Palo Alto JCC chief to depart for Chicago

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Alan Sataloff, CEO of the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, has announced he is departing to serve in a similar capacity with the JCC of Chicago. His last day is Jan. 28.

Veteran corporate and nonprofit executive Ric Rudman will serve as interim CEO while a national search for a new CEO gets underway. JCC board president-elect Sharon Leslie will head the search committee.

In his nine years at the helm, Sataloff helped guide the Palo Alto JCC through a major transition — into a new, $140 million home in 2009 on the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life in Palo Alto. Sataloff spearheaded the fundraising and helped steward the entire project.

Alan Sataloff

He will leave behind a JCC that is one of the 10 largest JCCs in the nation, both in terms of membership and facility size, according to reports.

“We are  grateful for Alan’s leadership and passion during these pivotal years of building the Oshman Family JCC from a vision into a thriving center for Jewish and community life,” board president Daryl Messinger said.

Before moving to the Bay Area, Sataloff held senior posts at JCCs in Richmond, Va., Seattle, Houston and Memphis.

Sataloff will be the 11th director of the 109-year-old JCC Chicago. He is expected to take over in March and will be replacing retiring general director Marty Levine, who had the job for 38 years.

In a press release, Sataloff said, “I am excited to be coming to Chicago. The city’s large and diverse Jewish community provides for tremendous opportunities to make a difference.”

Rudman will manage day-to-day operations of the JCC in Palo Alto until a permanent replacement is found. He has served on the boards of Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, Hillel at Stanford University and the Albert L. Schultz JCC, as the Oshman Family JCC used to be known.

“Ric has deep roots and knowledge of our community as well as a distinguished career in senior roles in corporate and nonprofit businesses,” Messinger said. “Our board is confident in Ric’s ability to manage the [JCC] during this transition.”

“It is an honor to serve as interim CEO at the Oshman Family JCC,” Rudman added. “Our family has deep roots in this community, and with my past JCC board experience, I feel I am coming home.” — dan pine

Dan Pine

Dan Pine is a contributing editor at J. He was a longtime staff writer at J. and retired as news editor in 2020.