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United Jewish Communities Names Dr. Arthur J. Naparstek To Direct Israel And Overseas Initiatives

New York, February 12, 2001 – Stephen D. Solender, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Jewish Communities (UJC), announced today that Dr. Arthur J. Naparstek, Grace Longwell Coyle Professor of Social Work and former Dean of Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences in Cleveland, has been appointed Senior Vice President and Director of UJC's Israel and Overseas Pillar.

In that capacity, Dr. Naparstek will direct the entity through which the Jewish Federations of North America express their collective responsibility in Israel and other countries where Jewish needs exist. 

"We are confident that the vital work we do in Israel and elsewhere overseas will benefit immensely from Art's exceptional professional experience and advocacy in social welfare issues such as poverty, community-building, and urban revitalization," said UJC Chairman Charles R. Bronfman.

"Beyond his academic credentials, Art brings to his new role the benefit of a variety of leadership positions in Cleveland's Jewish community over the past two decades," said Joel D. Tauber, Chairman of the UJC Executive Committee.

Stephen D. Solender noted, "As Chairman of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland's Partnership 2000 Steering Committee, Art helped create the Beit She'an Valley Community Foundation, the first such foundation in Israel. His work in Beit She'an, along with Cleveland's Israeli partners, led to a national model for economic and social renewal of development towns and regions in Israel."

Karen Shapira, who chairs the UJC Israel and Overseas Pillar, commended Dr. Naparstek for his lifelong commitment to caring and advocacy. "Art believes, as I do, that we can make changes for the better, and I look forward to working with him as we go forward saving Jewish lives and building strong Jewish communities."

"I am excited about assuming this new role directing the pillar and the overseas needs assessment process," Dr. Naparstek said. "Together, they have great potential to redefine the Israel-Diaspora relationship in a way that builds a heightened sense of collective responsibility to Jews around the world, and strengthens the relationship between the Diaspora and the people of Israel."

In addition to his academic experience, Dr. Naparstek has served in a professional capacity consulting with a number of American Jewish organizations as well as Israeli organizations and universities. These include the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and the Council of Jewish Federations (CJF). On the national level, Dr. Naparstek has received three Presidential appointments, including the National Commission on Neighborhoods, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, which governs the Americorps, Learn and Serve, and Senior Service Corp.

Dr. Naparstek received a B.A. degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, a M.S.W. degree from New York University, and a Ph.D. degree from Brandeis University.

United Jewish Communities (UJC) represents 156 Jewish Federations and 400 independent communities across North America. Through the UJA Federation Campaign, UJC provides life-saving and life-enhancing humanitarian assistance to those in need, and translates Jewish values into social action on behalf of millions of Jews in hundreds of communities in North America, in towns and villages throughout Israel, in the former Soviet Union, and 60 countries around the world. Through the Israel Emergency Campaign (IEC), UJC and the Jewish Federations of North America, in cooperation with their overseas partners, The Jewish Agency (JAFI) and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), are providing human welfare, social and economic assistance and other types of support to Israelis, many of them victims of terror, as they endure a period of extreme challenge.