JTS to Honor Community Leaders at New Jersey Regional Dinner

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

April 12, 2010, Caldwell, NJ

New Jersey community leaders Ned Gladstein, Rabbi Michael B. Greenbaum, and Robin and Steven Rogers will be honored at The Jewish Theological Seminary’s (JTS) 2010 New Jersey Annual Awards Dinner. The evening of dinner and conversation will be held on Monday, April 26, at Congregation Agudath Israel, Caldwell.

Mr. Gladstein will receive the Eternal Light Award, Rabbi Greenbaum will receive the Rabbi Louis Finkelstein Rabbinic Leadership Award, and Mr. and Mrs. Rogers will receive the Erich Holzer Community Service Award. The evening will commence at 6:30 p.m. with a reception, followed by a buffet dinner at 7:00 p.m. The program and awards ceremony will begin at 8:00 p.m., with a dessert reception to follow.

As part of the evening's program, Professor Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor of JTS; Dr. Stephen M. Cohen, research professor of Jewish Social Policy at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; and Rachel Gildiner, senior associate at Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, will discuss “Texting Torah: Conservative Judaism in the 21st Century.”

ngMr. Gladstein, a JTS trustee since 2006 and chair of the Institutional Partnerships Committee, is a former chair and current member of The Rabbinical School Advisory Board and president of Sunrise ShopRite Inc. in West Caldwell, New Jersey. He is also an executive officer and member of the board of directors of Wakefern Food Corporation. A member of Congregation Agudath Israel of West Essex, New Jersey, he is a past president and current trustee. A Garden State native, Mr. Gladstein is also vice president of Masorti Olami, the World Council of Conservative/Masorti Synagogues, and sits on the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary Board of Trustees in Jerusalem. He and his wife Jane created the Gladstein Rabbinic Fellowship at The Rabbinical School of JTS to provide an opportunity for an intensive experience in practical rabbinics and community development for the rabbi-in-training, while offering growing congregations the rabbinic leadership they need.

mgRabbi Greenbaum, vice chancellor and chief operating officer of JTS, is also an assistant professor of Educational Administration, teaching courses in nonprofit management, leadership theory and practice, and the history of the Conservative Movement. Rabbi Greenbaum works closely with Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen on a wide range of JTS and Conservative Movement issues and activities, both here and abroad, and represents JTS on numerous boards and committees of the Conservative Movement. Born in New Jersey, Rabbi Greenbaum and his wife Cindy have four children and two grandchildren. They reside in Teaneck, New Jersey, where they are members of Congregation Both Sholom.

Robin and Steven Rogers reside in Tenafly, New Jersey, with their three children, Jason, Alec, and Jamie. Mrs. Rogers is currently the New York metro area manufacturer’s representative for Coach Eyewear. As an active member of Temple Emanu-El of Closter, New Jersey, she has lent her many skills to various committees and events, including the temple’s annual dinner and dance gala, Hanukkah boutique, and High Holy Days youth programming. Mr. Rogers is general counsel of Rising Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and recently concluded six years as an officer of Temple Emanu-El, including serving as president from 2007 to 2009. The primary focus of his presidency was the engagement of youth and teens in Conservative Judaism.

Tickets are $150 per person. Please RSVP by April 21 (April 15 for journal ads) to Marsha Sesskin at (212) 678-8935.