Former SF Federation head becomes NIF chief

Rabbi Brian Lurie, former CEO of the San Francisco Federation, has become president of the New Israel Fund.

Lurie succeeds Naomi Chazan as head of the nonprofit that funds liberal Israeli groups and seeks to advance civil society in Israel, according to Haaretz. Chazan, a former left-wing member and deputy speaker of the Knesset, faced controversy during her four years leading the NIF, including a 2010 campaign that targeted her personally from Im Tirtzu, a right-wing Israeli nonprofit.

Lurie, who formerly served as NIF’s vice president of North America, was named to the position last year and will hold it for three years, according to San Francisco’s Jweekly. He served as CEO of San Francisco’s Jewish Community Federation for 17 years.

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