DAVID KURZMANN, Executive Director
David Kurzmann joined the Jewish Community Relations Council of Metropolitan Detroit (JCRC) as its executive director in October 2015 after spending nearly a decade as a professional in the Chicago Jewish community.
In July 2016, JCRC formed an innovative partnership with American Jewish Committee (AJC) to better serve the Detroit community. David now directs JCRC/AJC: A Partnership for Community Relations and Jewish Advocacy.
Prior to joining JCRC/AJC, David worked as assistant regional director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest Regional Office. At ADL, David coordinated and facilitated the agency’s Confronting Anti-Semitism and Words to Action programs, which empower Jewish students to address bias in their communities. His responsibilities also included campus outreach, law enforcement initiatives, Jewish communal security programs, and the Glass Leadership Institute – a nationally recognized young leadership development program. Before working at ADL, he served as program assistant at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, where he helped coordinate the museum’s grand opening and later facilitated public programs for diverse audiences.
He currently serves on the boards of the Interfaith Community Leadership Council (IFLC) and New Detroit.
A native of metro Detroit, graduate of Hillel Day School, and member of the founding class of the Frankel Jewish Academy, David holds a B.A. in Hebrew and Jewish cultural studies and political science from the University of Michigan.
To contact David, email: [email protected] or call (248) 642-2640.
ALLAN GALE, Associate Director
Allan Gale has worked for the JCRC/AJC for more than three decades, becoming Associate Director in 1989. His current responsibilities include coordinating JCRC/AJC’s Israel advocacy and government relations. While working at JCRC/AJC, Gale served as the administrator of the Michigan Board of Rabbis for several years.
Mr. Gale is the lead Israel advocacy and government relations professional on JCRC/AJC’s staff. He directs Israel-related programming, media response, government relations, Jewish community education and mobilization, and outreach to high school and college youth. He is also responsible for JCRC/AJC's engagement with government officials at the federal, state and local levels. Additionally, as the associate director, he has responsibilities in personnel, supervision, and planning.
Mr. Gale holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and the Midrasha-College of Jewish Studies, and completed Hebrew language studies in Israel. He has taught in Jewish religious schools, and is a frequent guest lecturer in public and private high schools and colleges. He is a member of the board of the Detroit Council for World Affairs, and is a past board member of the South Oakland County chapter of the NAACP, Jewish National Fund, Temple Emanu-El and Jewish Heartland magazine.
To contact Allan, email: [email protected] or call (248) 642-2641.
BEVERLY K. PHILLIPS, Assistant Director, Public Relations
Beverly K. Phillips has been the coordinator of JCRC/AJC's public relations activities since 1995. She is responsible for managing media relations, promoting JCRC/AJC’s initiatives and events, and producing the agency’s printed publications and materials. Ms. Phillips also facilitates JCRC/AJC’s Activist Award committee. She began working at JCRC/AJC in 1990 as a community relations associate.
Before joining the staff, Ms. Phillips worked in marketing and communications. She was an independent consultant for Michigan Bell, where she produced promotional and educational marketing videos, and was an industry consultant for AT&T, managing national accounts. She began her career as a promotions coordinator for WKOW-TV, the ABC affiliate in Madison, Wisconsin.
Ms. Phillips received her B.A. degree in English and Journalism from Michigan State University. She obtained a teaching certificate from Wayne State University, where she completed a master's program in elementary education.
To contact Beverly, email: [email protected] or call (248) 203-1527.
SANDY LIPPITT, Literacy Programs Coordinator
Sandy Lippitt has extensive experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, and has expertise in marketing, logistics and event planning and coordination. She began her career as a consumer products buyer with B & E Wholesale for over five years. Thereafter, she worked in marketing for such companies as Clairol and Rubbermaid, and as an event coordinator for Merck Pharmaceuticals, setting up medical demonstrations throughout southeast Michigan. She later became the event coordinator for Avon's three-day March for Breast Cancer.
Sandy's non-profit experience includes event coordination work with Lungevity and Tamarack Camps, having chaired the Send-A-Kid to Tamarack annual fundraiser for two years. She was JCRC/AJC's community relations associate beginning in September 2013, and was reassigned to literary programs in early 2015.
To contact Sandy, email: [email protected] or call (248) 642-2649.
NAOMI LEVINE, Community Relations Associate
Naomi joined the JCRC/AJC staff as community relations associate in early 2015. Her responsibilities include working with local Jewish organizations to promote social justice projects and awareness in the community, and active engagement with the interfaith and multiethnic communities in greater Detroit. Naomi has worked in the Jewish community for over 20 years, primarily in the field of education. Her positions at Temple Israel and The Jean and Samuel Frankel Jewish Academy of Metropolitan Detroit involved a variety of functions ranging from classroom instruction to marketing and recruitment.
Naomi is a graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in English, education and sociology.
To contact Naomi, email: [email protected] or call (248) 642-5393.
COREY YOUNG, Office Manager
To contact Corey, email: [email protected] or call (248) 642-5393.