CELEBRATES RALPH I. GOLDMAN
...Ralph Goldman, Honorary Executive Vice President of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has bettered the lives of millions worldwide.
On April 12th, The JCC
in Manhattan will celebrate Goldman
as an inspiration to everyone committed to making a difference in the world.Goldman
, the driving force behind significant social, educational and cultural initiatives, has dedicated most of his
90 years to ensuring a vibrant Jewish future.He served as the Executive Vice President of the JDC from 1976 to 1985 and 1986 to 1988, and has held the title of Honorary Executive Vice President since 1988.
leadership, the JDC
established schools and community centers in Israel, brought aid to Jews trapped in the Soviet Bloc and improved the lives of people around the world.According to Ronald Lauder, it is "because of (Ralph's) dreams and visions that thousands of Jewish children go to school today in Eastern Europe."
exemplifies the JCC's commitment to quality educational, spiritual, recreational and support programs.From nursery school to senior political discussions, from basketball to Judaism 101, The JCC
in Manhattan offers over three thousand programs per year, connecting individuals to each other and deepening Jewish life.Ralph Goldman's
inspiration continues to encourage the JCC
to be a home to individuals and families of all backgrounds.
...Goldman was born in the Ukraine in 1914.He
came to the United States with his
family at a young age and grew up in Dorchester, Massachusetts where he
received a rigorous Jewish education at Beth-El Hebrew School
father was a peddler who often obtained loans from the Hebrew Free Loan Society
.Dorchester at that time was a tightly knit Jewish community and the Goldman household held a great respect for what it meant to be Jewish and a part of a greater Jewish world.In 1942, while studying social work, Goldman
entered the army.In France, outside of Arles, he worked alongside a Jewish chaplain at a displaced persons (DP) camp where he witnessed the desperation of tens of thousands of Jewish and non-Jewish refugees.
It was then that he
became committed to aiding the destitute, and preparing for a Jewish State where Jews could live free from persecution.He came back to the States and worked as a recruiter of professional personnel for the State of Israel and later as David Ben Gurion's main American contact and personal assistant on the Prime Minister's historic first (1951) and last (1967) visits to the United States.Before his work at the JDC, Goldman was Executive Director of the American Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF).
developed major exchange programs between Israel and the US and was the first to assist young Israeli artists like Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman and Daniel Berenboim.He also helped obtain the US government grant that seeded the development of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.After his work at AICF, he founded and directed the Israel Education Fund (IEF) of the United Jewish Appeal, establishing more than 70 secondary schools and other cultural/educational structures in Israel.In 1969, Goldman joined the JDC where he continued his innovative activism.He
substantially extended the JDC
's traditional outreach to include small and isolated Jewish communities the world over.Because of Goldman's view that Jewish education is a major JDC
responsibility, to be coupled with social welfare, the JDC
joined with other relief services to create the Interfaith Hunger Appeal, an ecumenical organization that deals with problems of hunger worldwide. Ralph Goldman's
long and distinguished career in Jewish communal service personifies the very values and mission of the JCC
in Manhattan."Ralph Goldman is one of those people who works behind the scenes to make real change on behalf of humankind," said Peter Joseph, Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the JCC in Manhattan.