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Deb Krivoy named Chief Operating Officer of Springfield JCC

SPRINGFIELD – Deb Krivoy, M.Ed., has been named the chief operating Officer at the Springfield Jewish Community Center.

As COO Krivoy now manages the programming staff, oversees the JCC’s Havurah Initiative, and leads Women in Power, a yearlong fellowship initiative for mid-career Jewish professionals. 

A seasoned educator and Jewish nonprofit leader with 25 years of broad-based experience in curriculum design, professional development, community partnerships, arts administration, and audience engagement, Krivoy has previously served as the JCC’s director of Cultural Arts, having curated and managed the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival and Literatour Jewish Book Festival for more than five years. 

“This opportunity presented itself, and although the timing may seem strange in the midst of the pandemic, it was a great opportunity for me to take advantage of and to have more of an impact agency-wide,” Krivoy said. “I come out of a background of a lot of program design, project management, people management, and those are things that transfer over quite well.”

Prior to joining the Springfield JCC, Krivoy was the director of Avoda Arts, a New York-based nonprofit that trained hundreds of day school and congregational schoolteachers on ways to integrate the arts into Jewish education. While at Avoda, Deb co-founded the Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists, which distributed innovation funding and professional development support to cohorts of artists, musicians, and performers. She also created Reel Learning, a high school media program that bundles powerful short films with educational resources to explore issues of Jewish identity, culture, and history. 

Krivoy is a past board vice president of Lander-Grinspoon Academy and currently serves on the advisory board of Circles for Jewish Living. She holds a Master’s degree in Instructional Design from the University of Massachusetts and a BA in Communications from Pennsylvania State University. She and her family live in Northampton.

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