Executive Director

The North American Association of Synagogue Executives serves synagogue administrators throughout the United States and Canada along with regions elsewhere in the world. As a volunteer professional organization, the elected leadership is dispersed throughout the catchment areas of the Association reflecting the diverse geographic nature of the membership itself. Committees meet locally and nationally, and the central leadership convenes three times annually to establish and review policy matters. Information is made available by mail, telephone and electronic means in ever-increasing quantity and diversity. With the growth of the membership and programmatic services, came a need to centralize the Association’s administrative functioning.

In 1997, the Board of Governors took its first formal step in its centralization plans, with the establishment of the office of an Executive Secretary. In that capacity, Ms. Marilyn Zirl, FSA, initiated the first procedures for centralizing the delivery of services and information to the membership. In July 1999, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism made office space available to NAASE in its historic Rapaport House, giving the Association a permanent central location for the first time in its five decade history. In August of that year, the Board of Governors established its first Executive Director, to serve in a parttime capacity.

Our Executive Director is Harry Hauser, who brings with him forty-plus years of diverse experience in the field of synagogue management. He entered the field in May 1974 as the Executive Director of the North Shore Jewish Center in Port Jefferson Station, NY, where he served until the summer of 1992. He has served as a consultant to individual congregations in the Conservative Movement in the areas of administrative functions, long range planning, archives and recordkeeping, and programmatic development. His extended family is known to many in the Conservative Movement for their work in the national USY youth programs and the Solomon Schechter Day School programs.

The office of the Executive Director may be reached by telephone at the Long Island office at (631) 732-9461 or by e-mail at office@naase.org.