After nearly five years as the Nashville Jewish Federation’s director of community relations, Abbie Wolf is leaving that position this month. She will become the director of external relations for the Pet Community Center, an animal welfare organization that works with Metro Nashville and corporate partners to reduce animal homelessness. She had worked in the past for animal welfare organizations and has a longstanding commitment to animal welfare issues.
“Despite the deep fulfillment that working on behalf of our Jewish community has brought me, a part of me has longed to return to the animal welfare field, and when this opportunity arose, I felt I couldn’t pass it up,” Wolf said.
“Abbie served in her role with the Community Relations Committee … with great distinction and with a full measure of professional excellence,” Federation Executive Director Mark Freedman said. “During her tenure, the CRC expanded its membership, engaged a broader segment of the Jewish and wider community and Abbie played a leading role in pursuing the CRC’s core mission—advancing Israel education and advocacy, combatting anti-Semitism and engaging in social justice causes.
“Working in close cooperation with the three lay chairs with whom she served, Irwin Venick, Arthur Perlen and Ron Galbraith, Abbie has positioned the CRC front and center in the heartbeat of Jewish life and Jewish public affairs. I am deeply indebted to Abbie and I want to thank her for having contributed so much to the CRC, the Jewish Federation and our Jewish community,” said Freedman.
Wolf told CRC members, “I am tremendously proud of all the important work we have done together over the last five years. We have accomplished so much, and overcome so many challenges. I will miss working with every single one of you.” •