Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations

Russian-Jewish Patriarch Here Remembered

Peyrets Goldmacher helped newly arrived émigrés and worked to bridge the disconnect between them and American Jews.

Special To The Jewish Week

Peyrets Goldmacher, widely known as the patriarch of the Russian-American Jewish community, died on Jan. 27 of congrestive heart failure, four days before his 92nd birthday.

Peyrets Goldmacher

A Community Pulling Apart?

UJA-Federation faces steep challenge in light of new data.

Editor and Publisher

The new 10-year study of the Jewish population of New York presents a major challenge to UJA-Federation, which commissioned the survey, because the research indicates that our community is moving sharply in two opposite directions: very engaged Jewishly (but not necessarily communally) and decreasingly interested in Jewish life.

Gary Rosenblatt

Roman Shmulenson, Creating a community of disparate émigrés.

Staff Writer

Roman Shmulenson, 34

Part of a Ukrainian-Jewish family that came to the U.S. in 1993, Roman Shmulenson made his first meaningful contact with the Jewish community while studying at a Brooklyn high school the next year. A social worker from the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services who met with émigré teens arranged a scholarship for Shmulenson to visit Israel.

The trip energized his Jewish feelings; today he’s paying his spiritual debt, as a leader of the émigré community.

Roman Shmulenson
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