Silverman Not to Seek Contract Renewal

A Memo from Jerry Silverman to the JFNA Staff:

Dear Colleagues,

I want to share some news with you. As you may be aware, I have worked for JFNA for more than 8 years. My current contract ends September 7, 2019, and as is appropriate, our Board Chair Richard Sandler, asked me recently what my plans are going forward. After much discussion with my family, I have decided not to seek a renewal of my contract.

I have been blessed with a world class team at JFNA. I feel privileged to work with you each and every day. Serving the Jewish People has been an honor. Although we have dealt with major domestic disasters, wars in Israel, and changes across Federations, I believe that – together – we will continue to make a difference in the lives of others across the globe.

We are announcing this decision now in order to allow JFNA the time necessary to plan for and conduct a proper, high level search. JFNA is a complex national organization with so many stakeholders and constituent members. A CEO search could take more than a year.

I wholeheartedly plan to continue at my usual pace until September 2019. My decision is bittersweet. However, as I have always stated, family comes first.

We will have an opportunity for our staff to gather later today so that I can share some more thoughts with you personally and answer any questions you may have.