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 Leadership Briefing 
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National Young Leadership Names New Chairs Designate for 2013-2014
February 25, 2013

National Young Leadership of The Jewish Federations of North America has selected Devra Jaffe-Berkowitz, of Stamford, Conn., and Darren Lederfine, of Minneapolis, as chairs designate for 2013-2014. They will assume their new roles in June and become the NYL co-chairs in June 2014.

The announcement was the culmination of an in-depth selection process by members of NYL’s Cabinet under the leadership of Elyse Lackie and Keith Greenwald, the current co-chairs.

NYL is central to the Jewish Federations’ mission, where engaging the next generation is a top priority, said Jerry Silverman, JFNA president and CEO. “It is critical for our success that we recruit talented leaders who can engage younger Jews and articulate their concerns to a wide range of Federation constituencies,” Silverman said. “Devra and Darren are just such leaders, and we are thrilled with the choice.”

Lackie described the selection process as an important moment in leadership development for all NYL Cabinet members, affording everyone “one more way to further our ability to grow and improve as Jewish leaders." She said it also provides a productive point at which to take stock. “It’s an opportunity for Cabinet chevre to reflect on our journey in engagement, philanthropy and volunteerism, and the impact we are having on our Jewish communities locally and throughout the JFNA family of communities and partners.”

Greenwald praised the newly appointed young leaders as well. “Devra and Darren are thoughtful and committed Jewish leaders who understand the urgent need to find ways to make Jewish engagement and Federation engagement relevant to young Jews,” he said.

He is also confident that the incoming leaders will further the efforts by NYL Cabinet to involve younger Jews in a meaningful way, including at the Leadership Conference in Dallas March 10-12 and TribeFest in New Orleans next year.  

The selection of new leaders is a sacred moment in the lifecycle of National Young Leadership, the current NYL co-chairs said. The process signifies the continuity of excellence in leadership, but also the profound responsibility of Jewish communal leadership.

The chairs designate focus their first year on the NYL Cabinet campaign and participate alongside the chairs to gain experience in the leadership team. In their second year, they help shape the vision of National Young Leadership and help execute its mission. All of this is done in partnership with the professional team of National Young Leadership at JFNA.

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