WORCESTER – Steven Schimmel, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Central Mass. has been named one of the Worcester Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” best and brightest young business and community leaders for the year 2020.
Schimmel and 39 other young leaders were honored during a virtual celebration on Sept. 16.
Schimmel joins 800 other business leaders in the Central Mass/MetroWest region that have been named a “40 Under Forty” since the business journal began the program 20 years ago.
“It’s a great honor,” Schimmel said. “It’s always nice to be recognized and in the context of the Jewish community its positive press. I feel really good about that. I also feel fortunate to be surrounded by a great team that helps to make all these successes possible.”
Schimmel, who turned 37 two weeks ago, has been a young up-and- comer since he was named executive director of the Jewish Federation of Cumberland, Gloucester & Salem Counties in New Jersey at the age of 27 – making him the youngest ever head of a Jewish Federation in North America.
His accomplishments during the past four years as executive director of the Jewish Federation of Central Mass. were detailed in a write-up in the WBJ, — including the successful campaign to clean up Worcester’s three Jewish cemeteries and his work in increasing the Federation’s annual campaign and the community’s legacy gifts.
The WBJ piece also included a fun fact: when asked who he would like as travel companions during a year long trip around the world, Schimmel chose “[British historian] Niall Ferguson to explain the history and economics of the places we visit. During the long plane rides, we would brainstorm with Oprah and Elon Musk to develop new ideas and create solutions, and Bill Bryson would give comedic insights into the everyday mundane experiences of life and travel.”
“I have a lot more that I want to accomplish,” Schimmel stated. “I do seek to make an impact and leave this world a better place, both on the community level and with as far reaching of an impact as I can have. So this is inspiring.”