Joint names new president


The Joint has named a new president, Dr. Irving Smokler.

Smokler, who is from Boca Raton, takes over for Judge Ellen M. Heller of Baltimore.

Here is the release:


NEW YORK, NY, DECEMBER 8, 2008—Dr. Irving Smokler of Boca Raton, Florida, has been elected as 15th President of JDC, a 94-year-old overseas humanitarian aid organization. Smokler, an active board member since 1991, has held several principal roles at JDC, including Treasurer of JDC, Chair, Budget & Finance Committee, Chair of the Board of the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute, and a member of JDC’s Executive Committee. He will succeed Judge Ellen M. Heller, of Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Smokler was confirmed at JDC’s recent Board Meeting, attended by over 120 Directors from the Jewish philanthropic community from the U.S. and abroad.

“As we face the humanitarian and financial issues that lie ahead, Dr. Smokler’s experience and understanding of Jewish needs worldwide and JDC’s mission to provide rescue, relief, renewal, and support Israel will prove invaluable. We look forward to working with him as our 15th President” said Steve Schwager, JDC’s Chief Executive Officer.

Dr. Smokler is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, where he received an A.B. and of the University of Michigan, where he earned his Ph.D in Philosophy and a PH.D in Clinical Psychology. He has taught at the University of Michigan, where he also worked as the Dean of Students in the medical school and maintained a private psychotherapy practice. Currently a real estate investor and philanthropist, Dr. Smokler is the founder and president of the Nephcure Foundation, which supports research and advocacy for glomerular (kidney) disease.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve in this critical role as JDC’s president. Together, with the Board of Directors and JDC’s professional staff, we have accepted  the obligation to do whatever we can, in whatever manner we can—but not for JDC. This obligation is to our clients—the needy and vulnerable Jews of the world.” said Dr. Smokler.

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