Rabbi Andy Shugerman is thrilled to become the Incoming Executive Director of the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs (FJMC), a role that matches his unique career path with a decade of personal experiences in co-leading and participating in multi-generational grassroots Jewish men's groups. He is a pluralistic rabbinic educator and professional fundraiser who has specialized in engaging young and unaffiliated Jews during his 15 years of serving Conservative synagogues and institutions as well as diverse local and national organizations.
Rabbi Shugerman honed his skills as a rabbi, teacher and major gifts fundraiser while serving for four years as Rabbinic Fellow in the Florida Regional Office of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), from which he received ordination and a master’s degree in Jewish Education in 2009. His success in that position and his passion for transforming organizations from within led him to become the lead fundraiser for United Synagogue Youth (USY) while serving as the first Director of Major Gifts at United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ).
Rabbi Shugerman earned his BA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, where he was a Schiff Undergraduate Fellow. In addition, he studied at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, worked for the Masorti/Conservative Movement in Israel, and attended the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles. Rabbi Shugerman trained before and during rabbinical school in congregation-based community organizing (CBCO); those skills, along with intensive clinical chaplaincy work at Los Angeles County Jail and at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, prepared him for the tremendous work of helping to rebuild Congregation Shir Chadash of Metairie, Louisiana, following Hurricanes Katrina and Gustave.
Most recently, Rabbi Shugerman returned both to the pulpit (as Interim Rabbi of Congregation Beth Tikvah in Wantagh, New York) and to the classroom (as a teacher of adult learners at the Solomon Schechter School of Long Island and in Midtown Manhattan for the Development Department of the Jewish Theological Seminary). When he is not training for his next marathon, Rabbi Shugerman enjoys newlywed life in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, where he and his wife are active members of several independent minyanim as well as the world's largest local food cooperative supermarket community.