Head of Boston Technology Investment Firm elected new Chair at HIAS

Posted on Wed, Jun 06, 2007 at 10:47 am

Board of Directors Updated at Annual Meeting

(New York City)– The head of a Boston technology investment firm has been named chair of the board of directors of HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, at the organization’s annual meeting here June 4. With offices on five of the world’s continents and headquartered in New York City, HIAS has helped to rescue and resettle more than 4.5 million refugees since it began operations in 1881.

“I am truly honored to be taking this leadership position at HIAS,” says Michael Rukin, who serves as CEO of Concord Hill Group Trust in Boston. “This organization means so much to so many people around the world. In its 125-year history, it has resettled more than four million Jews, including my grandparents and father, to lands of safety. In this ever shrinking planet, still sadly engaged in genocide and oppression, HIAS expresses the Jewish value: I am my brother’s keeper. I am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead, including the implementation of a new strategic plan that will help us move forward in these uncertain times.”

Rukin has been active in local, national and international Jewish organizations for the past three decades, including the Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston, where he was chairman of the board from 1996 to 1999. He led the effort of the then Council of Jewish Federations to establish Hillel: the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, whose board of directors he chaired from 1995 to 1998. He has also served on the boards and executive committees of United Jewish Communities,the Union for Reform Judaism, and the Joint Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism.

An early activist in the Soviet Jewry movement, Rukin served on the boards of the National Conference for Soviet Jewry and the Union of Councils for Soviet Jewry. In Israel he has chaired the board of overseers of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and served on the board of governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel. He holds a BEE degree from the City College of New York and an MSEE from Northeastern University. He is active in the arts world and collects 20th Century art of Japan. He was the founder and CEO of Analytical Systems Engineering Corporation, a pioneer in the fields of radio navigation and physical security systems.

In addition to the selection of Rukin as its chair, the board named as vice chairs: Sanford K. Mozes, of Philadelphia; Suzette Brooks Masters, of New York City; Barbara S. Rosenthal, of Cleveland; Marc Silberberg, of New York City; Sandra Spinner, of Cincinnati; and Kenneth Weiser, of New York City. Norman Resnicow, of New York City, was named secretary; and Allan Rodolitz, of Woodmere, N.Y., treasurer.

Others named to the board include:

Bobbie Abrams, New York City
Robert Aronson, Minneapolis
Elliott Benjamin, Beverly Hills, Calif.
Hon. Harold Berger, Philadelphia
Norman M. Berkman, San Francisco
Eugenia Brin, Hyattsville, Md.
W. Stewart Cahn, New York City
Rafael Chikvashvili, Baltimore
Marsha Cohen, Tucson
Hon. Betty W. Ellerin, New York City
Annette S. Eskind, Nashville
Tali Farhadian, New York City
Donald J. Fleishaker, New York City
Karen Friedman, New York City
Alan Gidwitz, Chicago
Yona Goldberg, Tarzana, Calif.
Helen G. Hoffman, Palm Beach, Fla.
Orde Kittrie, Tempe, Ariz.
Caryl Kligfeld, New Haven, Conn.
Charles W. Kramer, Linwood, N.J.
Jacqueline Levine, West Orange, N.J.
Jeffrey M. Loewy, New York City

Jamie Metzl, New York City
Laura Newmark, New York City
David I. Portman, Holmdel, N.J.
Neil Posner, Chicago
James Prusky, New York City
Barry Rosenthal, Chicago
Jeffrey C. Rubenstein, Chicago
Philip M. Schlussel, New York City
Rabbi Arthur Schneier, New York City
Dale Schwartz, Atlanta
Eric P. Schwartz, Washington, D.C.
Evelyn Seelig, Jericho, N.Y.
Jack Serber, Bethesda, Md.
Alex Silberwasser, New York City
Inna Simakovsky, Columbus, Ohio
Gregory H. Siskind, Nashville
Rita Sostrin, Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Harry Sterling, Denver
Jerome Stern, Portland, Ore.
Robert S. Whitehill, Pittsburgh
Leon Wildes, New York City

Emeritus chairs include: Carl Glick, New York City; Neil Greenbaum, Chicago; Robert L. Israeloff, Manhasset, N.Y.; Martin Kesselhaut, Livingston, N.J.; and Jerome Teller, Cincinnati, the organization’s outgoing chair.