapy, will help him support the teams already in place at Syracuse Jewish Family Service,” Menorah Park CEO Mary Ellen Bloodgood, said. “He brings current administrative “best practice” knowledge, including those affiliated with Medicare and Medicaid, and I know Menorah Park’s human services arm will grow and flourish under his guidance.”

Gross has worked as a consultant to Senior Whole Health of Syracuse and Albany, has served on the Long Term Care Council of Onondaga County, and was just re-elected to the Jamesville-Dewitt school board as chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Policy Committee, as well as serving on an ad hoc outreach committee with Town of Dewitt representatives.

SJFS helps individuals and families in the Jewish and general communities of Central New York maximize their self-determination, realize their potential, and live with dignity. It has been guided by the Jewish values of family, community, diversity, respect, and autonomy. The agency promotes these values by identifying community needs, establishing priorities, and implementing programs that seek to preserve and strengthen individual and family well-being.

For information on SFJS services, email or call 315-446-9111 x234.

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