John Ruskay

Ruskay Looks Back, And Ahead

Leader takes pride in 15 years at helm of UJA-Fed NY while noting community's ‘uncertain future.'

06/11/2014
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In a rare quiet moment, John Ruskay, who is stepping down at the end of the month after 15 years as CEO and executive vice president of UJA-Federation of New York, sat in his office on East 59th Street and described his feelings these days as “running in a relay race, trying to hand the baton” to his successor, Eric Goldstein, as seamlessly as possible.

Gary Rosenblatt

Incoming Exec Hopes To Expand Sense Of 'Kehillah'

Eric Goldstein wants to make inroads in his Modern Orthodox community and others; “alarmed” by data on weakening Jewish identity.

01/26/2014
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On July 1, when Eric Goldstein reports to work for the first time on East 59th Street as CEO and executive vice president of UJA-Federation of New York, he will be very familiar with his surroundings.

Eric Goldstein

N.Y. Federation Taps Wall Street Lawyer For CEO

01/24/2014
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NEW YORK — The largest Jewish federation in North America is expected to announce Eric Goldstein, a financial litigation lawyer and vice chair of the federation, as its new CEO.

The Year Ahead: Who’ll Replace John Ruskay at UJA-Fed?

12/31/2013
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He’s taken his share of lumps over the years (too slow to integrate Russian speakers into the federation world; too timid in standing up for a film festival highlighting the daily lives of Arab Israelis). But overall, UJA-Federation of New York CEO John Ruskay, the most respected federation exec in the country, has had an excellent 14-year run at the helm of the mega-charity. He initiated and championed the idea of a “caring community” and, though the philanthropic winds were against him, he was a vigorous defender of the notion of centralized giving. As boutique giving became the rage he pivoted adroitly, arguing that it was actually countercultural (cool, even) to support the agencies that did all the heavy lifting. But he also took some chances and funded numerous incubator-type projects, from Bikurim to the irreverent Heeb magazine.

John Ruskay

Ruskay To Step Down

UJA-Fed's top exec bucked trends by making case for centralized giving.

04/24/2013
Editor and Publisher

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.

Gary Rosenblatt

UJA-Fed’s Exec To Leave In 15 Months

New York federation leader John Ruskay made the case for centralized giving, growing the endowment to $860 million from $330 million.

04/23/2013
Editor And Publisher

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.

John Ruskay

Latest Jewish Population Data Show Gains In Manhattan, Loss In Suffolk

Methodology questioned by demographer.

01/17/2013
Staff Writer

The Jewish population in the Washington Heights/Inwood communities on the northern tip of Manhattan has soared by 144 percent since 2002, while Suffolk County, with a 4 percent decrease in Jews during that time, is the only suburban county to experience a Jewish population loss.

A look at the latest numbers by county.

Latest Jewish Population Data Show Gains In Manhattan, Loss In Suffolk

01/17/2013
Staff Writer

The Jewish population in the Washington Heights/Inwood communities on the northern tip of Manhattan has soared by 144 percent since 2002, while Suffolk County, with a 4 percent decrease in Jews during that time, is the only suburban county to experience a Jewish population loss.

A look at the latest numbers by county.

UJA-Fed. Braces As Proposed State Cuts Hit Three-Year High

02/08/2011
Assistant Managing Editor

Drastic cuts to reduce the state's $10 billion budget deficit proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo may cause agencies under the UJA-Federation umbrella to lose as much this year as they have in the past three years combined.

In what the federation calls a "gigantic challenge," agencies providing immigrant services, employment, child care programs will lose about $30 million in revenue and an additional $30 million in foregone funds, such as cost of living increases -- roughly the amount of funding that has been decreased since 2008.

Gov. Cuomo’s budget ax seen hitting the Jewish community hard.
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