Sol Adler commits suicide only days after his replacement is named, marking a transition after the corruption scandal that shook the Jewish institution.
Sol Adler, the longtime 92nd Street Y executive director who was fired last summer amidst allegations of corruption, has hanged himself at his home in Brooklyn, the New York Post reported.
Adler’s lifeless body was found Friday morning by his wife at their oceanfront Sea Gate home. He was 60-years-old.
Only days ago, 92nd Street Y announced it had hired Henry Timms to fill the role Adler has vacated last July after a quarter-century at the helm of the venerable New York Jewish cultural institution, following revelations that he had a long-term affair with his assistant, Catherine Marto.
Marto, the Y’s former liaison for board and donor relations, was fired after the Y decided that she provided unsatisfactory answers to an investigation of her son-in-law, Sal Taddeo, a former Y employee who allegedly received kickbacks from Y vendors while working there.
Adler had been making $430,000 a year at the time of his firing.
Before being named interim executive director following the scandal, Timms served as the Y’s deputy executive director for innovation, strategy and content.
The Y also announced that Rabbi Peter Rubinstein, senior rabbi at Manhattan’s Central Synagogue, will join the organization’s staff in September as director of Jewish community and the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life at the Y. Rubinstein will oversee the Y’s Jewish programming, the organization said in a statement.