Who We Are

Executive Director

Rick Gordon

Rick Gordon began as the new Director of Jewish Communities of Vermont in December 2020. Rick was founding Director of Compass School where he served for over 20 years building a program to support diverse learners in grades 7-12.

Rick graduated with a BA from Stanford University and holds an M.Ed. from the University of Minnesota and a PhD. in Social and Multicultural Foundations of Education from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Rick was Treasurer on the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community Board before moving north to Jericho, Vermont. He has 2 children: Manya and Koby, both of whom, like Rick, are active in the outdoors.

PJ Library Director

Tobie Weisman

Rabbi Tobie Weisman, MSW, is the founding director of the Yearning for Learning Center for Jewish Studies.  Through a partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Yearning for Learning Center in 2008, she founded the PJ Library in Vermont which she currently directs as a program of Jewish Communities of Vermont. Rabbi Tobie received her ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion, a trans-denominational rabbinical school in New York City. Through the Yearning for Learning Center, Rabbi Tobie offers classes and workshops in Jewish spirituality and is available for classes in Jewish studies, private tutoring and life-cycle events. She also has a healing practice where she does Spiritual Coaching and Energy Harmonizing. She lives in Montpelier with her husband David and has two daughters, Navah and Gaia.

Board of Directors

Ted Molnar, President

Jill Minkoff, Vice President

Jim Grossman, Treasurer

Judith Frangos, Immediate Past President

Amy Collins

Suzanne Brown

Julia Goldstein

Scott Hertzberg