Jennifer Gorovitz has stepped down as head of San Francisco’s Jewish Community Federation.
Gorovitz will leave her post as CEO at the end of March, resigning from one of the nation’s largest Jewish federations. She was the first woman to ever front a leading American Jewish federation.
Gorovitz penned a letter last Friday, citing a decade of “phenomenal” years with the organization, and saying she was resigning “to pursue a more private life with my family and to my first passion and previous career as an attorney.”
The lawyer took on the post in 2010, after serving as acting head for a year. Prior to that, she worked as chief of staff and director of funds and foundations for the group. Shortly after being named CEO, she was listed as one of the most influential Jews in America on Forward’s annual ranking.
Gorovitz also famously navigated the federation through blowback from a decision to set criteria for funding of programs in Israel.
The scandal came up when the San Francisco Film Festival, which the federation helped fund, screened a movie about Rachel Corrie, a US activist killed by an Israeli bulldozer while protesting in Palestine.