More will follow...and soon did. Here was Richard Sandler's letter to his leadership:"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..."
"One of my primary responsibilities as the board chair of JFNA is to work very closely with our CEO, Jerry Silverman. As you may be aware, Jerry has now completed 3 ½ years of his current contract with JFNA. After much discussion with his family, Jerry recently shared with me that he has decided not to seek a renewal contract. He will fully complete his agreement, which ends September 7, 2019.As we know, the position of JFNA CEO is one of the most demanding in Jewish communal life, and Jerry will have completed 10 years in the role, making him the longest serving CEO of our national system since merger. I appreciate and respect Jerry’s decision. It is certainly a privilege for me to work closely with and learn from such a knowledgeable and committed leader.We are currently in our nominations process for the next team of JFNA officers, which will be formally elected at the GA in October. Once the Nominating Committee has completed its work, I will begin discussing the search process with the board chair nominee. We will, of course, follow the customary procedures for a national search for a position of this scope and complexity.We are very appreciative of the tremendous impact Jerry has had, and will continue to have."