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John Ruskay Presents 2013 Bamberger Lecture and Receives Honorary Doctorate from HUC-JIR

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

HUC-JIR/New York

One West Fourth Street

New York, NY 10012

Dr. John Ruskay, Executive Vice President & CEO of UJA-Federation of New York


John Ruskay, Executive Vice President & CEO of UJA-Federation of New York will present the 2103 Dr. Fritz Bamberger Memorial Lecture.  His lecture, "What Will Be Required", will be presented at 6 pm.  He will be presented with an honorary doctorate from HUC-JIR from Rabbi David Ellenson, President. 

John S. Ruskay first came to UJA-Federation in 1993 and served in several positions before being appointed executive vice president and CEO in October 1999. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 1968, Dr. Ruskay earned his doctorate in Political Science at Columbia University. He served as educational director of the 92nd Street Y from 1980 to 1985, and vice chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America from 1985 to 1993. Dr. Ruskay has written extensively and speaks nationally on how the American Jewish community can most effectively respond to the challenges and opportunities of living in an open society, the critical role of Jewish philanthropy, and the central role of community. He has served as a senior consultant to the Wexner Foundation and the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, and has chaired the Publication Committee of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service and the Professional Advisory Committee of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. Dr. Ruskay has received many honors, including the Bernard Reisman Award for Professional Excellence from Brandeis University’s Hornstein Program, the Mandelkorn Distinguished Service Award from the Jewish Communal Service Association of North America, and an honorary doctorate of humane letters awarded by the Jewish Theological Seminary. On December 8, 2009, Dr. Ruskay’s 10th anniversary as executive vice president and CEO, and UJA-Federation’s work in that time, was commemorated with a symposium and a special issue of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service.

The Dr. Fritz Bamberger Memorial Lecture is sponsored by the Bamberger Family in memory of their father, Dr. Fritz Bamberger, z"l, who served as Assistant to the President and Professor of Jewish Intellectual History at HUC-JIR/New York.