Jewish Federation of Cleveland Announces Leadership Transition Plan

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Steve Hoffman to Retire as President on December 31, 2018

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland today announced that its president, Stephen H. Hoffman, intends to retire from this position on December 31, 2018. Hoffman (67) has served in this capacity since 1983. A search committee of the Board of Trustees, along with the assistance of executive search professionals, will oversee the process by which Hoffman’s successor is named.

“Steve’s impact on the Jewish community in Cleveland, Israel, and around the world cannot be overstated,” said Board Chair Gary L. Gross. “During his tenure, he elevated every single facet of our work to enable us to anticipate the ever-changing needs of our community here and abroad through his deep commitment and compassion.

“As impressive as these achievements are, I think Steve’s true legacy will be that he taught us all the true meaning of community and the endless power of tzedakah,” Gross continued. “Thanks to his superb leadership, we are blessed to move into this next chapter of our organization’s storied history with an impeccable reputation, a clear vision for the future, and the strong financial footing to support our integrated and inclusive growth plan.”

“It has been my distinct honor to have served the Jewish community in this role for close to 35 years,” said Hoffman. “My decision to retire at the end of the year comes after careful consideration. I’m proud to have played a part in strengthening the meaningful impact the Jewish Federation of Cleveland has had both here and abroad over the years. I have treasured the professional-volunteer relationship over these many decades, which I believe is the ‘secret sauce’ to Cleveland’s success as a Jewish community. I look forward to working closely with Gary and the team as we usher in this new era of leadership.”

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