The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is pleased to announce a generous grant from Religious Leadership Advisory Board Chair Randie Malinsky and her husband, Aaron, to the incoming classes of The Rabbinical School and the H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music of JTS. Beginning in the academic year 2014–2015, the Randie and Aaron Malinsky Fellowship will provide a $5,000 living stipend to each first-year JTS rabbinical and cantorial student.
"The idea behind this stipend to all first-year rabbinical and cantorial students is to relieve the financial pressure students face in their hardest and perhaps most time-consuming year of study," Mr. and Mrs. Malinsky explain. "We hope that with this support, they can put their full focus and time toward mastery of a challenging curriculum."
The establishment of this fellowship follows the introduction of a new course schedule for the upcoming 2014-2015 year that will allow for more personalized, informal faculty supervision for each student via the Matthew Eisenfeld and Sara Duker Beit Midrash of JTS. The Malinskys have generously offered this source of financial support to enable all entering rabbinical and cantorial students to focus fully on their studies during the school week.
Mrs. Malinsky serves as chair of JTS's Rabbinical School Advisory Board, and has been a board member since its inception. Her other philanthropic leadership roles include the advisory boards of the Children's Aid Society, the Jewish Lens, and the Eglevsky Ballet. She has worked as buyer, merchandiser, and marketer for Waldbaum's, and as an interior designer, and creates one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry as a hobby. Mr. Malinsky runs a real estate development firm in New York City with his family. He has been a senior business executive and real estate investor and developer for more than 30 years, former positions including president of Waldbaum's and vice chair of A&P. His successes include the development of over 100 shopping centers throughout the metropolitan New York region, as well as a variety of residential and industrial projects.
Rabbi Daniel Nevins, dean of the Division of Religious Leadership, says, "Mr. and Mrs. Malinsky are constantly looking for ways to enhance the student experience at JTS. Mrs. Malinsky likes nothing better than coming to campus and interacting with students, and the students always feel uplifted by her interest and support. This latest gift will have an immediate impact on our students, making their first year of studies at JTS more productive and enjoyable. On behalf of all our students, I want to thank the Malinskys and their family for being such wonderful friends to JTS."
"Education in general, and Jewish education at JTS in particular, have long been the focus of our philanthropy," say Mr. and Mrs. Malinsky. "We have experienced the quality of leaders graduating from the rabbinical and cantorial schools of JTS, individuals with deep knowledge of our tradition and values, a passionate love for God, and a commitment to serve Jewish individuals and communities."
The Division of Religious Leadership consists of The Rabbinical School and the H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music, which educate rabbis and cantors to serve the Jewish people in diverse roles and settings in communities throughout North America and around the globe—including congregational settings, hospitals, recreational camps, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, the military, and a variety of innovative collaborations.