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NJ again without regional ADL director

Director’s post empty as previous appointee returns to Colorado

After less than five months as director of the Anti-Defamation League’s NJ region, Shayna Alexander has returned to her previous position as associate director of the ADL’s Mountain States region.
After less than five months as director of the Anti-Defamation League’s NJ region, Shayna Alexander has returned to her previous position as associate director of the ADL’s Mountain States region.

After only four-and-a-half months on the job as director of the Anti-Defamation League’s New Jersey region, Shayna Alexander resigned her post.

On Aug. 15 she returned to her previous position as associate director of the ADL’s Mountain States regional office in Denver.

“Shayna enjoyed her time as regional director of the New Jersey office. She decided to take advantage of a professional opportunity and is pleased to be continuing her ADL career,” said an official statement from the ADL.

Etzion Neuer, a Teaneck resident who served as the state’s regional director from 2004 to 2011, will oversee the NJ region until a replacement for Alexander is named. He remains the organization’s director of community service and policy and deputy director at its New York headquarters.

“New York has a robust and experienced staff, and based on my experience and intimate knowledge of New Jersey and my affection for New Jersey, we will not let New Jersey fall by the wayside,” he told NJ Jewish News in an Oct. 27 phone interview. 

“We continue to serve New Jersey when complaints come in,” said Neuer. “We are able to be quick and respond well. There is no question that we can be doing more, and we are very close to filling the position Shayna left. We are very optimistic about that.”

Neuer insisted that the ADL is committed to supporting New Jersey.

“It is a very important Jewish community,” he said. “It is the state with the fourth-largest population after New York, California, and Florida, with 400,000 to 500,000 Jews whom ADL would never neglect, and it remains an important priority to fill the position as quickly as we can.” 

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