Our Staff

Jeff Stern


Jeff joined the Wise Temple staff in 2022 as the Director of Communications and Member Engagement after years serving as a cantorial soloist for Shabbat, b’nai mitzvah, and festival services in the community. Now the congregation’s Executive Director, Jeff is passionate about Wise Temple’s members, staff, and mission.

Jeff has with an extensive background in non-profit leadership, ranging from the performing arts to social services to education. Prior to joining the team at Wise, Jeff served as the Chief Engagement Officer for the National Runaway Safeline, leading the organization’s communications and fundraising efforts. In Cincinnati, Jeff has taught at St. Xavier High School and worked as the Director of Development & Communications at Crayons to Computers. He also continues to apply his musical background, performing in choral ensembles across the city.

A native New Yorker, Jeff holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Miami (FL), a Master of Music from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Music from The George Washington University. Jeff lives in Hyde Park with his wife, Gwynedd Davis, two daughters, Clara and Eliza, and the family dog, Stanley.