Robert French


Born in London, England, Robert graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in Business Administration and subsequently moved to the United States. Raised modern Orthodox, he spent nearly 20 years working in progressive Judaism at Stephen Wise Temple in Los Angeles, CA, where he began as an educator, then created and ran many successful programs, and left having attained the position of Associate Executive Director during his his last 6 years.


Recruited to New York as the Executive Director of Temple Israel of the City of New York, NY, Robert spent 10 years helping to reinvigorate and restructure this hidden gem, building infrastructure, creating programs, raising funds and helping to launch its capital campaign. Robert served on the Board and Executive Committee of NATA (National Association for Temple Administration) and founded and led MetroASE (Metropolitan Association of Synagogue Executives),  a non-denominational professional development group in New York City. As a result of his leadership, he was invited to serve on the Jewish Federation of New York City’s Synergy Council. 


An ardent supporter of Israel, Robert co-chaired StandWithUs’ (SWU) Northeast Region’s Board from 2009-2018 and was its co-honoree at its first annual gala dinner. He currently serves on the Board of Nirim USA. Robert brings a wealth of experience to his role and enjoys networking, meeting people, creating community and is passionate about Jewish peoplehood and Israel.


Robert can be reached at or by phone at (915) 842-9554.