Sheryl Magerer Tropin appointed Chair of 
MCCJ Board of Directors

MIAMI – June 22, 2016 – MCCJ today announced the appointment of Sheryl “Sherry” Magerer Tropin as chair of its board of directors. MCCJ was founded in 1935 as the Miami branch of the National Conference of Christians and Jews to promote creating safe havens for dialog, training inclusive leaders, and highlighting the benefits of diversity through education, advocacy, dialog and conflict resolution.

Tropin, an avid community advocate and philanthropist who has been deeply involved with the organization for several years, began her one-year term on June 2. As chair, Tropin plans to focus the efforts of the board on this year’s capital campaign which will grow the organization’s programming and events outreach, as well as increase awareness of the organization and its mission in the community.

“Although Miami is an incredibly diverse city, there is a clear need to bring together people from all walks of life to stimulate dialogues in schools, religious organizations and the community to show that despite our differences, our concerns and needs are the same,” Tropin said. “Our mission is to create these dialogues and address the issues that all of us face, together as a community.”

Tropin’s active community involvement also includes serving on the external advisory board for the University of Miami School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, assisting with raising funds for the Department and conducting outreach to combat the stigma associated with mental illness.

“We are delighted to welcome Sherry Tropin as our new chair of our board of directors, said Roberta Shevin, executive director of MCCJ. “Her dedication to our mission and to our community – all indicative of her drive towards inclusiveness in the community – makes her a perfect leader for MCCJ.”

This year’s board of directors is comprised of a cross-section of Miami community leaders, philanthropists and clergy, including:

  • Nelson Adams, M.D.
  • Alejandro Aguirre
  • Johann Ali
  • Georgina A. Angones
  • Olivia Benson
  • Donald Bierman
  • Brian Dervishi
  • Edward Gannon
  • Michael Goldner
  • Kenneth C. Hoffman
  • Sumner Hutcheson III
  • Shirlyon J. McWhorter
  • Gepsie Metellus
  • Rev. Dr. Patrick O’Neill
  • Michelle Ramirez Patricios
  • Iman Khalid Salahuddin
  • Wali Salahuddin
  • Rabbi Solomon Schiff
  • Patricia A. Thorp
  • Sheryl Magerer Tropin
  • Khurrum B. Wahid
  • Reverend Priscilla Felisky Whitehead

About MCCJ
MCCJ was founded in Miami in 1935 as the Miami Coalition of Christians & Jews.  It creates a safe haven for dialogue, trains inclusive leaders and promotes understanding for all faiths, races and cultures through education, advocacy and conflict resolution. It hosts the oldest interfaith clergy dialog in the United States and presents prejudice reducing programs in local high schools, among other activities.  For more information, please visit