Whether it’s giving back or building lifelong relationships within the community, David Snyder’s legacy will positively impact the Cherry Hill community and beyond, according to some of the individuals who know him well.
The legacy that lingers after we are gone changes the world not only today but for future generations. Whether it’s giving back or building lifelong relationships within the community, David Snyder’s legacy will positively impact the Cherry Hill community and beyond, according to some of the individuals who know him well.
On Jan. 23, Cherry Hill Council honored Snyder and his years of experience giving back to the community as the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey where he worked to improve social outreach and community outreach within and outside of the Jewish community. Snyder has also served on the board of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey and the Federation Planning Committee, in addition to being an active member of Congregation M’kor Shalom, the Cherry Hill Township Zoning Board and more.
“It’s a privilege help serve the community,’’ Snyder said. He explained that it is humbling to be able to be recognized by the community, but a privilege to be able to focus on the issues most important to him, some of which include interfaith relations and improving the lives of citizens and creating diversity within the community.
Snyder moved on from his position of executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey, where he served for eight years, combining his love and passion for sports, Judaism and Israel to his new position as executive director of Maccabi USA.
“David’s sense of community extended well beyond the walls of the JCC,” Council President David Fleisher said. “He understood how important it is to bring people from diverse backgrounds together. He cares deeply about people, and it showed.”
Snyder’s work ethic and charisma have helped build relationships within the community. Jon Korn, former president from 2013 to 2014, who worked with Snyder on a daily basis at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey, commented on Snyder’s captivating way of engaging people and creating friendships.
“He has the ability to build relationships with anyone and everyone. He remarkably has the ability to meet anyone and turn it into a long-standing relationship,’’ Korn said.
Korn said Snyder’s ability to bring in the community on all issues, including contentious ones, was exceptional due to his capability to make people feel heard and comfortable expressing their opinions.
Marcia Baruch, president of the Jewish Community Relations Council as well as an old colleague and friend of eight years, spoke about his work ethic in the community.
“David is extremely passionate about his causes, specifically Israel, interfaith relations, government activities and involvement in policies,” Baruch said.
She commented on his excellent relationship with the police in Cherry Hill and surrounding communities, saying how he would work from early in the morning to late at night, attending community events and networking. In addition to being involved with his community, he is heavily invested in the relationship he has with his wife, Allison, and his three sons, Ben, Josh, and Sam.
“He’s a family man and involved with his sons, he is always taking his sons to their soccer games,” Baruch said.
Although Snyder’s legacy is still being made, one thing is for certain, he’s left his mark on his community.