David Drimer

KINGSTON– The Jewish Federation of Ulster County (UCJF) has announced David Drimer as the new executive director according to Rondavid Gold, UCJF board president. He started the full time position on April 1.

Drimer is a former national executive director of the  Zionist Organization of America (ZOA),  and former associate publisher and general manager of the Forward, an historic national Jewish newspaper. He is also the co-founder of  National Holocaust Awareness Institute  (NHAIonline.org), a start-up not-for-profit established to address ignorance of the Holocaust among the Millennial, Gen Z, and younger generations.

Drimer has held C-level positions at domestic and international not-for-profit and for-profit enterprises. He has been a publisher, marketing executive, and creative director in both the Economist Group and Knight-Ridder newspapers.

Drimer received a bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., where he also served as assistant director of admissions. He served on the audit committee of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) and the board of directors of the Deadline Club (NY chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists). He was chairman of the board of the Global Press Institute.

Drimer points to the increasing population influx in Ulster County due to the pandemic as one factor driving the Ulster Federation’s continued mission. “We perceive for many considering full or even part-time residency in our county, a safe environment with a solid Jewish infrastructure will be a factor in relocating here. UCJF will continue as it always has in joining with synagogues, social service agencies, schools, and other not-for-profits to ensure that Ulster becomes ever more synonymous with the idea, ‘Ulster is a great Jewish place to live,’” he said.

Another area of focus Drimer characterized as, “a disturbing lack of knowledge among the Millennial demographic across the country on the scope, origins and horror of the Holocaust.

“‘Never again’ begins with adequate education. It is painfully obvious that this essential task has been startlingly neglected in our schools. Some states have already passed legislation mandating Holocaust education. UCJF is actively weighing how to address this phenomenon. Soon, we hope to announce a robust initiative to answer the challenge,” he added.

Information about the Jewish Federation of Ulster County, is available at 845-338-8131 or by visiting www.ucjf.org.