Community Message



May 19, 2017


Board President Eric Kolben is pleased to announce that the JCA has hired Molly Curren Rowles as its incoming Executive Director.  Molly, currently serving as Assistant Director of the JCA, will assume her duties as Executive Director on September 1st when current Executive Director Ellie Miller steps down from her position.


Board Vice President Bette Novick chaired the Search Committee that included a wide range of community members who spent several months reviewing and interviewing candidates from across the country.  Eric, in announcing the Committee and Board’s decision, spoke of Molly’s expertise, background and accomplishments.  He said, “We are fortunate to have Molly assume leadership of the organization at this pivotal moment as we move to our new building on Congress Street.  Her commitment to the organization has been demonstrated during her years of service overseeing a number of different components of the JCA.  She led Jewish Family Services to provide broader services to the community and to attract a larger volunteer base.  Her current leadership oversight of Center Day Camp is focused on skills acquisition programming and an emphasis on the environment.”


Molly, in accepting the position, stated, “I believe that the brilliance of Jewish thought, practices and philosophy are to be celebrated and shared widely, and the JCA is uniquely poised to continue to expand the significance of its work and build support for its activities and mission, both within and beyond the Jewish community.”


Molly is a 2001 graduate of Smith College where she majored in Religion and Biblical Literature and was awarded the Sidney Balman prize for outstanding work in Jewish studies.  She is a 2008 graduate of Cornell Law School. She worked for Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Portland where she represented indigent clients for five years, and then served for two years as manager of Intake.


The JCA is truly fortunate to have someone of Molly’s skills, knowledge and passion as its next Executive Director at this most exciting time for the Jewish community of Southern Maine.



Shabbat Shalom!