A welcome back for me… and some comings and goings for others


Welcome back from Shavuot everyone. If you ask me, the occasional four-day weekend that the Jewish holidays sometimes provide the employees of Jewish non-profits is proof that God is indeed a philanthropist.

I got back from Israel Sunday morning and still have more to write about my trip, and will do so over the next couple of days.

For now, to ease us back into my return to the Diaspora, here are a few comings and goings in the Jewish non-profit world:

  • Gidi Mark will replace Shimshon Shoshani as the CEO of Taglit-Birthright Israel, effective Sept. 1, the organization announced June 6.
  • Delegates at the General Assembly of World ORT in Warsaw unanimously elected a new president the first week in June. London-based scientist and businessman Dr Jean de Gunzburg will succeed Sir Maurice Hatter, who served a four-year term as president. Gunzburg is a descendant of World ORT co-founder Baron Horace de Gunzbourg.
  • Becky Paley Voorwinde has been named the inaugural Director of Alumni Engagement for the Samuel Bronfman Foundation’s Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel. Voorwinde, who most recently served as Corporate Responsibility Project Manager at Ernst & Young, L.L.P., is a 1997 alum of the 21-year-old program.
  • Glenn S. Easton was elected President of the Jewish Communal Service Association (JCSA) of North America, which was founded in 1889 as the umbrella association that brings together nearly 10,000 Jewish communal professionals and over nearly 400 organizations involved in the field of Jewish communal service throughout North America.
  • The San Francisco-based Rosenberg Foundation, which gave out $2.7 million in grants last year, is looking for a new president, according to the Foundation Center.

Remember, if your organization or one that you know of has any hirings, firings, staff openings or any other personnel moves to announce (or that the higher-ups are not yet ready to announce), let the Fundermentalist know at jberkman@jta.org.

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