NEW YORK – Harriet Schleifer was elected the American Jewish Committee’s first female president on June 3. She succeeds John Shapiro.
Schleifer, who lives in Chappaqua, N.Y., is an attorney and longtime lay leader who serves as chair of the AJC’s board of governors.
David Harris, the organization’s CEO, praised the new president in the statement.
“Harriet Schleifer’s passion for the Jewish people, for core American democratic values, for Israel, for Yiddishkeit, combined with her unbounded energy are distinctive attributes that, under her leadership, will propel AJC’s pioneering work in confronting the many challenges facing Jews in the U.S., Israel and around the world,” Harris said.