Weiler, Jack D.

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WEILER, JACK D. (1904–1995), U.S. realtor and communal worker. Weiler, who grew up in New York City, held leadership positions in several Jewish organizations, particularly in the uja since its inception in 1939. From 1953 he was a national chairman of the organization. He represented the uja in this capacity on the Joint Distribution Committee and became the committee's vice chairman and director. Also on the ujas Executive Committee, the organization's top policy-making body, he became chairman of trustees for the Greater New York uja, a select group of New York community leaders. A real estate man, Weiler joined with his brother-in-law, Benjamin *Swig, in 1937 to form one of the most successful real estate firms in the country, with one office in San Francisco and another in New York. The partners bought and sold real estate in cities throughout the United States. He also served as chairman of the finance committee for Senator Herbert H. Lehman in 1950 and for New York City Mayor Robert Wagner in 1956. Weiler's holdings included 5 million square feet in New York City; 1.5 million in California; and a community of more than 2,000 homes on the southern ridge of Jerusalem.

Other organizations in which Weiler held leadership positions include the State of Israel Bond Organization, the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, the New York Board of Rabbis, and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Some of the institutions that Weiler contributed to are the Jack D. Weiler Hospital of Yeshiva University's Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City; the chaplaincy of the New York Board of Rabbis; and, in Israel, the architecture department of Bezalel Academy of Art, and the Jack D. Weiler Fund for Research into Halakhic Philosophy at Bar-Ilan University.