Forward: Philly Federation Faces Crisis as Schwartz Abruptly Leaves

The Forward’s Josh Nathan-Kazis broke an important story on the abrupt resignation of Ira Schwartz, the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

Continuity Elusive at Top of Nation’s No. 6 Community
Ira Schwartz, departed abruptly in early May, marking the fourth time the federation has lost its top professional leader since the early 1990s. That’s unusual among big-city federations, where successful executives often last decades….

Philadelphia’s federation announced Schwartz’s departure late on May 3, a Friday afternoon. A statement and story published in the federation-owned Jewish Exponent disclosed no details about why Schwartz was leaving, saying only that the separation was effective immediately.


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