‘I love taking something and growing it,’ Bowles tells OTMJ

Brooke Bowles recently sat down with Anne Ruisi from Over the Mountain Journal to discuss her recent appointment as executive director at The J:

You could say it was serendipity that led Brooke Bowles to the Levite Jewish Community Center.

In November 2021, Bowles was the volunteer director of Full Circle, a nonprofit boutique with secondhand women’s clothing housed at the LJCC. 

She was spending a lot of weekends at the boutique and one weekend got to spend some time with the then-executive director of LJCC and two board members. A week later, they offered her a job as director of marketing and fund development, even though she wasn’t looking for a job. She took it.

That decision culminated with Bowles last month being named the center’s executive director.

“A lot of what attracts me to the Jewish Community Center is I see so much potential here,” Bowles said.

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“About 6,000 Jews live in the Birmingham metro area, the largest concentration in the state,” writes Anne Ruisi in her profile of LJCC Executive Director Brooke Bowles (above). “Seventy percent of LJCC members are not Jewish. Yet Jewish values are at the heart of the center, such as one that translates as ‘healing the world,’ or “’repairing the world.’ The LJCC is interested in partnerships that help the center accomplish that.”