Andrew is a proud product of the Reform Movement. Hailing from Seattle, WA, he was highly active in his temple youth group and in NFTY Northwest. In 2007, he was a member of the inaugural staff at URJ Camp Kalsman, where he worked for four summers, followed by camp leadership roles with URJ Kutz Camp and URJ Mitzvah Corps.
Andrew received his B.A. in History from Chapman University and earned a Certificate in Jewish Education for Adolescents and Emerging Adults from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He moved to New York City in 2010, bringing with him a passion for engaging Jewish teens and a deep commitment to creating community.
Andrew previously served as the Youth Programs Coordinator at Larchmont Temple in Larchmont, NY, where he expanded teen leadership and educational opportunities. He also served as the Program and Communications Associate at the Jewish Teen Funders Network, supporting the network of Jewish teen philanthropy programs across North America. Most recently, Andrew was the founding Senior Regional Director for BBYO Manhattan, a new pluralistic Jewish teen program based at JCC Manhattan, where he worked with teens, parents, and community leaders to reach more than 200 teens in three years. For his work with BBYO, Andrew received the Young Pioneer Award from the Jewish Education Project in 2017.
Andrew is thrilled to return to Temple Shaaray Tefila, where he previously served as the Junior Youth Group advisor and staffed various youth programs and TaSTY events since 2012. Now, he is excited to bring his passion, experience, and energy to the dynamic community of Temple Shaaray Tefila teens and families. As a Pacific Northwest native, Andrew enjoys hiking, kayaking, and all things outdoors. He lives on the Upper East Side with his wife, Elena. You may reach Andrew at (212) 535-0912 or [email protected].