Amian Frost Kelemer is stepping up from COO to CEO of the Louise D. and Morton J. Macks Center for Jewish Education on Aug. 1, as Lawrence Ziffer steps down after 15 years at the helm.
Kelemer, 48, who has been at the CJE since 1992, is a longtime educator with a background that ranges from teaching preschool children through older adults. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and a master’s in education from Johns Hopkins University.
“I started out teaching at the Gerhser LaTorah, a CJE program for children with disabilities,” Kelemer said. She became principal, then director of education, and held other administrative posts before becoming COO. Twenty-five years later, she says her “love of Jewish education at the community level” will serve her well in her new CEO role, where she anticipates more engagement with and outreach to religious and lay leaders and families in the Jewish community.
Kelemer says she will continue to build on CJE successes, especially the Connectors program for families with young children.
“I look forward to meeting with community educators, community leaders and rabbis and finding out what their interests are in Jewish education,” she said.
Kelemer’s interests and talents include sign-language interpreting and cooking. She is also a violinist with the Baltimore Women’s Orchestra.
Kelemer said Ziffer will be missed and praised his dedicated, compassionate work at CJE.
“It’s been a great 15 years,” Ziffer said, adding he was “delighted” by Kelemer’s promotion and that she will be a capable and adept executive.