Lawyer Eric Goldstein Likely to Be New CEO of New York Federation

The new CEO will replace John Ruskay, who has headed the federation since 1999 and will retire in June.

Eric Goldstein, a financial litigation lawyer and vice-chair of the UJA-Federation of New York, is expected to be chosen as the federation's new CEO. UJA-Federation of New York is the largest Jewish federation in North America.

The federation's board will vote on the appointment on Thursday, after the original vote was delayed by a snowstorm. Federation officials declined to confirm the information, which was first reported in the Forward.

The new CEO will replace John Ruskay, who has headed the federation since 1999 and will retire in June.

Goldestein a partner in the prominent New York legal firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, has represented many Wall Street clients, including JPMorgan Chase and junk bond billionaire Michael Milken.

While the new position at UJA-Federation will be his first paid job in the Jewish community or nonprofit sector, he has served as a lay leader at various Jewish organizations, including UJA-Federation, Manhattan Day School, the Ramaz School, the Beth Din of America and Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education.
 

General Assembly of Jewish Federations of North America.
Eliyahu Hershkovitz