UJA-Federation of New York is led by committed leaders who reflect the diversity and dynamism of the New York Jewish community. Volunteers work hand in hand with professional staff, proudly upholding a more than 90-year tradition of creative collaboration.
Alisa Robbins Doctoroff
After serving as chair of the board for three years, Alisa Robbins Doctoroff was appointed president of UJA-Federation of New York on July 1, 2013. She previously served as chair of UJA-Federation’s Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal after years of involvement with its work, particularly in Israel and with young people.
Ms. Doctoroff is a past president of the Abraham Joshua Heschel School and was instrumental in founding its high school division, and chaired the initiative for its recent expansion. She is active on the boards of a wide spectrum of organizations that promote engagement with Jewish life and identity through education, culture, and religious life, including Jim Joseph Foundation, Moving Traditions, Mechon Hadar, and the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is also past president of Congregation Or Zarua and co-founder of the Jewish Lens.
Ms. Doctoroff graduated from Harvard College and received an M.B.A at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. She also holds an M.A. in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Dan, and has three children.
Chair of the Board
Linda Mirels was appointed chair of the board of UJA-Federation of New York on July 1, 2013. Ms. Mirels served as chair of UJA-Federation’s annual campaign from 2009 to 2011, and previously chaired the Westchester campaign. In addition, she sits on the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee and serves on the boards of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Jewish Funders Network and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation as well as the advisory board of the Metropolitan Opera. She also serves as a trustee of her family foundation, which focuses largely on social entrepreneurship projects, education, and microfinance in Africa and Israel.
Ms. Mirels was born and raised in South Africa and Swaziland. She completed her undergraduate degree in Johannesburg and her Masters in Social Work at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has a certification from the William Alanson White Institute in Organizational Consulting and currently participates in consulting projects and spends time in the family office. She is a graduate of the Wexner Fellowship Program. She has three children and lives in New York City.
John S. Ruskay, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President & CEO
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.
Eric S. Goldstein was elected as CEO of UJA-Federation of New York on January 23, 2014, and will assume that position on July 1, 2014.
Currently, Mr. Goldstein, 54, is a leading partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, one of the nation’s most respected law firms. He joined the firm in 1983 and became a partner in 1992.
Rated one of the top securities litigators in the United States, Mr. Goldstein has extensive experience handling a broad range of complex litigation matters. He currently serves as chair of his firm’s Pro Bono Committee, and has previously served as chair of both the firm’s Recruitment Committee and Legal Personnel Committee, and co-chair of its Professional Representation Committee. For many years, Mr. Goldstein has represented many of the world’s largest financial institutions and corporations in significant litigations.
Long active in the Jewish community, Mr. Goldstein is a highly respected leader with UJA-Federation, most recently elected last spring as vice chair with broad oversight of UJA-Federation’s work in Israel and the former Soviet Union. He is also a member of UJA-Federation’s Executive Committee, and previously served in a number of leadership roles at UJA-Federation, including as chair of its Lawyers Division, Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal, and Global Strategy Task Force.
Also involved in Jewish communal life beyond UJA-Federation, Mr. Goldstein serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel; is a founding board member of Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education; chair of the board of Manhattan Day School; a board member of the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), a UJA-Federation beneficiary agency; president of the Beth Din of America; a board member of the Ramaz School; and an honorary board member of DOROT, also a UJA-Federation beneficiary agency.
Mr. Goldstein is a recipient of the 2013 Torch of Learning award from American Friends of The Hebrew University; was selected by his peers for The Best Lawyers in America in regulatory enforcement and securities litigation; and was named by Benchmark Litigation as a Local Litigation Star for New York.
Born in Brooklyn, Mr. Goldstein graduated from Columbia College, magna cum laude, and Cornell Law School, magna cum laude. He was a participant in the Wexner Heritage Program. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Tamar, and their four children.