N.Y. federation taps Wall Street lawyer for CEO

NEW YORK (JTA) — 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.

UJA-Federation of New York’s board will vote on the appointment Thursday; the vote was postponed from Tuesday due to 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.

According to his biography on the Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP website, Goldstein 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.

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