New Jersey Jewish News: Handlin is a multi-tasking whiz

The new director of Monmouth University’s Jewish Cultural Studies Program said she is lucky to possess the key to successfully handling a multifaceted professional life: a passion for everything she does.

Amy Handlin

When Amy Handlin assumed her position at the West Long Branch campus in September, she had no time to sit back and enjoy the moment. The program was committed to presenting three activities during the fall semester, and only one — the film Expulsion and Memory: Descendants of the Hidden Jews — had been planned by the outgoing administration. That took care of October’s obligation, but November and December were looming.

From: New Jersey Jewish News

Handlin dealt with the tight deadlines while maintaining a full teaching schedule as an associate professor of marketing at the university, and tending to her duties as a seventh-year Republican member of the State General Assembly, representing Dist. 13, which covers parts of Monmouth County. Clearly no stranger to multitasking, she has been her party’s deputy leader in the Assembly since 2008.

She also somehow finds time for a private life, residing in Lincroft with her husband David, a physician. The couple has two children, a son, Daniel, who is finishing his studies in aerospace engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a daughter, Rebecca, now in her junior year at Harvard University; both are graduates of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Monmouth County in Marlboro.

According to Handlin, the secret to tackling many jobs simultaneously is to like what you are doing. “I am fortunate,” she told NJJN in a phone conversation. “I am passionate about all of the areas in which I am involved. Most people agree that there is always time to do the things you love.”


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