Ruskay Turns To Future Federation Concerns

To paraphrase those classic 1980s TV commercials for the brokerage firm E.F. Hutton, when John Ruskay talks, people listen.

12/15/2009 - 19:00
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To paraphrase those classic 1980s TV commercials for the brokerage firm E.F. Hutton, when John Ruskay talks, people listen.

Last Tuesday, when some 500 hundred lay and professional leaders in the community came together to honor him on his first decade as executive vice president and CEO of UJA-Federation of New York, there was much anticipation of the speech he was about to give — he did not disappoint; more on that in a moment — and numerous references to the talk he gave 10 years ago, on coming into his post, a classic in communal circles.


Greeks Fete Two Jews

02/25/1999 - 19:00
Staff Writer
One of the nation's top Greek Orthodox events will feature two Jewish speakers. Author Elie Wiesel will be presented with the Athenagoras Humanitarian Award on Saturday night at the Annual Grand Banquet of the Order of St. Andrew. Wiesel joins former President Jimmy Carter and the late Mother Theresa as past winners of the humanitarian prize.

'Blindsided' By Singer?

05/29/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Who does Israel Singer represent? That's the question several angry Jewish interfaith leaders are asking this week after Singer met privately in Rome with Pope John Paul II and raised several key issues between the Vatican and the Jewish community (apparently without the authorization of IJCIC) the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations.

Spiritual Struggle

04/29/1999 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Baltimore — What do an expert on Buddhism, a Christian theologian and a former Reagan administration bureaucrat have to say about Jewish spirituality to a room full of Conservative rabbis? That was the question here this week when all three addressed several hundred rabbis and guests at the 99th annual convention of the Rabbinical Assembly, the organization representing the world’s 1,500 Conservative rabbis.

Helping Hand For Argentina

06/20/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The last time Rabbi Daniel Goldman, spiritual leader of the largest synagogue in Argentina, came to New York, he spoke at a Congregation B'nai Jeshurun shabbaton, describing the deteriorating economic situation of Argentine Jewry. That was in early December, two weeks before Argentina's economy collapsed into a black hole of unemployment and looting. This weekend Rabbi Goldman returns to B'nai Jeshurun. And, said Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, the synagogue's Argentina-born senior rabbi, "the situation is even worse."

Summering In South America

07/17/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Jennifer Mesrie had planned to study drama this summer. Michal Benzaquen was going to earn some money as a lifeguard. Shaanan Meyerstein "was definitely going to travel somewhere." All three are traveling to South America this month: as Jewish community volunteers, not tourists.

Simon Wiesenthal Retiring: Again

04/24/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Simon Wiesenthal, who tracked down Adolf Eichmann in Argentina and has earned the reputation as the world's foremost Nazi hunter, doesn't seem the shy and retiring type. But he retires frequently. The 94-year-old Holocaust survivor, who told a British newspaper two years ago that he was stepping down from his work at his Documentation Center in Vienna, was quoted by an Austrian magazine last week as saying again that his work is done.

Enslaved By The Economy

02/28/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Buenos Aires — In the good years, Marcela would begin her Passover shopping a few weeks before the seders. The usual matzah and wine and fish, new clothing for her two children, some coins to be hidden around the family’s apartment for the afikoman search. “Everything,” she said. This year, nothing. No clothes, no coins.

The Next Round In Buenos Aires

04/11/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Buenos Aires — At first glance, the once-thriving capital of Argentina looks as thriving as ever. The downtown commercial area, near the banks of the Rio de la Plata river, is filled with people. The shelves of the upscale shops are stocked with the latest goods. The city’s distinctive yellow-and-black taxis cruise the streets. But at second glance …
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