GUIDING FORDHAM’S FUTURE

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THE CLERGY To more than 8,000 students and many faculty members, the West 60th to 62nd Street area is a base of operations for those who filter through Fordham University’s Manhattan campus every day. To most Upper West Siders, though, Fordham’s outpost between Columbus and Amsterdam avenues is an obscured outcropping of academia tucked to [&hellip
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A WEST SIDE BLOCK AND BEYOND

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THE CLERGY Most synagogues can be categorized by the makeup of their congregation. But with a constituency as diverse as that at Ohab Zedek, Rabbi Allen Schwartz must fill many different roles. In his 20 years leading the Upper West Side congregation, Schwartz has proven an effective teacher, administrator, social activist, community organizer and sanitation [&hellip
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A REGAL ACTIVIST

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COMMUNITY BUILDERS As National Director for Equal Employment Opportunity at Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Joyce S. Johnson was nicknamed “Duchess” for her manner and style. “We were out there in Las Vegas with the sales folks and the bigwigs. You know, it’s the liquor industry,” she laughed, “and I guess they saw me as [&hellip
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A TOP TENANT LEADER

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COMMUNITY BUILDERS Margarita Curet moved to Amsterdam Houses in 1960, so if anyone knows and loves the cluster of 24 buildings between 61st and 64th streets at Amsterdam Avenue, she does. When Curet arrived 48 years ago, two of her children were very small; another two were born at Amsterdam. Though all four have grown [&hellip
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CREATIVE COMMUNITY THINKING

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COMMUNITY BUILDERS Helen Rosenthal says her mission has been to put the “community” back in the community board. It was community outreach that made her former job, overseeing health care budgets under Mayors Koch, Dinkins and Guiliani, come alive. “What made it real was going to individual hospitals,” she said, “seeing their working conditions and [&hellip
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