JTS to Honor Palm Beach Gardens Leaders in Florida

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950
Email: nijacobson@jtsa.edu

March 3, 2006, New York, NY

Marian and Irving Wiseman, community and synagogue leaders at Temple Beth David, will receive the prestigious Jewish Theological Seminary Eternal Light Award at an event in their honor at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 16. The event will take place at the synagogue, which is located at 4657 Hood Road in Palm Beach Gardens. Dr. Ismar Schorsch, the outgoing Chancellor of JTS, will be the keynote speaker.

Mr. Wiseman served as a Board Member at the Rhode Island Jewish Community Center in Providence; Temple Emmanuel, Wakefield, Rhode Island; and The Rabbinical School.

Together, the Wisemans are active members of Temple Beth David, where they were involved in the construction and underwrote the new school building. They also support the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach's annual drive and Israel Bonds. Additionally, they have held numerous positions in philanthropic associations and have served on volunteer boards for various arts, educational, religious, and medical institutions, including funding the Chest Pain Center at Miriam Hospital in Providence and establishing an endowment fund at Women and Infants Hospital, also in Providence, to support a neonatal intensive care unit. In appreciation for the Wisemans' dedication to Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, an endowment scholarship was established in their name.

The Wisemans have encouraged youngsters to achieve their greatest potential by providing funds for such institutions as the Children's Art School in Newport, Rhode Island, and the Ballet Children's Program, Yates Children's Musical Theatre, and the Great Wood Educational Foundation, all in Boston. The Irving A. and Marian Wiseman Charitable Foundation created the first Endowed Chair for learning–disabled children through the Two/Ten International Footwear Foundation.

The cost of the event is $100 per person; RSVPS are required. For further information and to RSVP, please contact Nina Finkel at (561) 852–3454 or email.

Editors/Reporters: To cover the Eternal Light Award event, please contact Sherry S. Kirschenbaum in the Department of Communications at (212) 678–8953 or email.

Founded in 1886 as a rabbinical school, The Jewish Theological Seminary today is the academic and spiritual center of Conservative Judaism worldwide, encompassing a world–class library and five schools. JTS trains tomorrow's religious, educational, academic and lay leaders for the Jewish community and beyond.

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