LJCC Director Heading For San Diego
Amid Emotional Goodbyes
It was a wonderful evening a few weeks ago. The senior adult lounge at the Levite Jewish Community Center was packed, with LJCC staff and other community members.
They were there to thank and say goodbye to the LJCC’s departing Executive Director Betzy Lynch; her husband Spencer Lynch, who also has worked at our LJCC, and their family. The Lynches are moving to San Diego for Betzy to become the professional leader of that community’s JCC.
The Lynches are a great family and they will be missed. During her four years in Birmingham, Betzy infused the LJCC with energy, imagination and creative Jewish content. This morning, Betzy was meeting with colleagues in her office, saying goodbye and further cementing the many friendships she built while here in Birmingham.
Betzy’s tenure in Birmingham was capped by our LJCC hosting last week’s JCC Maccabi Games which brought almost 900 teen athletes to Birmingham.
Maccabi was a spectacularly successful event with hundreds of Birmingham families participating and at least one long-time community member remarking that “this was the greatest Jewish community event in my lifetime.”
During her time in Birmingham, Betzy also built a dedicated and motivated staff and that was evident in the reception held a few weeks ago to say goodbye to the Lynches. The highlight was a fun yet deeply moving video of staff members and other friends saying goodbye to Betzy and her family and thanking them for enriching their lives.
“I feel the video showed the diversity we have in our office, and how we all are so different, but still somehow all work together so great,” staff member Priscilla Denard observed afterward in an email.
“I feel so privileged to work for this organization; the things we get to do day to day and the big things we get to experience are different from most people’s work day, and I’m so grateful that I somehow got placed in this wonderful organization!” she added.
“We will definitely miss Betzy. She has touched so many of us on many levels, both through work and personally. As she said at the reception, she has helped a lot of us grow and get ready for the next stage.”
Betzy did the same thing for our Jewish community — she helped us grow and get ready for the next stage. For that, we all should be grateful.
– Richard Friedman, BJF Executive Director