ADL Picks New Director

NEW YORK (AP) -
Jonathan Greenblatt.
Jonathan Greenblatt.

The Anti-Defamation League has announced a replacement for its longtime national director who is leaving after almost a half century working for the Jewish nonprofit.

The New York-based organization on Thursday said Jonathan Greenblatt will take the helm when Abraham Foxman steps down in July 2015.

Greenblatt, a social entrepreneur and business executive, currently serves in the White House as a special assistant to President Barack Obama. The ADL described him as having a lifelong commitment to Jewish social causes and as the grandson of a Holocaust survivor.

The ADL has 30 U.S. offices and one in Israel. Foxman has served as the group’s head since 1987.