JTS to Honor Visionary Leader Gershon Kekst at Louis B. Marshall Award Dinner

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

October 15, 2009, New York, NY

Gershon Kekst, founder and chairman of Kekst and Company and visionary chair of The Jewish Theological Seminary’s Board of Trustees for eighteen dynamic and innovative years, will receive the Louis B. Marshall Award at an event in his honor on Wednesday, November 4. Hosted by JTS, the gala will take place at The Waldorf=Astoria.

Abby Joseph Cohen, JTS board chair, is honorary dinner chair. Co-chairs include James Fingeroth, Alan Levine, Lawrence Rand, Robert S. Rifkind, Gerald Rosenfeld, Steve Roth, and Joan and Sanford I. Weill.

Mr. Kekst, who joined the JTS board in 1989, presided over the creation of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education, the largest pluralistic graduate program of its kind in the United States, the dedication of the Women’s League Seminary Synagogue, and the appointment of JTS Chancellor Arnold Eisen. He also oversaw the development of new JTS partnerships around the world, within the Conservative Movement, and across the American Jewish community, and is a longtime advocate of interfaith outreach, most recently to the Muslim community.

A steadfast benefactor of Jewish, educational, scientific, and cultural causes, Mr. Kekst also serves on the boards of Brandeis University, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting—WNET Thirteen, Montefiore Medical Center, the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. An honorary vice president of the American Jewish Committee, Mr. Kekst was recently elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Founded in 1970, Kekst and Company is a consulting firm specializing in corporate and financial communications, including strategic planning, crisis management, issues advocacy, litigation support, and transaction support. The firm’s clients reach across nearly every industry—from financial services, telecommunications, high tech, energy, and retail to manufacturing, venture capital, pharmaceutical, and media and entertainment—and range from large, global companies, to smaller, privately held businesses. Regardless of a client’s industry or size, Kekst and Company’s mission is to work closely with management to help build effective communications strategies and programs that support the client’s strategic business objectives and manage complex, high-profile or sensitive business challenges in which communicating effectively is critical.

Established in 1956, the Louis B. Marshall Award was conceived to recognize those men and women who demonstrate the exemplary ethics and communal commitment that Louis Marshall embodied. He was an esteemed constitutional lawyer and a prominent figure in the Jewish community, passionately committed to JTS, where he led the board as chairman from 1904 until his death in 1929.

Further information, including table and ticket options, is available by contacting Sally Sullivan at (212) 678-8924 or events@jtsa.edu. JTS is pleased to donate excess food from this event to City Harvest.