August 24, 2011, 3:15 PM
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Frank Lopez: You know what a chazzer is?
Tony Montana: No, Frank, you tell me. What is a chazzer?
Frank Lopez: It’s a Yiddish word for “pig.” See, the guy, he wants more than what he needs. He don’t fly straight no more.
– From Scarface (1983)
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According to an examination by JCCWatch.org of IRS annual Form 990′s filings, John Ruskay, the CEO of the New York charity-umbrealla group United Jewish Appeal (UJA)-Federation of New York, received an “excessive” compensation package of over $675,000.00 per year in both 2008 and 2009.
As passed on by Israpundit (aka Ted Belman), JCCWatch.org’s founder, Richard Allen, has stated: “It is unconscionable at this time of tremendous need by the beneficiaries, that the head of the UJA-Federation received a compensation package of over $675,000.00 per year.”
Allen added: “John Ruskay, the Chief Executive officer of the UJA-Federation of New York, is not only taking an exorbitant personal compensation package, he has also been charged by JCCWatch.org with using his position to further his personal political ideology.”
According to Allen: “Ruskay is also using the UJA-Federation funds to support organizations with a clear political agenda. This is not surprising since he has a history of supporting radical groups including the original anti-Israel group ‘Breira’ during the 1970′s. John Ruskay, through the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), recently supported a group [Meretz-USA] actively calling for the Boycott of Israel, to be allowed to march in the Israel Day Parade in NYC.”
Allen added: “John Ruskay allocated UJA-Federation Funds of over $1,000,000.00 … to the George Soros political front group, ‘Funders for Jewish Justice.’ That group spent over $100,000.00 on an ad attacking Glenn Beck [incidentally, Beck today is in Jerusalem, completing his several-day “Restoring Courage” solidarity-with-Israel event]. Neither George Soros or his front groups are known as Jewish charitable organizations. There are urgent needs in the community that could have used that money. These needs are going unmet and the funding that could have made a difference was allocated to groups with a political agenda.”
According to Israpundit, JCCWatch.org concluded by calling “on the directors of the UJA-Federation to review their funding and priorities. While any one individual is entitled to their political views, Jewish communal monies must be spent on charitable efforts; not political and personal pet projects that undermine the State of Israel.”
Comments posted at Israpundit demonstrated general outrage and disgust.
According to “email rec’d” as posted by Ted Belman
every federation holds information like this close to their chests feeling that no one else is entitled to see it. At one point in CT I pulled all the 990′s and compared the amounts raised with the chief exec’s remuneration. Wild numbers. …
Our problems with J Street and other anti-Zionist groups come about because in isolation small elites are able to manipulate Federation giving and JCRC sponsorships in an anti-Israel way. Funny they don’t realize it, but Israel is the cornerstone to many of why they give. Remove that reason and Federation shed Jews. Which they do.
And, as they say, much much more….It’d be a good idea to publish something that the Federation already has.(a prod that it is going to be done might flush out the official numbers for public consumption)…a roster of employees and what they get paid versus the raise they are involved with. Of course all information will be over two years old because they don’ t file on time….but their pay checks are on time, for sure…
According to “emmess”:
These “Federation” people are made of Teflon. I tried to expose the anti-Israel agenda of a very, very prominent, spiritual (read into that word what you may) philanthropist who not only was a supporter of Peace Now but provided space in his Jerusalem foundation building, around the corner from the PM’s residence, for that accursed organization. When I presented the story of his destructive activities, I was countered with “but he has done so much for Israel.” I don’t care how many buildings you build, I only care about your burning them down.
According to “laura”:
This is an outrage. One can’t even enjoy the solidarity of a pro-Israel parade because even that’s being infiltrated by the enemy.
According to “Jason Braune”:
The man is a total scumbag and a fraud. And giving $1,000,000 to Soros, one of the world’s most wealthy and active anti-Semites, is just unbelievable. How do scumbags like this man get such a position, and how do they keep it so long?
According to “Uzitiger”:
He’s no different than Abraham Foxman who gets about 350,000 and another 150,000 in annual bonuses. These self appointed over paid ‘leaders’ had a leftist agenda for decades so this is nothing new. This is why I won’t give any of these organizations any money. Who knows how much of their money comes from the “Jewish” Nazi George Soros and we know what evil agenda that filthy swine has.
According to “Independent Patriot”:
Oh heavens where have you all been for the past twenty years. The left-wing nut roots have taken hold of the organized Jewish community years ago. Not only do they throw our money away on leftist causes instead of providing support for appropriate Jewish charities, they have systematically rid the Jewish philanthropic world of any non-liberal-progressive-democrat. My recommendation is that if you want to help a Jewish charity, give directly to that charity and bypass the Federations and UJA completely. But research what they have become first. You may be surprised at how they spend your money and on whom. In fact, Israel has even become so sophisticated you can give directly to their charities as well. UJA is an anachronism. Heck even AIPAC refused to go after Obama, despite his past associations, during 2008 because the President of AIPAC was a DNC bigwig. The organized Jewish-American community is many things, but not sure that concern for the Jewish community is part of who they happen to be anymore.
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