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More culture coming to the JCC


January 5, 2018

The Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando is proud to announce the appointment of Leah Sandler as Cultural Arts coordinator. Sandler is no stranger to the JCC or the local Jewish community having attended the Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center and the Hebrew Day School (now Jewish Academy of Orlando). Sandler remained connected to the Jewish community as a teen, participating in Beit Ha’midrash, the community’s once-per-week Jewish high school experience. In addition, Sandler attended services at Congregation Ohev Shalom with her mom and got her first job at the Heritage Florida Jewish News at 16 years old. Sandler’s education has prepared her for her new position as she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Rollins College, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts (Philadelphia).

The goal of Sandler’s position is to bring exciting and engaging arts-related events to the Orlando Jewish community. She will be not only managing and growing the J’s current, successful arts programs such as the Jewish Film Festival and Jewish Book Festival, she will also be growing new and exciting cultural programs and opportunities for adults and teens too.

Sandler said, “I want to help bring our community together and stimulate dialogue through thought-provoking programming. In addition, I want to help increase our Jewish community’s engagement in local arts and culture while helping amplify the voices of contemporary Jewish creatives too.”  

Sandler won’t be tackling this program expansion by herself. She will be guiding the JCC’s Cultural Arts Committee along with program-focused sub-committees to work on specific programs and events.

Sandler added, “I would love to speak with anyone in the Jewish community, as well as the greater Orlando community, about the kind of arts and culture events they would like to see happen at the J, and what they have enjoyed about JCC programming and events in the past! I am also very interested in getting to know artists, musicians, actors, writers and other creatives from within the community.”

Sandler can be reached at LeahS@orlandojcc.org or (407) 645-5933 X282.


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