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By BERNIE BELLAN
In a move that must have come as a shock to many in the Winnipeg Jewish community, Adam Bronstone, who had been CEO of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg since August 2014, is no longer CEO.


According to an e-mail issued June 15 by David Kroft, president of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, the Federation claims that Bronstone "resigned" his position effective June 15.
Here is the text of that e-mail: “The Jewish Federation of Winnipeg confirms that Dr. Adam Bronstone has resigned his position as Chief Executive Officer effective June 15, 2015. The Jewish Federation of Winnipeg thanks Dr. Bronstone for all of his efforts on behalf of the community.
 
A search for Dr. Bronstone’s replacement will now begin with further information in this regard to be provided at a later date. “
It is not clear, however, whether Bronstone actually resigned his position or whether his appointment was terminated involuntarily (a euphemism for "fired").
Requests to the Federation to clarify the situation have gone unanswered and so far, Bronstone has not commented publicly (nor to this writer) about what happened.

Adam Bronstone had begun serving as Federation CEO less than 10 months ago. In a press release issued by the Federation on June 26, 2014, it was stated that Dr. Bronstone is a "native Winnipegger, Dr. Bronstone returned to Winnipeg in January after almost 15 years in the US in senior management roles with the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, and the Jewish Federations of New Orleans, Jacksonville and Broward County, Florida. His Federation experience is broad, including responsibilities in Communal Planning, Allocations, Government Relations, Young Leadership, Research and Community Engagement. Immediately prior to returning to Winnipeg, Dr. Bronstone led fundraising and donor development for a New York professional and trades group, ORT America.
 
Dr. Bronstone holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Hull, UK, an MA in International Relations from York University in Toronto, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Manitoba."

Under the terms of his appointment Bronstone had been under probation for the first six months of his tenure as CEO. The appointment was renewed following the original six months for a further six months, which was to end this coming August. As we noted earlier, it is not at all clear why Bronstone is no longer CEO; however, in our June 10 issue we did note that the annual Combined Jewish Appeal campaign had fallen some $200,000 short of its goal of $5.9 million.

There has been no announcement as to who will be replacing Bronstone in the interim period until his successor is found although the announcement that he is no longer CEO emanated from the office of CJA Campaign Director Elaine Goldstine.

Stay tuned for further details.

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