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Scarsdale-Based JCC Taps New Development Chief

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Milton Sussman has been in his new post as director of development at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) Mid-Westchester , located in Scarsdale, for two months and he's already looking at expanding programs as well as fundraising efforts.

In his new position, Sussman is responsible for expanding support of the agency by involving the community and soliciting support from corporations and foundations. "Milton will be an integral part of the JCC's senior management team and I am looking forward to working with him to strengthen immediate as well as long term fundraising for the agency," said Karen Spar Kasner, president of the JCC Board of Directors, in a press release announcing Sussman's hiring.

Sussman, who has more than 25 years of development experience, most recently spent five years in a similar position at the Jewish Education Center in central New Jersey.

"One of my goals here is to expand the development activities to include approaching foundations and solicit corporate support," Sussman said recently. “The other goal I have, personally and professionally, is to involve as many volunteers as possible to work together toward the mission of the JCC."

Sussman said it is volunteers who make the JCC run.

"Volunteers, that's the key," he said while talking about expanding JCC's offerings. "We have volunteers giving their time."

Parents who are nutritionists will be hosting a nutrition program for nursery school parents, he said. Also, a pediatrician will talk about health issues, followed by a question-and-answer session. He also plans to expand the seniors program to include more lectures, "which are usually complimentary," he said. "They ask for elder care lectures, so we're thinking of expanding that."

Sussman also talked of revitalizing the JCC and bringing people who used to be involved, including financial backers, back into the fold. "For example, May 22 we have a Gala Dinner. We haven't done that in a few years, but we're revitalizing. Some people have ignored us for many years and we're bringing them back to us in terms of support."

Sussman was quick to point out that the center is open to people of all faiths.

"It's a Jewish community center that is open to the entire community. To be sure, we have special programming centered around the Jewish holidays, but it's really nice that a diverse group of people from the Westchester area come and participate in our programs."

Sussman, whose background includes political science and business, attended Touro College in New York City. He and his wife, Sue, an early childhood educator, live in Riverdale.  The couple has two sons, "both great athletes," Sussman said. One recently graduated from Queens College and is working in hospital administration, he said, while the other is a senior at Binghamton University who has been accepted law school.

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