PIEDMONT -- Amiee Kushner has been chosen as Kehilla Community Synagogue's new executive director after a lengthy search.
Kushner replaces Sandy Brett, who officially left her position in July 2013 for health reasons. Kaia Burkett has been serving as interim director since August 2012 while Brett has dealt with her health problems.
Finding Kushner was "a very inclusive process," Burkett said.
It involved Kehilla board members, the synagogue's spiritual leaders, the Spiritual Life Practices Committee and staff.
"There were many good candidates," Burkett said. "However, Amiee really stood out, and we are thrilled to be able to bring her on board."
The congregation is invited to meet Amiee at Chai Shabbat on Saturday at the synagogue at 1300 Grand Ave. in Piedmont. She will begin her post Monday.
Kushner became the prime candidate "because of her past employment, skills and qualifications for what Kehilla needs. She has a strong financial background," Burkett said.
Kushner most recently worked as the chief financial officer and director of administration at Norton LLC. Before that, she was the director of finance and operations at Berkeley Hillel. She is an avid volunteer as well, working with the Jewish Federation of San Francisco Young Adult Division and The Kitchen, an independent community synagogue in San Francisco.
Kushner told Kehilla the position was her dream job, that she was anxious to return to work in the Jewish community. Kehilla is a progressive and diverse Jewish community, committed to nurturing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning community; young adults; interfaith families; and individuals. Kehilla also does much work around Israeli/Palestinian issues and social causes.
Burkett said her stay would be open-ended "to make sure (Kushner) has what she needs in terms of a foundation."