The JCC Global family mourns the sudden death of its dear President, Mark Ramer of blessed memory and sends deep condolences to the entire Ramer family
Mark joined the JCC Global family some fifteen years ago and brought a breath of fresh air and enthusiasm to our cause. He loved the Jewish People and admired the work of Jewish communities around the world. He wanted to share his deep caring and knowledge with all Jews and felt blessed that he could do so. We travelled with him to the four corners of the world where he left a long-lasting impression on many leaders, some of whom became his personal friends for years to come.
For JCC Global he wanted only the best and urged us to think big and embark on a strategic plan and direction. During his tenure, JCC Global enjoyed the best of times with the fruits of the Amitim– Fellows program that reached thousands of Jews around the world. He loved the day to day work of JCC Global and was invested in every decision, big or small. Until his very last days he was so involved with the strategic plan and wanted to see it come to fruition.
We can’t speak of Mark in past tense as his image is so vivid and present in our lives. We can only fill our hearts with his memory and promise to continue working relentlessly to implement his vision of a vibrant network of world Jewry that brings meaning and inspiration to Jews in Israel, which was so dear to his heart, and around the world.
We send our deepest condolences to the Ramer family; may his memory be of blessing.
Menachem Revivi, JCC Global Chair
Jane Gellman, Past President
Ishie Gitlin, Honorary Chair
Linda and Jerry Spitzer, Honorary Presidents and Chairs
Smadar Bar-Akiva, Executive Director and Noa Tal, Program Director
And all the extended JCC Global family members in Israel and around the world
Mark Ramer, JCC Global President, was born in Wajbych, Poland, where his parents were liberated after WWII. At the age of four, the family spent a few months at a HIAS camp in Venice before moving to Israel. After three and a half years in Haifa, the family moved to New York. Mark was a graduate of NYU’s Dental School, practicing dentistry for ten years. He then made a career change and went into the realm of real estate. Mark was the current president of his synagogue: The Jewish Center of Atlantic Beach. Mark was the president of the Schechter Day School in Lawrence Long Island for fifteen years. He was a board member of the JCC of the Greater Five Towns, the Jewish Education Project and contributed to many charities.
Mark is survived by his wife, father, children and grandchildren who reside in New York