David Grubin, creator of the PBS series The Jewish Americans, will moderate a panel discussion based on his documentary at The Jewish Theological Seminary’s 2008 New Jersey Regional Dinner. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, and take place at Temple Emanu-El, 180 Piermont Road, Closter, New Jersey.
Community leaders Jack and Lynne Hendler of Closter and Rabbi Joel Roth of Englewood will be honored at the event. The panelists will include Professor Arnold M. Eisen, Chancellor of JTS; Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz, Irving Lehrman Research Associate Professor of American Jewish History and dean of the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies at JTS and author of The Rabbi's Wife: The Rebbetzin in American Jewish Life; and Rabbi Alan Silverstein, Congregation Agudath Israel, Caldwell.
The Hendlers will receive the Erich Holzer Community Service Award, which honors the achievements and memory of Erich Holzer, a long-standing and prominent community leader.
The son of Holocaust survivors, Jack Hendler, over the course of nearly four decades, founded several companies, most notably Net Worth Solutions, an investment banking firm that specializes in mergers and acquisitions for consumer products and retail. He also served in many senior executive positions in the retail, commercial real estate, and fashion industries, and has been quoted in Women’s Wear Daily and Crain’s. He serves as a board member of the advisory board of the Rusk Institute at NYU Medical Center, a trustee of the Jefferson Awards, and a member of the Lincoln Center Business Council. In addition to his work for the American Jewish Committee, he sits on the committees of the American Jewish Congress, ORT, B’nai B’rith, and the National Jewish Hospital. He was named “Man of the Year” by the Chabad Vocational School in Israel.
After graduating from Albany Law School of Union University, Lynne Greenwald Hendler was appointed clerk of the Appellate Division of New York State, after which she joined the Legal Department of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. That company ultimately became JPMorgan Chase, where she currently holds the position of vice president and assistant general counsel. Specializing in bankruptcy law, she has more than twenty years of experience in high-stakes, high-profile projects, such as the restructuring of Chrysler, General Motors, Enron, Worldcom, and United Airlines. As an active member of Temple Emanu-El, she has lent her leadership skills to various committees and events, including this year’s very successful fashion show. Like her husband, she is a lifetime ORT and B’nai B’rith member, and helps advance numerous charitable causes.
Rabbi Joel Roth will receive the Rabbi Louis Finkelstein Rabbinic Leadership Award, presented in honor of the former chancellor, Louis Finkelstein. JTS presents this award for exemplary leadership and dedication to klal Yisrael through service to the greater Jewish community and JTS.
Rabbi Roth is Louis Finkelstein Professor of Talmud and Jewish Law at JTS. He also serves as chair of the Department of Hebrew Language and as Rosh Yeshiva of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. In addition to his teaching posts at JTS, Rabbi Roth has held four key administrative positions, serving as dean of students of Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies (formerly called Seminary College), director of the Melton Research Center for Jewish Education, and as both associate dean and dean of The Rabbinical School.
An expert in halakhah (Jewish law), Dr. Roth was appointed to the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards in 1978 and served until December 2006, including a period of eight years as chair. In addition to articles and response for the committee, he has written The Halakhic Process: A Systemic Analysis and Sefer ha-Mordecai: Tractate Kiddushin. Dr. Roth received a BA from Wayne State University in his home town of Detroit. He also participated in the Herbert H. Lehman Institute of Talmudic Ethics, a special studies program. He received his master’s degree at JTS, where he was ordained in 1968. That same year, Rabbi Roth was appointed to the faculty at JTS as he continued his studies toward a PhD in Talmud, which he received in 1973.
Tickets are $225 per person. The reservation deadline is May 19 or April 30 for journal ads. Further information and reservations may be obtained by contacting Rebekah Raz, JTS New Jersey Regional Director, at (212) 678-8935.