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Vibrant new leadership joins The J

Following the challenges brought on by COVID-19, the Levite Jewish Community Center (LJCC) has hired seasoned nonprofit leaders Aimee Johnson and Brooke Bowles to move the organization forward. 

Johnson was recently named permanent executive director after having served as the interim executive director since February. She brings 25 years of nonprofit management experience in the Birmingham area, most recently as the executive director of the Alabama Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Bowles joined the LJCC in the new role of director of marketing and fund development at the beginning of November. She began her nonprofit career in 1996, when she founded Triumph Services, an organization that serves adults with developmental disabilities, and consulted with organizations around Alabama.

Responding to current challenges
“COVID-19 certainly brought challenges to the LJCC, just like other community centers around the country,” says Jesse Unkenholz, LJCC board president. “But I am proud of the way we have responded — by opening our doors to the families of emergency personnel, hosting monthly blood drives, and partnering with organizations to provide 6,000 pounds of food each month to families in need. 

“Now more than ever, the LJCC’s commitments to community and diversity are needed in Birmingham,” he says. “I am thrilled to have Aimee and Brooke to provide the leadership to build on this momentum and continue moving the organization forward.”

Founded in 1906, the Levite Jewish Community Center prides itself on being a welcoming facility to people of all faiths, ages, genders, sexual identities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Under the tagline “Community is Our Middle Name,” the LJCC strives to create, serve, and enhance the community. 

Read the Birmingham Business Journal story about Johnson and Bowles (paywall protected)…