USCJ Appoints Senior Director, Teen Engagement

USCJ Appoints Senior Director, Teen Engagement

Posted on May 23, 2018

New York, NY, May 23, 2018 – USCJ announced today the appointment of Dana Kanter Prottas as Senior Director, Teen Engagement.   Dana, who will report to USCJ Chief Innovation and Implementation Officer Leslie Lichter, begins in her new position on June 18, 2018.

“Dana brings a breadth of qualifications, with both management experience and visionary acumen, to the role.  She is a former USYer who is passionate in her belief about what USY can achieve,” said Ms. Lichter.  “We are so excited to welcome her to the organization.”

As Senior Director, Teen Engagement, Ms. Prottas will be responsible for leading USCJ’s international youth division and spearheading the growth of USY and Nativ, the organization’s college preparatory program.

Prior to joining USCJ, Ms. Prottas served as Executive Director at Yachad, the Jewish Education Program for Teens in Minneapolis. Previously, she was the director of the religious school at Mount Zion Temple in St. Paul and taught at – and served as Program Director – at the Talmud Torah of St. Paul.

Ms. Prottas has received several awards and honors, including being selected into the national cohort of the Upstart Accelerator program and winning the Yad B’Yad Curriculum Award for an innovative Israel curriculum. Ms. Prottas received full funding for her most recent degree through the Jim Joseph Foundation Education Initiative Support for educational leaders.

She holds three master degrees, including a Master of Arts in Jewish Educational Leadership and Administration from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and a Master of Education from the University of Minnesota. She also holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from the Jewish Theological Seminary, in conjunction with Columbia University.

Ms. Prottas also works within a variety of Jewish and secular settings as a certified Responsive Classroom coach, in addition to consulting for institutions nationally writing curriculum and providing educational insight.  

About USCJ
Founded in 1913, USCJ is the network of nearly 600 Conservative Jewish communities across North America. We represent the values and beliefs of an authentic and dynamic Judaism in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Israel.  Our work strengthens kehillot (Jewish communities inside and outside the walls of a synagogue) by providing visionary leadership training, creating opportunities for Jews of all ages to learn and grow, sharing essential resources, and seeding innovative ideas. Learn more at