A longtime B'nai B'rith official has been appointed executive director of the Jewish Federation of Howard County, which serves as an umbrella group for Jewish organizations in the county.
Neil C. Rosen, who was selected from several candidates, started work July 1. He will work part time for the federation. His predecessor, Steve Shaw, was full time. The federation's president, Jacques Fein, said the change was a cost-cutting measure.
For the last five years, Mr. Rosen was national director of field services for B'nai B'rith in Washington. Before that, he worked for the organization in Atlanta and Florida.
Mr. Rosen takes charge of an organization that deals with one of the county's fastest-growing populations, which numbers about 10,000. To acknowledge the community's growth, the federation sponsored Howard County's first Jewish Festival in May with ethnic foods, art, entertainment and children's activities.
Mr. Fein said he hopes Mr. Rosen will make the organization more visible in Howard County.
"What we're looking to do, obviously, is to provide more services in both the Jewish and secular communities," Mr. Rosen said. "We're looking to expand our donor base -- the number of people who contribute and participate in the organization."
The group coordinates educational, religious, fund-raising and counseling services to Howard's Jewish residents. Mr. Fein said Mr. Rosen's background in volunteer development, membership, fund-raising and program coordination will make him a good director.
Mr. Rosen, 61, lives with his wife, Harriet, in Columbia. They have three daughters.
Born in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., near Philadelphia, Mr. Rosen earned his bachelor's degree in education from Temple University in 1959. He then taught history and physical education to middle-schoolers for 11 years.
In 1972, he became regional director of B'nai B'rith for Florida. He held that position for seven years. After his service in Florida, Mr. Rosen was transferred to Atlanta as the director of District 5, which included Southeastern states from Maryland to Florida. He stayed there nine years.