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Leominster native is the new CEO of Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut

Gary Jones has been named chief executive officer of the Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut, 

A resident of West Hartford, Conn., Jones was born and raised in Leominster, where his family belonged to Congregation Agudat Achim.

Jones was a practicing lawer in Waterbury and Hartford, Conn. for many years, and served as a lay leader at several non-profit organizations including the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and its Jewish Community Relations Committee, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and Hebrew Senior Care, formerly the Hebrew Home and Hospital. 

In 2010, Jones left his work as a fulltime lawyer and became executive director of the ADL’s Connecticut office. He also did a stint as interim director of UConn Hillel in 2015, and later helped Hebrew Senior Care through its bankruptcy as its interim executive director.

“We are fortunate to have found an individual with such a diverse array of skills and experiences to lead our Federation,” said Pauline Zimmerman, president of the Federation. “We consider it a bonus that his positions as an attorney in Waterbury and as the Regional Director of the Connecticut Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League have given Gary a very good understanding of our communities and resulted in excellent relationships with many of the leaders of Federation and other Jewish communal organizations here in Western Connecticut.” 

Jones got his BA in politics and American studies at Brandeis University, graduating magna cum laude. He then went to New York University Law School. 

He is married to Jill Epstein Jones and they have three grown sons.

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