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Mail to: 603 / 4 Young Street
Neutral Bay 2089
NSW AU
Tel (02) 9944 3395
Fax (02) 9925 0541

Michael A. Stavitsky

Mike Stavitsky's lifetime of achievements and contribution included:

Chairman of the Newark Housing Authority.

National Vice-President of the United States Organization (U.S.O.) during the years of World War II.

Co-Founder, with Herbert Lehman, and President of the American Association of Jewish Education (A.A.J.E.).

The Founder, along with Ed Stavitsky's Uncle, Mike Hollander, of the Beth Israel Hospital.

President of the New Jersey Federation of YMHA/YWHAs and founded the New Jersey YMHA/YWHA Camps.

Administrative Assistant and Chief Fundraiser in the United States for Dr Chaim Weizman.

President of Temple B'nai Abraham, Newark New Jersey (then) 1939-49.

Served as a member of the Rutgers College Council.

Member of the Board of Trustees of Dropsie College.

Vice President - Jewish Publication Society of America.

Executive Committee member, World Federation of YMHAs and Jewish Community Centres.

Treasurer of National Friends of Hillel.

Vice President - United Synagogue Council of America.

Board Member of the United Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Consultant to the United States Housing Authority.

Chairman of the Board of Adjustment, Borough of New Providence.

A Founder of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Doctor of Juris Prudence.

Recipient of an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by Rutgers University.

Recipient of the first Federal Savings & Loan Charter for the State of New Jersey.

Vice President of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Boards.

First Chairman of the Large City Budgeting Conference of the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.

In his book “The Enduring Community: The Jews of Newark and Metrowest”, William B. Helmreich writes:

Stavitsky was born in Russia and came to the U.S. at the age of eight. He possessed an unusual combination of credentials – an accounting degree from NYU and graduate studies in social work. This gave him the ability to deal with both financial and social issues as they emerged in the Jewish community….

In 1922, Stavitsky’s career shifted from social work to business, mostly real estate and mortgage financing, where he became quite successful. As a community-oriented person, however, this was not enough to hold his interest and he became one of the most effective Jewish community leaders in the city’s history. He was chairman of Newark’s United Jewish Appeal, president of the Jewish Education Association and president of Temple B’nai Abraham. As president of the Conference of Jewish Charities between 1931 and 1935, he presided over one of its most critical periods. Had he not taken firm control of the organization then, it is doubtful that it could have survived. Stavitsky believed in commitment to the Jewish community nationally and his involvement also extended beyond the Jewish sphere. The organizations in which he held important posts included the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, the United Jewish Appeal, the Jewish Theological Seminary, the American Association for Jewish Education, which he founded, the B'nai Brith Hillel Commission, Newark Public Housing Authority, and the United Service Organization."