Communal Leaders to Be Honored by JTS Torah Fund

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

October 24, 2006, New York, NY

Roz Goldstine and Ethel W. Schwartz will receive the prestigious JTS Torah Fund Binah Award at a luncheon on Tuesday, November 14 at the Horizons Rooftop Ballroom in Philadelphia. Arnold M. Eisen, Chancellor–elect of The Jewish Theological Seminary, will be the guest speaker. The event is just one of the many highlights of the Women's League Bienniel Convention, taking place November 12–15.

The Binah (insight and understanding) Award honors individuals for their distinguished record of loyalty to the values and ideals of JTS, the academic and spiritual center of Conservative Judaism worldwide.

The mission of Women's League for Conservative Judaism is to strengthen and unite synagogue women's groups and their members; support them in mutual efforts to understand and perpetuate Conservative Judaism in the home, synagogue and community, and reinforce their bonds with Israel and with Jews worldwide. The Torah Fund Campaign supports JTS, the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, and the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Israel.

Born, raised, and educated in Philadelphia, Goldstine spent her adult life in Los Angeles, where she has been active in many Jewish organizations. Her many leadership positions include serving on the Board of Directors and on the Ritual, Blumenthal Library, and Adult Education Committees at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, on the Board of Directors of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and the Masorti Foundation, and on the International Board of Governors of the Schechter Institute. Past President of the Pacific Southwest Branch of Women's League and a National Board member, Goldstine is a long–time supporter of Torah Fund and a current scholarship donor.

A long–time New York City resident currently residing in Boynton Beach, Florida, Schwartz was the first woman elected to the Board of Directors at the Jewish Center of Kew Garden Hills in Queens, New York. Former National Vice–President and President of North Shore Long Island Branch of Women's League, she currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Florida Branch. She is a member of three Sisterhoods as well as Hadassah, Mercaz, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and the US Holocaust Museum. Schwartz and her husband first visited the Soviet Union in 1963 and held clandestine meetings with Jews. Upon their return, she gave some of the first public lectures on this subject. Reservations are required.

A minimum gift of $1,200 to Torah Fund is required to attend the luncheon, which is free to those registered for the Women's League Convention. There is a couvert of $45 for those not attending the convention. For further information, call Carolyn Baron at (212) 678–8876 or email .

Editors/Reporters: To cover the Binah Awards luncheon, please contact Sherry Kirschenbaum in the Department of Communications at (212) 678–8953 or email.

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