Director of Jewish Life
A 32-year veteran of the Jewish communal world, Martin Maskowitz has spent the last seven years at 92nd Street Y, the world-class Jewish community and cultural center in New York, which offers programs in the arts, education, health and wellness and Jewish life to people of all ages, backgrounds and perspectives.
He joined 92Y in 2004 as director of board program services, but was soon asked to oversee 92Y’s Bronfman Center for Jewish Life; he is now director of Jewish life at 92Y, with responsibility for weaving Jewish cultural themes and values into programming around the organization. Beginning with his role in 92Y’s decision to open for Shabbat, Marty has been instrumental in reimagining 92Y’s approach to Jewish programming, which emphasizes inclusiveness, community and a continuum of joyous Jewish experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds as well as programming designed to strengthen ties between American and Israeli Jews.
Today, more than 500 families (many of them previously unaffiliated) actively participate in 92Y’s “Shababa” community, which provides Friday, Saturday, holiday and weekday Jewish programming. He also oversaw the reinvigoration of 92Y’s Jewish afterschool, “Connect,” and implemented 92Y’s groundbreaking outreach initiatives to New York’s Israeli-American, Russian-speaking and ethnic Jewish communities, including the establishment of 92Y’s Resource Center for Jewish Diversity. Marty has also spearheaded 92Y’s relationship with the community centers of Ramat HaSharon, its sister city in Israel. 92Y and Ramat HaSharon collaborate on a summer exchange program for high school students (Havaya International). A visit by senior 92Y staff in 2010 provided the groundwork for future collaborations to bring these two communities together, technologically and otherwise.
Before joining 92nd Street Y, Marty spent 18 years working at the Sephardic Community Center in Brooklyn, the last eight years as executive director. Marty received a B.A. in Judaic Studies and Political Philosophy from the University of Toronto and an MSW from Rutgers University.