Mike Sophir to head Jewish Community Center

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The Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center (JCC Denver) has named Mike Sophir to be its next chief executive officer.

Beginning on Jan. 10, Sophir will take over for Ed Nekritz, who has been serving as acting CEO for the past year. Nekritz will continue in his role of board chair.

“The CEO search committee, comprised of board members and community leaders who have a passion for the JCC, worked tirelessly to ensure that we found the right person to build on all that has been accomplished by the team in the past 12 months,” Nekritz said in a news release. “Sophir is the right person to join us at this juncture to continue to move the organization forward as an inclusive, community-focused organization. He is also the right person to help us ensure that the JCC serves as a second home for the community, engaging current, new and prospective members on their own lifecycle journey as the JCC embarks on its 100th anniversary in 2022.”

Sophir has more than 30 years of experience in executive-level leadership in both nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Most recently, he was a senior consultant at Columns, where he delivered strategic organization and business development strategies to local and national nonprofit and public sector clients, states a news release.

Sophir is returning to Colorado for his role at JCC Denver — he had previously lived in Denver for about 22 years. In his early years, Sophir spent time at the Jewish Community Center in Omaha, participating in summer camps, sports activities, theater programs and many other special events.

“In general, there is a hunger among many for reconnection, in part resulting from the proliferation of technology and especially as we continue to navigate through the pandemic,” Sophir said in a news release. “I am excited to join the JCC Denver at this unique time because of the role the organization plays in nurturing community connections and providing a place to belong for everyone no matter one’s background or beliefs.”

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