The former congressman succeeds Jerry Silverman, the umbrella group’s leader since 2009.
The General Assembly was plastered with motivational quotations about dialogue. But these quotes would ring hollow in the coming days.
Both groups donate millions of dollars every year to Israel and local causes.
Wilf has held numerous Jewish Federation leadership positions, including co-chairing the National Holocaust Survivors Initiative.
A last-minute funding cut from the umbrella group for Jewish federations nationwide could mean trouble for nine major Jewish charities.
Manning was the first female chair of the Jewish Federations of North America.
“Conditions on campuses and student organizations required a collective and collaborative approach to deal with Jewish security issues.”
Reports last week said that an address by Netanyahu had not been confirmed, which was considered unusual that close to the event.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not be appearing this year at the annual conference of the Jewish Federations of North America.
Tensions between Netanyahu and the U.S. Jewish community have sharpened in recent months after the freeze of the Western Wall egalitarian prayer plan.