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Federation Press Release on Ira Schwartz
Here's the press release in full from the Federation:
IRA SCHWARTZ STEPS DOWN AS CEO OF JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER PHILADELPHIA
PHILADELPHIA (May 3, 2013) – CEO Ira Schwartz and the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia (JFGP) today announced Schwartz is stepping down as CEO. Schwartz has served as CEO of the Federation since July 1, 2006.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank Ira for his seven years at the helm of the Federation,” said JFGP President Sherrie Savett. “We are grateful for his dedicated service and I wish Ira and his family nothing but the best.”
“I am extremely proud of the many things we have achieved together over these last seven years,” said Schwartz. “It has been an honor and privilege to lead Philadelphia’s Federation and I am thankful for having had the opportunity.”
Savett and Schwartz said that JFGP can point to many achievements since 2006, including:
$13.5 million raised for an Israel Emergency Campaign in response to Israel's war with Lebanon
Expanded Jewish identity programming to young children and families, and the development of future Jewish leaders by increasing trips to Israel through Birthright Israel and Israel 360
More than $2 million raised to launch an innovative initiative designed to eliminate hunger within Philadelphia’s Jewish community
Re-structured and streamlined the JFGP's operations
Oversaw the purchase of a new campus in Bryn Mawr and secured a major
naming gift for the campus
The most successful fundraising and development results in recent years.
Savett said a search committee is now being formed to find Schwartz’s successor. The
JFGP has named COO Alex Stroker as interim CEO until a successor is in place.
The mission of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is to mobilize financial and volunteer resources to address the community's most critical priorities in Philadelphia, Israel and overseas.