Meet our new Managing Director

Amalia Shifriss

Amalia with Liza (L) and Maddy (R), goat farm park, March 2021. 

Amalia grew up in Bloomington, attending Beth Shalom synagogue and hebrew school, and serving as the treasurer of  the local chapter of NFTY (National Federation of Temple Youth). She also attended Machon (the high school equivalent of hebrew school), and served as assistant teacher for Machon while in college at IU. Amalia studied Theatre and Drama, got her Jewish Studies certificate with the Borns Jewish Studies program, and had a work-study job at Hillel.

From ages 7-22 Amalia participated in many local theatre productions, with the BPP, MCCT, ISC, the Waldron and IU theatre department. She also worked at the Brown County Playhouse box office during summers in college. After college Amalia moved to Los Angeles where she worked on TV and movie sets doing mostly background work, some featured, and helped start a nonprofit theatre company called The Red Brick Road Theatre Company, in North Hollywood. With RBR, Amalia did everything from costumes, to acting, to producing and set design. After several years Amalia changed careers to work in nonprofit full-time, working with various Jewish NPOs with fundraising, communications and outreach. Amalia decided to move back to Bloomington in 2019, to bring her twin daughters to live near their only grandparents, long-time Bloomington and Beth Shalom community members and friends of JTB. She has really enjoyed re-engaging with the Bloomington community through her work, completing Leadership Bloomington in 2020, and serving on the board of JTB and Monroe County NOW. She really looks forward to taking on the role of Managing Director of JTB, as she also starts grad school to obtain her MPA in Nonprofit Management at O'Neill SPEA at IU this fall. 

Amalia will be starting on July 1st! If you have any questions or concerns, please email