Jewish Family Service Agency (JFSA) Announces New CEO
September 30, 2016

 

richard-fruchter“This is certainly an exciting time in our evolution as an agency as we continue to build JFSA’s image and presence in the Jewish and broader community… It is the direct service nature of our work that inspires me. It is the stories our incredible staff relate, about challenges they face and positive outcomes they effect with their clients, that give me hope for the future.”

 

The Jewish Family Service Agency is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Fruchter as Chief Executive Officer, effective Sept  19th, 2016.

Since January of 2015, Richard has served as JFSA’s Senior Management Consultant, helping lead the organization during its period of transition.

“With unanimous support from the Search Committee and Board, we are very pleased to appoint Richard as our permanent CEO,” says Karen James, Board Chair.

“When we initially hired Richard to guide JFSA through our period of transition, we knew his tremendous experience and many successes in non-profit organizations would be an asset and we anticipated that we would benefit immeasurably from his astute counsel. He also had a thorough knowledge of our Jewish community having served as Senior Management Consultant for the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver for 2013-2014.

Richard’s invaluable expertise in areas of finance, fundraising, communications, Board governance, and human resources has strengthened and enhanced the organization. Over the last 18 months, he has far exceeded our expectations: executing a move to a bigger and more efficient new location; re-structuring the organization; recruiting and retaining high quality staff; strengthening ties to the Jewish Federation, other stakeholders and donors; and delivering increased and better services to our community. We are thankful to Richard for his focused leadership as we effectively tackled many complex questions and challenges in the past year,” says Karen. “I’m thrilled that Richard will continue to lead us into our next chapter, building on the vision, good governance and organizational strength established during his tenure.”

“It has been an absolute pleasure to work within Vancouver’s caring and close-knit Jewish community,” said Richard. “JFSA is in its 80th year and enjoys a wonderful reputation for delivering truly vital services that enables individuals and families in our community to live healthy and productive lives. This is certainly an exciting time in our evolution as an agency as we continue to build JFSA’s image and presence in the Jewish and broader community. To chart a course for greater success in the future, the Board and management have embarked on the creation of a goal-driven Strategic Plan. This plan will identify community needs, increase community awareness of our services, develop effective goals, and robust strategies to address the increasing demands for our quality programs and services. As part of that plan, we will deepen and expand collaborations and partnerships to create a network that will optimize our reach in the community.

It is the direct service nature of our work that inspires me.  It is the stories our incredible staff relate, about challenges they face and positive outcomes they effect with their clients, that give me hope for the future. Because I know that an at-risk youth has someone to talk to, that a Holocaust survivor can access food and medical assistance, that an immigrant can develop the skills to find a job, and that a homeless person can find emergency housing.  As I reflect on the past year and look towards the coming New Year, I know that with the commitment, compassion and dedication of JFSA’s excellent Board and staff, and guided by the wisdom and values of our Jewish tradition, we will continue to transform thousands of lives in our community.”

Richard has devoted over 30 years to building and strengthening Jewish communities in major cities in North America.  He has successfully lead a health charity, Federations, Talmud Torah, and other community organizations in Seattle, WA, Minneapolis, MN, and Tucson, AZ.  Prior to working with JFSA and the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, Richard was President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.

“All of us at JFSA are grateful for the support of our many stakeholders during our time of transition,” said Karen James. “Our heartfelt thanks, on behalf of the Board of Directors to the community -our family- for your unwavering support and continued belief in our mission.”

 

For more information on the vital programs and services of Jewish Family Service Agency, please visit www.jfsa.ca

Karen James, Board Chair
Joel Steinberg, Immediate Past Chair
Ari Morris, Treasurer
Elliott Lipsey, Secretary
Jody Dales
Jared Friedman
Stephen Glanzberg
Charlene Goldstein
Bill Kaplan
Frieda Miller
Leah Rubin
Allon Shapiro
Stan Shaw
Rabbi Jonathan Infeld, RAV Co-Rep
Rabbi Avraham Feigelstock, RAV Co-Rep