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L.A. Federation exec stepping down

The president of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, John Fishel, is stepping down.

Here’s his letter to the staff:

Subject: An important announcement for Agency executives 

Dear Colleagues

This morning at a meeting of the Jewish Federation Board I announced my intention to relinquish my role as President and CEO at the Jewish Federation until December 31, 2009.

At that time I will continue as a consultant assisting the new President/CEO and the Chairman of the Federation Board through the transition. It has been my pleasure to work together  with you over the past almost 17 years. We have a great community and exemplary service organizations affiliated to the JFC.

Although from time to time we disagree over communal policy or priorities, I know each of us has operated in the best interest of the community.

Since I will continue in my present role for the next eleven months I am sure we will have the opportunity to discuss many of the pressing issues facing us in a challenging year.

John Fishel