Friday, September 24th | 18 Tishri 5782

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2017


David Schizer

Executive vice president and CEO, Joint Distribution Committee

The new head of the venerable Jewish charity the Joint Distribution Committee, David Schizer has never been anything less than accomplished.

Born in Brooklyn, he served as dean of Columbia Law School, the youngest man ever to do so, and took a leadership role in Jewish institutions like the Ramaz school and the 92nd Street Y. In 2017 he was interviewed for the office of Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Tax Policy by the incoming Trump administration.

“Every Jewish family has a history of poverty, religious persecution, or violence –
the only difference is how long ago it was. For me personally, it is profoundly meaningful to be appointed CEO of an extraordinary organization that has been a lifeline to Jews in their hour of need, and that renews Jewish life throughout the world,” Schizer said of his new office at the JDC.

One particular area of concentration for Schizer is aiding the small but growing Jewish communities of Eastern Europe. (Photo credit: JDC.)


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