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SLIFKA--Alan B., a prominent New York investment manager and philanthropist died on Friday, February 4, 2011 at home after a battle with cancer. Mr. Slifka is survived by his beloved wife Riva Ariella Ritvo-Slifka, his sister Barbara Slifka, his children, Michael, Randolph (Jan), and David (Michele) Slifka, his stepchildren Torrie, Skye and Max Ritvo and his grandchildren Grace Gill, Joshua Slifka and Braylan Ritvo. Born in New York City in 1929, Mr. Slifka graduated from the Fieldston School, received his B.S. from Yale in 1951, and his M.B.A. from Harvard in 1953. In 2003, he received an honorary Doctorate from Brandeis University and also in 2008 Mr. Slifka received an Honorary Doctorate in the field of Coexistence from Haifa University. Mr. Slifka was the founder and co-chairman of Halcyon Asset Management LLC. He was also the founding chairman of the Big Apple Circus which became an institution in New York. In 1989 he co-founded The Abraham Fund Initiatives, which is the first not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to further coexistence between Israel's Jewish and Arab citizens. At the time of his death, he was an honorary trustee of the Abraham Joshua Heschel School in NY. Mr. Slifka was instrumental in the development and expansion of the school. Additionally, he was a member of the boards of the Jewish Funders Network, the Tannenbaum Center, the Interfaith Center, and the American Jewish Congress. In 2001, Mr. Slifka established the Slifka Program on Intercommunal Coexistence at Brandeis University. Mr. Slifka was passionate about and committed to coexistence, Judaism, and Israel. He founded the Alan B. Slifka Foundation through which he could impact his love for Israel and his commitment to Jewish life and coexistence. We, the Slifka family, will deeply mourn Alan's loss. He was our strong and loving leader, always inspiring us to serve humanity, grow in our faith, and embrace and respect differences. We will continue his mission of Tikun Olam. The funeral service will be private. A memorial service will be held at B'nai Jeshurun synagogue on April 10th, 2011 at 11am. For more information please call 212-303-9442. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Abraham Fund Initiatives, The Big Apple Circus or the Abraham Joshua Heschel School.

Published in The New York Times on Feb. 6, 2011