NEW YORK (JTA) – The director general of the Jewish Agency will step down to take a position with Israel’s Education Ministry.
Moshe Vigdor, who has served as the agency’s second in command for the past five years, is leaving the quasi-governmental organization to become the director-general of Israel’s Council for Higher Education. He informed the agency’s board of governors of his decision Thursday.
His resignation will become official in February 2010, after the agency’s board of governors meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia.
"Over the past five years I have served the Jewish Agency as its director-general with great devotion, loyalty and commitment to its mission and goals under two chairmen of the Board of Governors and three chairmen of the Executive. During this time, the Jewish Agency underwent changes and significant reforms in its management and goals," he wrote in his resignation letter. "Together with the Jewish Agency senior management and staff, we have completed the implementation of the Strategic Plan that had been approved by the Board of Governors. This plan has defined new goals and required structural changes and the adoption of revised working methods."