Avi Benlolo is “no longer employed” by Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies (FSWC).
In response to queries from the CJR on Benlolo’s rumoured departure from his long-held post, Avital Borisovsky, associate director of communications for FSWC, on June 8 said that Benlolo was President and CEO of FSWC.
On June 16, Borisovsky sent the CJR another email stating, “Avi Benlolo is no longer employed by FSWC.”
“We are not able to provide any other information at this time,” Borisovsky said on June 17.
UPDATE: A statement from FSWC on June 17 said Benlolo “will be moving on from Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center following 20 years with the organization. The Board of Directors and the Board of Governors of FSWC thank Avi for his longstanding service and commitment and for his meaningful contribution in helping position the organization as one of Canada’s foremost voices in the fight against anti-Semitism. As a next step, the FSWC board has activated a search for a CEO whose responsibilities will include leading the day-to-day operations of the organization and the management of its staff, donors and associates. In the interim the center is being managed by FSWC Chairman Fred Waks and Rabbi Meyer H. May, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s long-serving executive director based at the Center’s international headquarters in Los Angeles.”
The CJR is watching this story and will report details as they arise.