BBYO hires director for new regional post in Berkeley

Rabbi Zac Johnson has been hired to be one of three regional directors of a new BBYO program for Jewish enrichment funded by the S.F.-based Jim Joseph Foundation.

Rabbi Zac Johnson

Johnson, 30, has been named the Director of Jewish Enrichment for BBYO’s Western regions, and he will be based in Berkeley when he assumes his post next month.

The positions were created by BBYO thanks to a three-year, $1.9 million grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation. Johnson and the other two regional directors — Northeast and Mid-west — will work with teens, parents and BBYO staff to create Jewish informal learning opportunities.

A graduate of U.C. Berkeley and Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union, Johnson has worked with the Cambridge Minyan in Massachusetts, the Mission Minyan in San Francisco, Midrasha in Berkeley, Gann Academy in Boston and Camp Ramah Darom in Georgia.

Founded 87 years ago, BBYO is a pluralistic, nondenominational, teen-led organization that offers Jewish youth opportunities for socializing, Israel travel, volunteerism and leadership.