NEW YORK (Mar. 3)
The president and chief professional officer of the United Jewish Appeal, Stanley Horowitz, has resigned from his position, effective July 1.
Horowitz’s “request to be relieved of day-to-day executive responsibilities at UJA,” rumored for some time, was confirmed in a memorandum sent to national UJA leaders Thursday by Morton Kornreich, chairman of the UJA board of trustees, and Marvin Lender, its national chairman.
Horowitz, who has worked as a professional in UJA and the federation movement for the last three decades, has been at the helm of UJA for the last seven years. As such, he has presided over a national campaign to raise hundreds of millions of dollars annually for Israel and other overseas Jewish needs.
Under his leadership, UJA last year raised what Kornreich and Lender called in their memo a “record-shattering $1.2 billion dollars” in UJA pledges and $500 million in cash collections.
The memo said UJA leaders were “surprised” several months ago when Horowitz “initiated the discussions” leading to his resignation.
According to the memo, Horowitz “wants to turn his attention to writing, teaching, foundations and other activities.” He will become a consultant to UJA after July 1.
The members of a search committee for the next president are to be announced at a UJA board of trustees meeting later this week.