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After 36 Years, a New Top Leader for New York JCRC
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After 36 Years, a New Top Leader for New York JCRC

Gideon Taylor, president of Holocaust restitution group, will succeed Michael Miller in July.

Gideon Taylor, right, then-chair of operations of the World Jewish Restitution Organization, speaks at a 2017 conference on stolen Jewish property at the official residence of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.
Hadash Parush/Flash90
Gideon Taylor, right, then-chair of operations of the World Jewish Restitution Organization, speaks at a 2017 conference on stolen Jewish property at the official residence of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. Hadash Parush/Flash90

Gideon Taylor was named the next chief executive of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.

Taylor, currently the lay president of the the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, will succeed Michael S. Miller, who has headed the organization for more than 36 years.

JCRC-NY coordinates relationships and events on behalf of the city’s Jewish community with New York’s political, ethnic and faith leaders. It hosts politicians and others on goodwill tours of Israel, issues consensus statements on news events and sponsors the annual Celebrate Israel Parade. In January 2020, following a rash of anti-Semitic incidents, it organized, with UJA-Federation of NY, a march across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Taylor previously served as executive vice president, the top professional role, at the Claims Conference, which negotiates with the German government on funding for survivors and the 300-member network of social service agencies that serve them. He returned as its top lay leader in June 2020. He also heads EWKA, Inc., a commercial real estate company in New York.

“Gideon is a passionate and well-respected leader who has served the diverse New York Jewish community locally as well as the wider Jewish community internationally,” JCRC-NY President Cheryl Fishbein said in an announcement Wednesday. “At this critical moment, as our community faces increased levels of antisemitism, internal polarization, and a changing political landscape, we are delighted that Gideon has been selected to lead JCRC-NY into the future.”

The Dublin-born Taylor is an attorney by training. He will succeed Miller as executive vice president and chief executive officer on July 1.

“JCRC-NY is very fortunate to have Gideon Taylor as my successor and its next CEO,” Miller said in a statement. “His work on the international scale has benefitted innumerable Jewish communities, including many Holocaust survivors in New York.  I have worked with Gideon both in his role as a Jewish professional and as a lay leader and have witnessed his dedication to strengthening our Jewish community and his commitment to building bridges of understanding with others.”

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