The Board of Trustees of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) has elected a new member, Ruth Hendel.
"We're delighted that Ruth Hendel has joined the Board of Trustees," said Abby Joseph Cohen, chair of JTS's Board of Trustees. "Ruth previously brought her creative energy to the JTS Arts Initiative and to the advisory board of our world-class Library. JTS will continue to benefit from her broad social commitment and insights on the essential role of Jewish educational institutions in the wider community."
"JTS is honored by the addition of Ruth Hendel to its Board of Trustees. She is an outstanding leader in the arts community who cares passionately about JTS, and has demonstrated her dedication to this institution in numerous ways. We know that she will make critical contributions to the work of our board, and will advance the mission of JTS in the years ahead through her creativity, insight, and commitment," said Marc Gary, executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer of JTS.
Ruth Hendel has been an active producer of multiple award-winning plays and musicals both regionally and on and off Broadway for nearly a decade. One of her favorite achievements has been coproducing the acclaimed Broadway musical Fela!-which was nominated for 11 Tonys and won three, among other theatrical awards-with her husband, Stephen Hendel. Ms. Hendel serves on the boards of The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary, the JTS Arts Initiative, the Labyrinth Theater Company, the Play Company, the Yale School of Drama, and the Theatre Communications Group National Council. She is vice chair of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Ms. Hendel and her husband received JTS's Louis B. Marshall Award in 2011, as well as numerous honors and awards from a range of arts and culture organizations. Ms. Hendel holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut, and a master's degree in Communication from Northwestern University. She resides in Larchmont, New York, and is a congregant of Westchester Jewish Center.