Hillel mourns the passing of our beloved friend and former Board Chair Michael Rukin, z"l.
Michael Rukin led the effort of the (then) Council of Jewish Federations to establish Hillel and served as our second chair from 1995-1998. In addition to his many contributions to Hillel, Michael held important leadership roles in many Jewish organizations for over three decades. He was the chairman of The Combined Jewish Philanthropies (Federation in Boston), chair of the Board of Overseers of The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, and chair of the Board of The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS). Michael was an early activist in the Soviet Jewry movement and served on the board of the National Conference for Soviet Jewry. Michael held degrees from the City College of New York and Northeastern University. He was CEO of Concord Hillel Group Trust, a technology investment firm and the founder and CEO of Analytical Systems Engineering Corporation, a pioneer in the fields of radio navigation and physical security systems.
Our hearts and prayers are with Michael's family. May they all be comforted among the mourners of Zion and may Michael's memory always be a blessing.