By Stephen E. Lipken
Scott Richman, 49, has proven to be an asset to the Westchester Jewish Community, not only through his leadership role as Executive Director of the Westchester/Fairfield Regional Office of American Jewish Committee (AJC) since 2009 but for his popular, educational WVOX 1460 AM radio show “AJC Live,” airing on first and third Monday’s from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m.
“In November 2014 I returned from a trip to Israel with a group of New York-based diplomats and was interviewed on the WVOX ‘Rabbi and the Judge’ program with Rabbi Amiel Wohl and Judge Samuel Fredman. The Station President William O’Shaughnessy overheard the interview. He came to me afterwards and said, ‘We have to get you your own show.’
“As fate would have it AJC was honoring Sam Fredman at our Learned Hand Dinner. My first show interviewed the current and past Presidents of AJC. There is an archive, www.ajc.org/westfair/ajclive where you can find links to all the shows. You can stream it live from anywhere in the world.
“I have covered anti-Semitism; Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS); Israel and interfaith relations. I interviewed Deborah Lipstadt who was sued by David Irving for libel when she criticized his denying the Holocaust, culminating in her autobiographical book, Denial which was made into a movie and Bernard-Henri Levy, author of 40 books including Genius of Judaism and an AJC Forum Speaker in Washington, D.C.
“AJC represents the American Jewish community from a wide range of perspectives including human rights, civil rights, democracy and pluralism.”
Richman was the Former Soviet Union (FSU) Desk Director for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), New York City from March 1996 until December 2005, traveling every two months to Siberia, Kazakhstan and other Russian communities, helping rebuild Jewish life after the fall of Communism.
Shortly before assuming his present position, Richman was the first Executive Director of Dor Chadash, an organization that has created a vibrant Jewish community of more than 12,000 young professionals in New York, based on a shared connection to Israel through programming and volunteer opportunities.