Monday, September 05, 2011

J Street Awash Amidst the Tides. Sinking?

Dangerous waters at J Street:

J Street Announces Hadar Susskind’s Departure

Vice President of Policy and Strategy leaves September 30th to open the Washington, DC office of Tides

J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami issued the following statement on the upcoming departure of J Street Vice President of Policy and Strategy, Hadar Susskind, for a new opportunity:

“It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing that Hadar Susskind, J Street’s Vice President of Policy and Strategy, is moving on to a new position with Tides, a values-based infrastructure platform for social change. Hadar will join Tides as Senior Vice President/Managing Director and will formally leave J Street on September 30.

J Street is sad to lose such a talented and dedicated colleague, but we are excited about the new responsibilities and challenges that Hadar will be taking on in his new role. He will be opening the Washington DC office for Tides at a time of strategic recalibration, and will lead the creation of a “Tikkun Olam Fund” to support Jewish social justice work...

Is J Street sinking? Or are they p*ssed off at Jeremy?

Adam Kredo of Washington's Jewish Week adds this:

...It's unclear what this means for a group that's seen its share of PR woes in the past year - and has been waging a full-court press to put things back on track. But Susskind's loss will likely be felt...
*A J Street spokesperson tells me that the group doesn't have a replacement lined up quite yet. "We are in the midst of reevaluating our structural needs right now," the official told me.

UPDATE: A former J Street official tells me that Susskind's departure isn't likely to leave J Street feeling "happy."

"It's a hell of an opportunity for Hadar to go work for Tides, especially with the portfolio as it's laid out," said Isaac Luria, who left J Street in April after serving as its new media guru. "J Street can't be happy to see him go, but don't see how he could have turned such an interesting opportunity down."

Please, no lifesavers. Let them float alone.


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