Mayoral Forum on Cultural Sensitivity and Tolerance


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The Simon Wiesenthal Center - Museum of Tolerance invites you to

New York City Mayoral Forum on
Cultural Sensitivity andTolerance

Invitation Only Event

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 at 6:00pm

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Introductory Remarks by:
Rabbi Steven Burg, Eastern Director, Simon Wiesenthal Center

Rabbi Steven Burg is the Eastern Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.  A graduate of Yeshiva University, Rabbi Burg received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS.) Following his ordination he embarked on a 22 year career at the Union of Orthodox Congregations of America (OU). In 2005, Rabbi Burg became the youngest International Director of NCSY, the youth movement of the OU, and spent the next years restructuring the organization, focusing on professional development, branding and marketing, and metrics and measurements. Through NCSY, Rabbi Burg became one of the foremost leaders in Jewish teen engagement and led an organization that serviced 35,000 Teens worldwide. Rabbi Burg also served as the Managing Director of the OU overseeing its array of religious, youth, social action, educational, public policy and community development services, programs and activities. Rabbi Burg serves on the board of directors of the Yeshiva University High Schools. He is also a member of the Board of Education for the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey elementary school.

Errol Louis, NY1 Host of Inside City Hall

Errol Louis joined NY1 in November 2010 as political anchor and host of "Inside City Hall," the city’s premiere news program covering New York politics and government. He regularly interviews top newsmakers, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor Andrew Cuomo, among many others. Prior to joining NY1, Louis was a columnist and editorial board member of the New York Daily News.

Special Guest Moderators:
Sayu Bhojwani is the founder of The New American Leaders Project (NALP), the only national organization specifically focused on preparing first- and second-generation immigrants for civic leadership. For that work, she has been recognized by the Case Foundation as a Fearless Changemaker, honored by Citizens Union New York, and awarded the BMW Foundation's Young Leaders Award in 2013.  From 2002 to 2004, she was New York City's first Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs, under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and in 1997 she founded South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!), the first and only organization working with South Asian youth.

Sayu is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, CNN In America, and other online publications and currently serves on the boards of the National Immigration Forum and The Afterschool Corporation. She is completing her dissertation on immigrant civic engagement, at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Sayu also holds an M. A. in English Education and a M.Ed. in Comparative Education from Columbia University. Sayu was born in India and grew up in Belize. She moved to New York City in 1984, and currently lives there with her husband and daughter.

Erica González, Executive Editor, El Diaro/La Prensa

Erica Gonzalez is the executive editor for El Diario-La Prensa, the oldest Spanish-language daily newspaper in the country. As the executive editor, Erica develops and writes the paper’s editorial position on local and national issues. She edits weekly columnists, recruits guest writers, and initiates editorial board meetings with candidates for elected office and an array of organizations and leaders. Gonzalez has received two awards from the National Association of Hispanic Publications. She regularly represents El Diario-la Prensa on media panels and has appeared on CNN and Fox 5’s Good Day Street Talk.

William E. Rapfogel, Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty

William E. Rapfogel has served as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (Met Council) since 1992. During the past two decades, it has grown into one of New York City’s largest and most efficient non-profits.  Mr. Rapfogel’s advocacy and expertise on the evolving issues surrounding Jewish poverty has won praise and recognition at national, state and city levels, including White House recognition.  Through his leadership, Met Council continues to be on the cutting edge in its development of innovative comprehensive social services and community development to aid, sustain, and empower those in need.

Tod Sears, Founder, Out on the Street

Todd Sears is the founder of Out on the Street, the first LGBT leadership organization for Wall Street, by Wall Street. The mission of Out on the Street is to engage both gay and straight senior leaders in discussions around making the Street a destination for top talent, and to enhance the careers of LGBT senior leaders by creating connections to increase opportunities for business. Todd is one of the thought-leaders in next-generation diversity & inclusion. He is the founder and Principal of Coda Leadership Consulting LLC. A former investment banker at Schroders and DeSilva & Phillips, as well as a first-quintile financial advisor at Merrill Lynch, he brings an in-depth understanding of both the challenges facing senior leadership in corporations today, as well as how to leverage diversity initiatives to increase and retain market share.

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