Friends In Deed, Which Operates Cold Weather Shelter, Food Pantry, Other Community Services, Welcomes New Executive Director

Published : Friday, December 2, 2016 | 12:03 PM

Rabbi Joshua Grater

Effective January 3, 2017, Rabbi Joshua Grater will become the new Friends In Deed Executive Director, following the retirement of Rev. Donna Byrns.

The Board of Directors released a statement in which it said it is excited for the future of Friends In Deed under the leadership of Rabbi Grater.

“Building on the rich foundation of over 122 years of service to the greater Pasadena area community,” the statement said,  they “look forward to continued growth and expanded services.”

As Rev. Donna considers the future, she commented, “Working with Friends In Deed has been like the cherry on top, crowning my over 30 years in the ministry. I am thrilled to be turning over the reins of a healthy agency, to a proven leader like Rabbi Joshua. Under his guidance Friends In Deed will continue to grow and expand on its commitment to helping the homeless and those affected by poverty.”

Joshua was a great leader during his 12 years of service as senior rabbi of Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center. He comes from a great place within his heart, as his actions clearly demonstrate. Well respected within the community, Friends in Deed knows he will continue to be a champion for the most vulnerable neighbors.

Excited about his new venture, Rabbi Grater shared, “I am thrilled to be joining the Friends In Deed team. As a leader passionate about social justice, especially helping the homeless and most vulnerable in our community, I am committed to meeting the challenges we face with determination, energy, and dedication. I plan to utilize the strength of our collective spiritual traditions and community resources to further our mission. Along with the wonderful board and staff, we will work together to ensure a better future for the poor, hungry and homeless men, women and children of Pasadena and the greater San Gabriel Valley.”

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