Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We are writing with some news and wanted to speak to you from our distinct roles.
A message from Aaron
I’m writing to you today to share the news that I will be transitioning out of my role as President of Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah this summer and moving into a consulting role with LKFLT to envision the next steps for our work at the intersection of Judaism and American democracy.
Over the last five years, I’ve been inspired and energized by the Foundation’s efforts to strengthen the American Jewish community’s commitment to the health and vitality of our democracy: our portfolio of extraordinary grantees, our 2018-19 Lippman Kanfer Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom, and the 80+ organizations that joined our 2020 Free&Fair campaign. I’m honored to partner with the LKFLT board to build on this work going forward.
I’m also incredibly proud of the amazing work of our broad range of other grantees and of the stewardship of my board and staff colleagues in supporting them. These grantees bring the Jewish wisdom tradition to bear on urgent and important contemporary issues, including racial justice; end-of-life experiences; LGBTQ+ rights; organizational development and leadership; health and wellness; the COVID-19 pandemic; safety, respect, and equity in the workplace; and environmentalism and climate change. And I’ve been honored to partner with esteemed foundation colleagues and innovative grantees to support the American Jewish community’s efforts to chronicle our experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past 15 months.
It’s been a real gift to have the opportunity to do this work, and I’m excited for what lies ahead for the Foundation.
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A message from Marcella
We are grateful for Aaron’s visionary leadership at the Foundation and excited to support him in exploring the next iteration of the Jewish community’s role in supporting American democracy. We know that his will be an important voice in confronting the challenges and advancing the opportunities we have in front of us within the Jewish community and beyond.
In addition to our work together on democracy, we share Aaron’s pride in all that we’ve accomplished over these past five years together. This body of work is emblematic of our values-based commitments to pursuing fresh ideas with a sense of possibility, an eagerness to learn, a collaborative spirit, and deep humility.
As we navigate this inflection point in the life of the Foundation, we’ve decided to delay the search for a new president until later this year. Over the next few months, our board and professional team are planning to reflect on our first decade and determine how our vision and strategy will evolve in our next chapter. While we will not be considering new, unsolicited grant proposals as of July 1, for the projects we're currently funding that are not time-bound, we will extend funding to avoid disruption in their operations and programming, and we will continue to collaborate with our funder colleagues.
We are confident that this period of reflection and renewal will position us to go from strength to strength, and we are excited to share with you our plans for our path forward soon.
Marcella Kanfer Rolnick, Board Chair
Aaron Dorfman, President