JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF STATEN ISLAND, INC.

The JCC of Staten Island is dedicated to encouraging harmony throughout the community by providing facilities and programs that are open to all regardless of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation. Everyone is welcome at the JCC.

SPARK Team Members

Orit Lender, Assistant Executive Director of the JCC of Staten Island, began her JCC career in 2001 as a youth worker and has filled numerous positions during her tenure in multiple departments working with participants of all ages. Orit has held the title of Assistant Executive Director for the past two years and is responsible for overseeing the Senior Adult and Social Services Departments, Jewish Arts and Culture, Music School and the management of our Nancy & Ron Avis facility as well as the NYCHA site that houses one of our senior adult programs.

Orit recently completed the Duke University Executive Leadership for Non Profit Program in October 2018. Extremely involved in Staten Island’s Jewish community, Orit is a board member of the Chai Society at Wagner College and a member of the Staten Island Council of Jewish organizations. In addition, she is involved on various local committees and coalitions including the SI Borough President’s Task Force on Aging, TYSA (Tackling Youth Substance Abuse), and Childhood Obesity. Orit is also a member of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Business Guild.

Orit Lender

Team Leader

Sigalit Grego is the Program Assistant for the Jewish Community Center Cultural Arts Department of Staten Island, where she assists the Director of Cultural Arts with the planning and implementation of JCC's programs and events with the main focus on the Israeli Community. She graduated from the College of Staten Island with a bachelors degree in Business Management and a minor in Economics in 2000. She previously worked for Fitch Ratings and Deutsche Bank.

Sigalit Grego

I am a Director of Cultural Arts, passionate about Jewish education through art and culture. Being born in Russia, where Jewish identity was problematic as well as keeping the traditions alive, I like the challenge of making connections to people's past and to become the next link in the chain of Jewish tradition ensuring Jewish continuity into the future.

Bella Smorgonskaya

Employed by the JCC of SI since October 1990, I have held many positions including Membership Director and Adult Program Director. As Development Director, I am responsible for over $14 million in grant funding. This includes securing as well as overseeing the usage of these grant funds. I am a member of the Executive Cabinet which enables me to work closely with fellow executive staff as we review the needs of our community and seek funding to create and administer essential services and programs into place.

Anita Bruckmeir

I am the Director of Youth and Camping services at the JCC of Staten Island, serving in this role for more than 15 years. I am married and have two children (one is in college and the other in High School).

Glenn Wechsler

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