Layoffs at San Francisco Jewish federation


NEW YORK (JTA) — Facing significant budget cuts, a San Francisco-area Jewish Federation will lay off 33 staff members, according to the federation’s CEO.

The Jewish Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma — and the Jewish Communal Fund attached to the federation — will make the layoffs as part of "across-the-board" cuts, Jennifer Gorovitz announced in an e-mail to the federation’s beneficiary agencies. The e-mail from Gorovitz, who took over as CEO last year, said the federation was making the cuts following allocation cuts to its beneficiaries.

“Change of any sort is painful, and never more so than when its impact is on those who have dedicated themselves to sustaining Jewish life," Gorovitz wrote. "But we believe that these steps are necessary and unavoidable in order to position the organization to meet the inevitable ongoing challenges in the economy, our local community and the world of philanthropy. We see a collective opportunity to rethink how all of our community’s Jewish agencies work together to better deliver services and engage our community.”

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