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UJA-Federation of New York: Strengthening a Global Jewish Identity

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Publication Date: February 2006

Publisher(s): Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Author(s): John S. Ruskay; Manfred Gerstenfeld

Series: Changing Jewish Communities, No. 5 (February 15, 2006)

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Jewish Organizations; Fundraising and Philanthropy; Organizational Development; Youth Engagement

Type: Other

Coverage: New York

Abstract:

In this interview John Ruskay, the executive vice-president and CEO of UJA-Federation of New York, says that the Federation's major reorganization, which ended the division between domestic and overseas issues, reflects a changing worldview that stresses commonalities over differences. Ruskay addresses the allocation of UJA-Federation funds, the relevance of Synagogues to his organization, Jewish poverty, Ethiopian Jews and the minor growth in Jewish philanthropy, among other topics. He ends the interview by discussing the challenge of dealing with the next generation and engaging young Jews in their twenties and thirties.