AJC Atlanta Names Dov Wilker Executive Director
American Jewish Committee’s Atlanta chapter welcomed its new executive director, Dov Wilker, in mid-November. It was actually a welcome back. Wilker was the group’s assistant director from March 2007 to October 2009.
Wilker left AJC and Atlanta to make aliyah to Israel with his wife. “It was not our intention to come back to Atlanta. Our intention was to live in Israel,” Wilker said. Then, he added, “I heard about the [AJC] opening. Julie and I both feel this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
AJC lay leaders are happy Wilker made the decision to return.
Sheri Labovitz, an attorney and past AJC Atlanta chapter president, served as interim director for six months following the departure of former director Judy Marx. “He’s a known quantity,” Labovitz said of Wilker. “We’ve been the beneficiary of his intelligence, diligence, energy and out-of-the-box thinking” [in his previous role as associate director]. “He brings an infectious enthusiasm that comes with his youth.”
Wilker is 29, but his age belies his experience. A native of New Jersey, Wilker grew up in a household with a strong Jewish identity. He attended Jewish day school and was active in Young Judaea, a Zionist youth group with an emphasis on peer leadership. After graduating from the University of Miami, he was a Young Judaea Year Course in Israel field supervisor and group leader. From June 2005 to March 2007 he was regional director of academic and community affairs for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the office of the Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast in Atlanta.
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Dov grew up in Young Judaea in the 90's, attended Sprout Lake, Tel Yehudah, served on NJ Regional Mazkirut, National Mazkirut, attended Year Course 00-01, and was a long time TY staff member. He is married to Julie Jacobson, another long-time Judaean and TYnik.