Staff and Volunteer Spotlight

Staff and Volunteer Spotlight

Rebecca Jarosh: Graphic Designer

What is your role and what do you do at Shalom Austin?
I’m the in-house graphic designer at Shalom Austin. Together with the marketing team, I help to develop creative campaigns and communications material for our internal clients. My role is to conceptualize and produce designs for both print and digital media, including brand identity, publications, and promotions.   

What is your background and what brought you to Shalom Austin?
I grew up in Boulder, Colorado and moved to Austin in 2000 after I completed my BA in journalism from the University of Northern Colorado. I worked behind the scenes as a News Assignment Editor for well over a decade at several local television stations. While I love the dynamic nature of the news, my growing curiosity for art and design started to evolve from just a pleasurable pastime. I enrolled in several graphic design courses and eventually ended up with an AAS in Graphic Design Specialization. While working on freelance jobs for non-profits and small businesses, my former news colleague and good friend, Julie Zweig, told me about a full-time graphic design position opening at Shalom Austin. I immediately applied and was thrilled when I was offered the job!

What do you feel has been your most rewarding experience so far?
Maybe it's my journalism background, but I love the research phase of any design project. The brainstorming of ideas and analyzing of possible solutions is quite fun! My most rewarding experience as a designer so far has been refreshing and developing the Shalom Austin brand. Shalom Austin is an organization with four branches that provides different services and programs to the Central Texas Jewish community. It was challenging to look at the various departments and try to establish a brand identity that communicates all that we are and what we do. I'm very proud of the way our team approached and accomplished that project.

What is your favorite part about working here?
One of the things that sets Shalom Austin apart from other organizations is all the wonderful people who work here. The outstanding staff is so friendly and truly cares for one another and the community they serve. When my mom was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago, I needed to take some personal time to help her and my family. I couldn't believe how supportive everyone was—not just for the flexible schedule and personal time I needed, but also the abundance of emotional support I received from my managers and colleagues.

Describe any exciting programs or projects in the works?
We are in the process of hiring a team to build a new Shalom Austin website. We are very excited to be evolving our online presence with a modernized site that is mobile friendly and easy to navigate.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about getting involved with Shalom Austin?
Do it! Don't miss out on a chance to become a part of this amazing community. 

Rob Rubenstein: Shalom Austin Volunteer

What is your role at Shalom Austin?
I currently serve as an at large Director on the Shalom Austin Board of Directors as well as a co-lead (with Brian Deitch) for the JCC Advisory Committee.   

What made you decide to become a Shalom Austin volunteer?
My initial reason was to be part of the 2013 Austin Maccabi games.  I figured maybe I would coach a team or referee a competition.  However, somehow or another I ended up as part of the awesome threesome (Statman, Jankowsky & Rubenstein – kind of sounds like a law firm) in charge of transportation for thousands of athletes, coaches and delegation heads.  After meeting a terrific group of folks during the Maccabi experience,  I knew I wanted to be more deeply engaged and connected to the growing and thriving Austin Jewish community.

Why is volunteering important to you?
I wanted to impress on my children at a young age that there is important work and fulfilling experiences to be had beyond our home, school and day jobs.        

What is your background?
In the north suburbs of Philly, born and raised.  On ball fields, soccer pitches, summer camp, Temple Saini Hebrew School and “normal” school is how I spent most of my days.  (Ok, no more fresh Prince parodies).  I would often shadow my older brother and join him on the basketball courts of the North East Philadelphia JCC.  I have a B.S from Ithaca College (NY) and a MBA from the University of Tennessee.  My wife Leslie and I met in Chicago, married in Traverse City, Michigan and moved to Round Rock in 1999.  Leslie is a Certified Medical Coder and I have worked for Dell for the past 19 years.  We have 2 kiddos, Emma (17) and Luke (15) and are proud members of Congregation Beth Israel and the J.    

What would you say to someone who is thinking about getting involved with Shalom Austin?
What are you waiting for?  It is an incredible and transformational time in the history of Shalom Austin.  We have a talented and energetic new CEO.  The Generations Campaign is in full swing and our campus is about to grow.  Our community is thriving.  Not only do we want you, we NEED you!   I would encourage anybody who wants to get involved to reach out to me. ■

 

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