I was sitting at a service tonight listening to a dear friend Linda talk passionately about the importance of tough love for our children. Listening to her personal story of her own kids, her nephew, and how raising them to be the decent men they are today wasn’t always an easy trip, I reflected on […]
Author: Juda Engelmayer
Juda Engelmayer is President of HeraldPR and a founder and owner of Emerald.Digital, a full service public relations and crisis communications firm and a digital marketing firm, respectively.
Prior to beginning his own firm with business partner Warren Cohn, he oversaw the Corporate Communications/Public Affairs/Crisis Communications groups for 5WPR. He directed a team whose efforts were put to task for business, political, advocacy, and policy relates issues, as well as for individuals in national and international arenas. Juda publicly campaiged for clients, directed promotion and positioning, and handled issues of public discourse on corporate, financial, personal and philanthropy related matters.
He and his wife of more than 30 years Debra owned the 75 year old New York landmark Kossar's Bialy bakery on the Lower East Side from 1998 through 2013 when they sold the business.
Over his nearly 30 year career, previously, he served as executive vice president for media, marketing and public relations at a national food relief organization operating in 44 states and over 6000 communities where he oversaw every aspect of its marketing, from social media and email campaigns to community relations and crisis communications. Prior, he served as Chief Communications Officer for The American Jewish Congress.
Juda has also served as Vice President at Rubenstein Associates, the venerable New York PR firm, where he handled accounts spanning foreign governments, spiritual leaders, entertainers, non profits, healthcare and medical research clients. His career began as an aid to New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and then as the assistant director of the New York Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League. In 1993 he was appointed as an executive assistant to H. Carl McCall, the New York State Comptroller, where he handled advocacy, communications, and nonprofit prompt contracting matters, and was part of the campaign process that saw the first ever NY Statewide elected African American elected two times.
Muammar Qaddafi’s newest diplomatic theory on the Middle East appeared in the NY Times the other day. It took a while for me to read it; I had to re-read it too. When I finally finished it, I thought, “wow!” I’m not prepared to say that I agree with his solution, but I was shocked […]
I had a meeting today with a ranking member of the New York’s organizations dealing with hunger and food security. It was enlightening; a bit scary, but helpful in understanding the needs and the way in which those needs are being met, or not. To be fair, there are a lot of people who care. […]
Have we just witnessed history repeating itself? Did Israel back down without achieving any goal more significant than destruction of infrastructure? Israel seems to have pulled its forces away from Gaza and ended its operation against Hamas as a nod to the new American President. Yet, time can only tell what the net results of […]
Food security and the need to feed people today are important as food is becoming harder for some to obtain.
Atlantic Monthly writer Jeffrey Goldberg penned an op-ed in the NY Times yesterday that pretty much sums up the Arab Israel conflict in a way that too many peace seeking anti-Israel leftists often miss. In his travails through Hamas territory, Goldberg elicited the most honest interviews with Hamas leaders. The outcome: Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran and […]
Carter, at it again…
When I wrote this piece on the findings of that objective James Carter/James Baker study on how Israel is the root of all of the world’s problems, I erred in positioning it as a “Final Opportunity” for Jimmy. My hope that his senility would kick in and prevent any more idiocy from pouring out of […]
After 18 years in direct PR one way or another, it is time for a change.
WHAT ISRAEL needs is a new approach. One that will keep it important – central – to the lives and hearts of people around the world, living in an ever more secularized and assimilated society. Many young Israelis themselves, tired of living in a perpetual state of war and with internal religious struggles, no longer feel the Zionism of their elders.
Daunting questions stemming from as far back as Sabra and Shatila haunt Israelis. They continue with failed terrorist assassination attempts, bad press in Jenin, as well as in Gaza and Amona, the Second Lebanon War fiasco, and then the countless, pointless and absolutely heartbreaking collection of corruption stories on every level of Israel’s government and of every variety, from money to sex. Israel was supposed to be the savior of the Jewish people and the return to Zion that God promised in the Bible. Yet Jews are debating whether Israel today is that redemption from Diaspora. How to improve Israel’s image? The simple solution for now is better public relations.