Location: United States
Lenny Silberman has spent his professional life working to integrate sports, summer camp and Judaism.
In 1994, following 16 years with the Pittsburgh Jewish Community Centers, Silberman joined the New York staff of the Jewish Community Centers Association of North America (JCC Association) where, for 14 years, he was continental director of the JCC Maccabi Games. The program included more than 6,000 Jewish teenagers 13-16, who participated each summer in five host communities. As vice-president of program services, Lenny also supervised the JCC Association camping, athletic and teen consultants, and JCC Maccabi Israel programs.
Silberman was Athletic Director and Director of Emma Kaufmann Camp, the residential Camp of the Pittsburgh JCC; and, in 2008, named CEO of the Henry Kaufmann Camps and Grounds, an organization that welcomes 16 independent New York JCC/YM-YWHA Day Camps to its three facilities. HKC is the largest Day Camp Organization in the world, with 5,000 campers and staff on a daily basis.
He also sits or sat on the boards of the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled (Ramat Gan), URJ's 6-Points Sports/Camp, and Maccabi USA Sports For Israel. For fourteen years he represented the JCC Association on the U.S. Olympic Committee, and, for two years, was Israel Conference chairman of the North American Alliance of Jewish Youth.
Lenny Silberman was honored with the prestigious Hershey's STRIVE Award 2005, as the United States Youth Sports/Administrator of the Year; been honored by the Western Pennsylvania Jewish Sports Hall of Fame; and elected to the Staten Island Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.