In His Own Words: Steve Goldman, President of Federation’s Board of Directors

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Dear Friends,

I wanted to connect with you about some recent news regarding Federation and Foundation. First, thank you for being one of our supporters. Your commitment allows us to continue to support the needs in the East Bay community.

The first piece of news is that there is a possibility of a consolidation with the San Francisco Jewish Federation. This has already appeared in the J. online and will appear this week in the printed edition. This is a proposed consolidation, based on the recommendation of a special committee that was looking at the future of our East Bay organizations. The consolidation has been proposed to San Francisco, but San Francisco is in the midst of a strategic planning process. Discussions with them cannot continue until their planning process concludes.

We are continuing and expanding our cooperative efforts with the San Francisco Federation in many important areas, including the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Initiative, ongoing community conversations and the sharing of data analysis of A Portrait of Bay Area Jewish Life and Communities, the North Bay Wildfire Emergency Fund and Task Force, and more.

In the meantime, the East Bay Jewish community needs your support, and we are continuing to do our work uninterrupted.

The second piece of news is that our CEO, Rabbi James Brandt has resigned. To ensure that Federation has no interruption in senior management, Rabbi Andrew Kastner, our Director of Community Impact, has stepped into his new role as Interim Executive Director of Federation. Lisa Tabak, the Executive Director of Foundation, will continue to manage Foundation; she is now our most senior professional.

I want to reiterate that our work at Federation and Foundation continues uninterrupted. Last week, Sprout had a “Parents Night Out” at Jewish Studio Project’s Open Studio Hours. This week, we are running a High Holiday security and safety training for synagogues and other agencies. We are continuing to help organizational partners in the East Bay and overseas, and we’re so grateful you are helping us do this work.

Please, don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. Thank you again for your support.


Steve Goldman,
Federation President

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