Jerry Kiewe has served as Executive Director of Ohr Kodesh Congregation since October, 2007.
Direct Line: (240) 450-3486
Email: JKiewe [at] OhrKodesh [dot] org
Jerry is a career Jewish communal professional who has held a variety of roles in the field. He began his professional career with the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO), serving first as the Athletic Director in Baltimore, then as Assistant Regional Director in South Florida and then Senior Regional Director of the Greater Jersey-Hudson River Region, with over 1,000 teens. His involvement with the BBYO dates back to his days as president of his AZA chapter in Baltimore.
In 1995, Jerry returned to the Baltimore Washington area and served five years as Assistant Director of PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values, directing its flagship Panim el Panim: High School in Washington seminars and developing pre- and post-Israel Experience programs for Jewish teens and college students. He later returned to PANIM in May 2006 for a second stint as Vice President for Program, responsible for oversight of a vast array of nationally acclaimed programs offered by PANIM. In that role, he helped foster the creation of PanimWorks, a Jewish service learning program that brings Jewish teens to live and work alongside Native Americans in the Southwest.
From 2000 – 2002, Jerry served as Executive Director of the Baltimore Zionist District (BZD), carrying out a variety of Israel education and advocacy activities, including the mobilization of 5,000 Baltimoreans for the April 15, 2002 Israel rally in Washington, DC. This was followed by nearly four years as Program Director, Director of Outreach Services and Building Director for the JCC of Greater Baltimore. His responsibilities included management of an extensive renovation of the Weinberg Park Heights JCC and oversight of various JCC departments.
Jerry earned his B.A. in Social Work and Sociology at the University of Maryland; Baltimore County (UMBC) in 1983. He went on to complete the double Masters program of the Darrell Friedman Institute for Jewish Communal Service, earning a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland and an M.A. in Judaic Studies from the Baltimore Hebrew University in 1985. In May 1997 he earned a third Masters degree in Jewish Education from the Baltimore Hebrew University.
Jerry has traveled to Israel extensively; his first trip was in 1976 accompanying his father, a longtime director of the Jewish National Fund in Maryland, on a JNF mission. He has since returned over a dozen times (and counting!), primarily as a staff for teen, college and synagogue groups. Jerry has also participated in and led numerous trips to Jewish communities in Russia and Poland.
Jerry was actively involved in the creation and development of Kehillah: the Association of Jewish Communal Professionals of Greater Baltimore, and from 2000-2006 served successive two-year terms as Program Chair, Vice Chair and Chair.
Since 1995, Jerry has also maintained a secondary position as Educational Director of the Columbia Jewish Community School (CJCS), a supplementary religious school of over 200 students.
Jerry resides in Baltimore with his wife, Suzanne, and three children, Zephan, Micah and Tamar.