B’nai Torah Congregation to Honor Local Leaders

JTS Chancellor Arnold Eisen to Deliver Keynote Address

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

December 4, 2008, Boca Raton, FL

Patricia and Jonathan Stein and Pamela and Robert Weinroth will be honored with The Jewish Theological Seminary’s prestigious Shin Award at an event cosponsored by JTS and B’nai Torah Congregation at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 16. Professor Arnold Eisen, chancellor of JTS, will deliver the keynote address, “Israel at 60 and Us.”

The Shin Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to Judaism and Jewish law through service to their community, synagogue, and JTS. The gala evening will take place at B’nai Torah, 6261 SW 18th Street, Boca Raton. Also attending as a special guest will be JTS Senior Rabbinic Fellow Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz. Emily and Stephen Grabelsky and Jill and Ted Deutch are honorary chairpersons.

Arnold M. Eisen is the seventh chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary. One of the world's foremost experts on American Judaism, Chancellor Eisen has worked closely for the past twenty years with synagogue and federation leadership around the country to analyze and address the issues of Jewish identity, the revitalization of Jewish tradition, the redefinition of the American Jewish community, and the strengthening of the connection between American Jews and Israel.

The Steins were born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and immigrated to the United States in 1978. They initially settled in St. Louis, Missouri, moving to Boca Raton in 1983, where Jonathan Stein practiced radiology at the Boca Community Hospital until his recent retirement. Founders of the Boca Raton Synagogue, the family joined B’nai Torah at the time of their daughter’s bat mitzvah, and they have been involved in the Conservative community ever since. They recently participated in the “Holywood Series,” part of the JTS Kollot: Voices of Learning adult education program led by Rabbi Berkowitz.

Robert and Pamela Weinroth are stalwart supporters of numerous professional and Jewish organizations. Mr. Weinroth is a member of the Florida Bar and a past member of its Board of Governors. He has served as financial secretary, treasurer, and vice president of B’nai Torah and currently chairs its Budget and Finance Committee. He also sits on the board of the Southeast Region of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, and is a member of the Executive Committee of South Florida’s Friends of Israel Defense Forces.

Mrs. Weinroth is a past chair of the Woodfield Country Club Lion of Judah Outreach program, and currently co-chairs both the Federation’s Metro Business Campaign and Joshua Society’s “Evening of Valor.” She is also a board member of the Levis Jewish Community Center. Together, the Weinroths have served on the boards of the Jewish Education Commission and Donna Klein Jewish Academy. They are also members of AIPAC’s Senate Club and Robert is a member of its National Council.

Tickets are $100 per person. Reservations are required. For further information or to RSVP, contact Carolyn Kantor or Joyce Liss at (561) 852-3454.