The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando has hired Olga Yorish as its Executive Director. Yorish has more than 20 years of experience within the Jewish Federation system.
"The search committee and board of directors chose Olga because of her proven track record of strong leadership, innovation, and commitment to building Jewish community,” said Michael Soll, co-chairman of the Board of Directors.
Most recently, Yorish was head of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford in Massachusetts. Olga’s extensive experience includes financial resource development, executive leadership, planning and allocations.
“I am eager to be part of this incredible mission, organization, and community. It is a critical time for the Orlando Jewish community in shaping its Jewish landscape. As I step in to this role I draw upon past experience and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead,” Yorish said.
Yorish was born in St. Petersburg (Leningrad), Russia and is a former refusenik who emigrated in 1989. She was the first Jew from the former Soviet Union to receive a Federation Executive Education and Recruitment Program scholarship from the Council of Jewish Federations to attend the Hornstein Program for Jewish Communal Service at Brandeis University.
She was the first Jew from the former Soviet Union to attend the Hornstein Program. In 1992, Yorish graduated with a master's degree in Jewish Communal Service and began her career with the Jewish Federation system. The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando has done a remarkable job transforming itself into a catalyst and a portal for all things Jewish in Central Florida. In order to serve the needs of our evolving Jewish community JFGO has expanded its programs to be more inclusive and relevant to a larger audience.
“Our Jewish community is scattered all over town. Finding special connections to the Jewish community is not necessarily easy. This is where the Federations steps in," said Ryan Lefkowitz, co-chairman of the Board of Directors. "Through its programs and services, we touch so many lives. We have listened to our stakeholders and that has helped shape the Federation of today.“
For more information on the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando’s programming initiatives please visit, www.jfgo.org.