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Jay Yoskowitz, American Technion Society Official

Jay Yoskowitz, a Jewish communal leader who most recently served as senior vice president of the American Technion Society, died suddenly May 2 from heart failure.

Yoskowitz suffered a fatal heart attack in his Scarsdale, N.Y., home just hours after attending the double funeral of his parents, who had passed away within hours of each other from separate illnesses. Both parents were in their 90s.

In addition to his seven-year stint at the ATS, Yoskowitz served as associate executive vice chairman and executive vice chairman of United Israel Appeal, senior associate executive vice president/chief operating officer and executive vice president of Council of Jewish Federations, and executive director of the Jewish federations in Greenwich, Conn., and Des Moines, Iowa.

“He was a highly committed Zionist and saw Israel very much at the center of his personal and professional life,” said Melvyn Bloom, the ATS’s executive vice president. He added: “In addition to his management skills, he was widely known and felt to be a caring person. Mensch was the operative word with Jay.”

Yoskowitz is survived by his wife, Janet; his three children, Seth, Joy and Rebecca, and his brother, Rabbi Herbert Yoskowitz.

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