Susan Sher and her boss last year.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The office of the first lady announced (via email) that Susan Sher, Michelle Obama’s chief-of-staff and the White House’s liason to the Jewish community, will depart come the new year. “Susan has brought tremendous skill and dedication to the First Lady’s office,” said President Obama, “as well as my administration’s outreach to the Jewish community and our efforts to pass health care reform.” Michelle Obama noted that Sher ended up staying longer than she had planned to build the First Lady’s office.

If you want to catch Ms. Sher before she heads back to her family in Chicago, you should drop by the historic Sixth & I Synagogue in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, November 30, for her Tablet Magazine-sponsored chat with New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor.

Jews & Politics [Tablet Magazine]