This is the speech given by John Ruskay to the annual meeting of UJA-Federation of New York on December 8, 1999, shortly after he assumed the position of executive vice president and CEO. He states that we meet at an extraordinary moment in Jewish history. In New York, large segments of our community enjoy unprecedented affluence, influence, and acceptance. Beholding the external circumstance, one might wonder what challenges define our future. I do not spend much time pondering this question. First, because there is much yet to be done in the vineyards that have consumed our passions; and second, there are new emerging opportunities that command our attention. We are at an important turning point in our history as an organization and, more importantly, as a people.