Stanley A. Rabin, the distinguished business and philanthropic leader from Dallas, Texas, has been elected the 17th President of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. Rabin — a past Chairman of the Board of Commercial Metals Company where he served as CEO for 28 years — has been a member of the JDC Board of Directors since 2007, serving most recently as the organization’s Treasurer.
‘I’m truly honored to serve as JDC’s President and ensure this storied organization can fulfill today its historic mission to save lives and build a strong Jewish future. Together, we will continue to confront and overcome the daunting challenges facing the Jewish people and Israel and create innovative opportunities that foster confident, resilient Jewish communities and leaders eager to put into action the ideal that we are all responsible for one another,’ said Rabin.
Along with his work at JDC, Rabin is Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and serves on the boards of the United Way Foundation of Metropolitan Dallas, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Temple Emanu-el of Dallas, the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation, and the Dallas Holocaust Museum. He served on the Board of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and the Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee. He is a past President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, Temple Emanu-el, and the Jewish Family Service. He and his wife, Barbara, have two children and five grandchildren.
‘JDC’s ability to carry out its critical work over the last 101 years has been grounded in its visionary leadership — we are therefore extraordinarily proud that Stan Rabin will be carrying forward that legacy as our new President. His passionate dedication for JDC’s work, the Jewish people, and Israel, will help guide our endeavors and bring hope to a world where it is sorely lacking,’ said JDC CEO Alan H. Gill.
Rabin, a first generation American born to parents who fled pogroms in Eastern Europe, feels a deep connection to JDC’s Jewish humanitarian aid program in 70 countries around the world: ‘As time passed and the older I got, I began to connect deeply to this idea of a global Jewish people and being collectively responsible for Jews around the world,’ Rabin said.