Born and raised in Trumbull, Connecticut, Mark Block is a third generation member of Congregation Rodeph Sholom. Mark was a longtime member of the Board of Trustees and studied under Rabbis Sanford Hahn and Israel C. Stein, and noted Cantors David J. Leon and Y’shaya Grama. He became a Bar Mitzvah, married his wife, Ann, and celebrated the baby naming and Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Emily, at Rodeph Sholom.
Mark is a Fellow in Synagogue Administration (FSA), certified by the National Association of Synagogue Executives, and serves on NAASE’s Board of Governors, International Conference Planning Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee. He is also a certified fundraising professional.
Mark received dual degrees from Western Connecticut State University and his MBA from Sacred Heart University. He was elected to serve as President of the student bodies undergraduate / graduate at both universities and was an active board member and officer of many Eastern Fairfield County Jewish organizations over the past 25 plus years; including UJA/Federation, Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Service, and Rodeph Sholom. Mark remains the youngest recipient of the Jewish community’s A.O. Samuels Young Leadership Award, and was recognized as Rodeph Sholom's Shem Tov honoree. He currently serves as an elected Councilman for the Town of Trumbull’s Third District.
Following a 20+ year Fortune 100 corporate business career in Marketing Communications he transitioned into the role of executive director. Mark’s late grandfather Samuel Waldman served as Gabbai of Rodeph Sholom until his death, and his great-grandfather Louis Waldman also prayed at Rodeph Sholom, as have his parents who are members, Claire and Stanley Block.
Mark brings to the Executive Director’s position a driving philosophy to guide his service: to ensure Rodeph Sholom does all it can to be inclusive while enfranchising members in all matters to ensure all Rodeph Sholom congregants are treated fairly and with respect.
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