Bill Futornick has served as a clergy partner at Congregation Beth Jacob since 2002. In this role, he is a teacher and mentor to all ages, and especially to the youth of CBJ. One of his chief contributions, and joys, is to create connections and form relationships with the people of our community. To that end, Bill maintains contact with the vast majority of b’nei mitzvah students he has taught, staying in touch through college, and post-college years.
Bill works with each of our b’nei mitzvah students individually as a mentor. He oversees our teen, college, and young adult outreach programs. Bill has a love of learning, and teaches all ages, from preschool to seniors, including adult b’nei mitzvah students and alumni of our adult b’nei mitzvah classes. For him, there’s nothing better than finding new meaning in our texts and helping others connect with the tradition in meaningful ways. Bill has led several synagogue groups to Israel, and is a passionate supporter of Israel, especially of the humanitarian and research projects that CBJ supports, including Aleh Negev; the Central Arava Medical Center and AICAT; Project Leket; and the Arava Institute, to name a few.
Bill has been actively involved in the broader Jewish community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, Advisory Committee of the Peninsula Jewish Teen Foundation, and active in the American Jewish World Service.
Before coming to CBJ, Bill worked in the corporate world as an executive search consultant. He remained involved in synagogue leadership throughout, reading Torah, and serving on synagogue boards. He has a degree in history from Princeton University. Bill was born in the Bronx, raised in New Jersey, and is blessed with a wonderful family.