Hochberg named PAJC director
The Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee has hired Karen Hochberg to be its next executive director. She succeeds Deborah Fidel who stepped down earlier this year to become Temple Sinai’s executive director.
“I am so excited about my new job,” Hochberg, who starts work Tuesday, Oct. 15, wrote in a Facebook post. “I am humbled and thankful that I will get to work in the strong and supportive Pittsburgh Jewish community.”
Hochberg, who has a master’s degree in nonprofit studies from Carlow University and a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., is no stranger to public life.
She was chief of staff to former Allegheny County Commissioner Mike Dawida from 1996 to 2000. During that time, she led a task force to develop a cost savings plan to convert the old Allegheny County Jail into a new Juvenile and Family Court facility. She also served as the commissioner’s spokesperson, directed a 10-member staff and acted as a key liaison to other county managers.
More recently, Hochberg was the strategic marketing manager and marketing and public relations director at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). While there, she also wrote a monthly column for nurses.
An active volunteer, Hochberg is immediate past president of Riverview Towers and past secretary of the board of the Agency for Jewish Learning.
An independent affiliate of AJC (American Jewish Committee), the PAJC’s mission is to “seek a pluralistic society wherein the rights and dignity of the Jewish people as well as all other religious, cultural, and racial groups are respected and secure,” according to its website.