Community and synagogue leaders Pearl and Nathan Halegua will be honored by The Jewish Theological Seminary and Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn Heights at a breakfast at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 23. The event will take place at the synagogue, Roslyn Road at Northern State Parkway. Professor Arnold Eisen, Chancellor of JTS, will be the guest speaker.
Nathan and Pearl Halegua have been members of Temple Beth Sholom for twenty-five years. They have worked on programs individually and as a couple, and both have held board and committee leadership positions at TBS.
Born in Salonika, Greece, a son of Holocaust survivors, Mr. Halegua received his bachelor’s degree from Queens College and his master’s degree in Education and Administration from Michigan State University. He is the president and CEO of Jonis Realty Management, a real estate development and management firm in Great Neck, New York.
Mrs. Halegua also received her bachelor’s degree from Queens College, majoring in Education, with minors in History and Mathematics. She earned a master’s degree from Hofstra University in Math, Science, and Technology. A teacher in the city school system for many years, she was named Teacher of the Year by the New York City Board of Education in 2004. Mrs. Halegua currently serves on the advisory board of IDEAS at Hofstra University. She is also the founder and president of the Long Island/New York chapter of JAFCO, Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options.
Mr. Halegua has served on the Board of Trustees of TBS, the committee for the modernization of the religious school, the TBS Capital Campaign Fundraising Committee, and the JTS Breakfast Committee. He has successfully co-chaired the TBS Golf Outing since its inception and was an honoree in 2006. Mrs. Halegua has been very active in PTA and Sisterhood, where she is currently vice president of programming, and has served on the Capital Campaign Committee and the Board of Trustees. This year will mark her sixth term as chair of the TBS Yom Hasho’ah Committee.
Together, the Haleguas have sponsored a course on ethics and tolerance and a professorship in Greek and Sephardic Jewish Studies at Queens College and serve on the board of the Queens College Jewish Studies Center. The Haleguas have two sons.
Arnold M. Eisen is the seventh chancellor of JTS. 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, and the redefinition of the American Jewish community. A product of the Conservative Movement, Chancellor Eisen has long been well known as a passionate advocate of strengthening the connection between American Jews and Israel. Chancellor Eisen received a PhD in the History of Jewish Thought from Hebrew University; a BPhil in the Sociology of Religion at Oxford University; and a BA in Religious Thought from the University of Pennsylvania.