Recognizing diversity a common theme as panel suggests priorities for mayor-elect at 'Talking Transition.'
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Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio should work with faith leaders and neighborhood groups to find the best way to help the needy in their communities, UJA-Federation's president said at a public forum on the city's transition of power Thursday night.
"We believe non-profits, in partnership with synagogues, churches and mosques, are essential building blocks in communities," said Alisa Doctoroff, noting that the city continued to face unprecedented challenges in fighting poverty and other ills.
New York federation leader John Ruskay made the case for centralized giving, growing the endowment to $860 million from $330 million.
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Soon after John Ruskay took over the helm of UJA-Federation of New York in 1999, he gave a major address based on the notion, then prevalent, that Israel had reached a point in its history when peace seemed imminent. With the Oslo peace process at its high point, Ruskay said it was time to turn the Jewish communal agenda inward, to needs closer to home.