Rabbi Daveen H. Litwin - Director of Community Engagement & Programming

The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires today announced the appointment of Rabbi Daveen H. Litwin as Director of Community Engagement and Programming. This new full-time position builds upon the Federation’s strong existing programming and community-building efforts while expanding the Federation’s capacity to tackle important priorities for outreach and engagement as identified in its recent strategic plan.
Rabbi Litwin previously served as the dean and chaplain of the Tucker Center for Spiritual and Ethical Life at Dartmouth College. She has worked in leadership positions on college campuses for more than two decades, including as a chaplain at the Claremont Colleges, rabbi at Grinnell College, and executive director of Hillel at the University of Kansas. She also served as a congregational rabbi in Toronto, Ontario, and Northampton, MA.
“Rabbi Litwin stood out for her warmth, her in-depth experience in a variety of Jewish organizations, and her ability to listen and engage people in a thoughtful and meaningful way,” said Natalie Matus, Federation Vice President and a member of the search committee. “She brings years of successful programming experience working collaboratively with individuals of different age groups and backgrounds.”
“We are delighted to welcome Rabbi Litwin to our Federation family and the Berkshire community at large,” said Federation president Elisa Schindler-Frankel. “Her experience, knowledge, and passion showed us that she is the right person to help move our community forward in a meaningful way.”
“I am honored and excited to be joining the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires staff,” said Rabbi Litwin, “and look forward to continuing the creation of diverse, meaningful connections and a vibrant, inclusive community life.” Rabbi Litwin will begin in a part-time remote capacity as she relocates to the Berkshires.
In addition to her programming, administrative, and pastoral experience, Rabbi Litwin has worked as a teacher and a collaborator with multi-faith organizations, affinity groups, and cultural communities. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University and received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, OH.