UJA-Federation of New York mourns the passing of Ernest W. (Ernie) Michel, a major historic figure whose powerful story of resilience and professional leadership left an enduring imprint on the Jewish people. A Holocaust survivor, Ernie devoted himself to Jewish communal service for over six decades. In 1947, he joined the staff of the United Jewish Appeal, where he served as its executive vice president from 1970-1989 and oversaw the merger that created UJA-Federation of New York. Ernie was the chairman of the World Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors in Israel, bringing together 6,000 survivors and their families from across the world. He negotiated with the Mormon Church for the withdrawal from Church records of Jewish Holocaust victims posthumously baptized. An acclaimed author, lecturer, and visionary leader, Ernie kept his promise to bear witness and help the Jewish people worldwide. We extend our deepest condolences to Ernie's wife, Amy Goldberg Michel; his children, Lauren Shachar (Chaim), Joel Michel (Terry), Karen Daniels (Brian); his sister, Lotte Rein; his grandchildren; and the entire family. Alisa R. Doctoroff, President Linda Mirels, Chair of the Board Eric S. Goldstein, CEO
Published in New York Times on May 9, 2016.