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JCRB|AJC  Announces New Executive Director


Gavriela Geller has been named the new Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Bureau|American Jewish Committee (JCRB|AJC), which advocates on behalf of the Kansas City Jewish Community to eliminate injustice and discrimination at home and abroad. Geller is a Kansas City native and when she returns later this month, will become the fourth director to lead the organization in its 74-year history. Ms. Geller follows Marvin Szneler, who led the organization with distinction for the past 20 years.

“Working together with our neighbors to stand up against discrimination, hatred, and divisiveness has never been more important,” said Geller. “The Jewish community has always acted on the premise that we’re stronger together than alone. I’m honored to join an organization with a long track record of standing up for these values in Kansas City.” 

Geller previously worked at AJC, the global Jewish advocacy organization, advancing immigration reform and strengthening Latino-Jewish relations across the country. She most recently directed the policy and advocacy efforts of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of St. Louis. She is fluent in Spanish and holds an MA in Jewish Cultural Arts from the George Washington University.

 “Gavriela’s extraordinary experience in national advocacy, local community relations, and strategic visioning will be tremendous assets to our organization,” said JCRB|AJC Board Chair Jason Krakow. “As we approach our 75th year, we’re thrilled to bring her back to Kansas City to lead our work into the future.” 

Guided by Jewish values, JCRB|AJC builds bridges between civic, faith, and ethnic groups, and advocates on issues of social justice, antisemitism, and promoting Israel’s place in the world.  It serves as the Western Missouri and Kansas Regional office of AJC. 










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For 70 years, JCRB|AJC has been an advocate for justice, protecting and preserving equal rights for all members of our Greater Kansas City community. The JCRB|AJC continually builds bridges of understanding and nurtures guiding principles that all people of goodwill embrace - working to prevent discrimination, reduce prejudice, strengthen democracy, and expand freedom.

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