JTS to Honor Religious Leaders at Brunch

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950
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April 10, 2006, Forest Hills, NY

Rabbi Morris Friedman and Hazzan Erno Grosz, religious and community leaders, will be honored by The Jewish Theological Seminary and Dix Hills Jewish Center at a brunch at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 30, 2006 at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106–06 Queens Boulevard. Cantor Henry Rosenblum, Dean of the H.L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music of The Jewish Theological Seminary, will be the guest speaker.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik and Hazzan Adam Frei are Honorary Chairs; Judy and Jack Gostl and Candice and Carl Koerner are Co–Chairs.

Rabbi Feldman served as spiritual leader of the Little Synagogue at Forest Hills Jewish Center for eight years and Kew Gardens Anshe Sholom Jewish Center for thirteen years prior to his retirement in 2002. Previously, he served as Executive Director of the Metropolitan Region of United Synagogue of America for many years, where he was responsible for youth and educational programs serving 165 congregations with a membership of more than 50,000 families.

Rabbi Feldman’s previous pulpits include Temple Israel in Orlando, Florida, where under his leadership, membership grew from 150 to more than 400 families, a new building was completed, and educational programs were expanded. While in Florida, he was a founder of a national award–winning television series, The Moral Issues of Our Times, served on mayoral commissions and headed the Orlando Ministerial Association. Author of Emergence of Judaism from Earliest Times to the Middle Ages, Rabbi Feldman is a member of the American Academy of Social Workers and the Rabbinical Assembly.

Cantor Grosz was born in Debrecen, Hungary. He assumed his first cantorial position at age nineteen at The Jewish Theological Seminary in Budapest, where he also received his diploma of hazzan. In 1957, Cantor Grosz immigrated to the United States, and received a second diploma of hazzan from JTS. Only a year after his graduation, Cantor Grosz assumed the position of Hazzan of the Forest Hills Jewish Center, where he served for more than thirty–six years.

This year, Cantor Grosz received an honorary doctor of music degree from JTS. He is also the recipient of two certificates of appreciation from JTS as well as being an honorary fellow of the Cantors Institute. Cantor Grosz is the recipient of the Torch of Liberty Award from the Anti–Defamation League and the Gila and Haim Wiener Foundation Certificate Award as Master Cantor. Cantor Grosz is a member of the Cantors Assembly, where he served as an Executive Council member and Chairman of the Placement Committee, while also establishing, with his wife Anna, two cantorial student scholarships.

Admission is a minimum gift of $25 per person. Reservations are required by Friday, April 21. For further information and to RSVP, please contact Bonnie Epstein at (516) 496–9525 or email.

Editors/Reporters: For further information, 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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