TO the best of my memory, Denver Jewry has produced three heads of major national Jewish organizations: Bob Loup, head of UJA; Sheldon K. Beren, head of Torah Umesorah; and now, Barry Curtiss-Lusher, head of ADL.
Curtiss-Lusher’s term began in Nov., 2012 and will extend to Nov., 2015.
He is national chair during ADL’s centenary year. It (like the IJN) was founded in 1913.
Curtiss-Lusher sat with me for an interview this week, and I wondered, not facetiously, whether he still works. Everyone knows how much time even a local shul presidency takes up — multiply that many times for a national presidency. Don’t these national jobs become full time?
“I still work — between midnight and 2 a.m., and on airplanes and at other lucky moments. Like last week, when I actually got to be in Denver, and that’s only because it was Pesach — but in the middle of Pesach I went to Boston for the ADL youth congress. Fifteen hundred kids come from all over New England as part of the No Place for Hate Program.”