Jewish Agency CFO resigns

Yaron Neudorfer, the chief financial officer of the Jewish Agency for Israel, has resigned.

The resignation comes amid a time of change at the Jewish Agency, including the planned end of its automatic funding by the Jewish Federations of North America. Until now, the Jewish Agency automatically had received 75 percent of the Jewish Federations’ overseas budget.

Over the last two or three years, the Jewish Agency also has reorganized departments, cut staff and reshuffled its priorities away from immigration to Israel, which it still handles, and toward Zionist education in the diaspora.

A spokesman for the Jewish Agency, Joshua Berkman,  said that Natan Sharansky, the agency’s chairman, asked Neudorfer to stay on but that Neudorfer had declined.

“He saw us through a period of financial transition and he’ll be missed,” Berkman said. “He feels it’s time to move on and explore other opportunities.” — jta