Rabbi Isaac Trainin, a New York Jewish federation leader for more than a half-century, has died. He was 88.
Trainin worked for the UJA-Federation of New York and its precursor for 55 years, starting as its director of religious affairs in 1952.
At the federation he helped found the Metropolitan Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty, the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, the Coordinating Council on Bikur Cholim and the Jewish Alcoholics and Chemically Dependent Persons program. The bikur cholim council now carries Trainin’s name.
“Both as our house rabbi and through his deep caring and commitment to our agency network, Ike’s vision for the Jewish people continues to inspire and guide us today,” said a joint statement by UJA-Federation of New York President John Shapiro, Chairman Jerry Levin and Executive Vice President and CEO John Ruskay.