JTS to Honor Community Leaders at Dessert Reception in Dix Hills

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

May 11, 2006, New York, NY

Community leaders William I. and Fay Kaplowitz and Harvey and Miriam Finkelstein will be honored by The Jewish Theological Seminary and the Dix Hills Jewish Center at a brunch at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 11 at the congregation. Rabbi Ezra Finkelstein will be the keynote speaker.

The event will benefit JTS, the academic and spiritual center of Conservative Judaism worldwide, encompassing a world-class library and five schools and training tomorrow's religious, educational, academic, and lay leaders for the Jewish community and beyond.

William I. and Fay Kaplowitz will receive the Ner Tamid (Eternal Light) Award, presented to individuals in honor of their dedication, leadership, and vision that serve as inspiration for the next generation. William and Fay Kaplowitz have been beloved members of Dix Hills Jewish Center for the past nineteen years — the same number of years "Willie," as his synagogue family calls him, has devotedly served on the Ritual Committee. Mr. Kaplowitz regularly helps organize the daily minyan and often facilitates shivah minyans. A veteran of World War II and retired business owner, Mr. Kaplowitz was able to secure permission and transportation for the fifty-five Jewish men in his company to attend synagogue while overseas.

Mrs. Kaplowitz is a retired teacher who taught on both the high school and college levels, most recently as Assistant Professor in the Business Department of SUNY Farmingdale. The couple, who have two children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, have also been honored by Israel Bonds and are members of JASA – Suffolk JCC.

Harvey and Miriam Finkelstein will receive the Shin Award, presented to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to Judaism and Jewish law through service to their community, synagogue, and JTS. The Finkelsteins work together in Pain Care of Long Island, their family medical practice, where Harvey is Director and Miriam, a licensed aesthetician originally from Beer Sheva, Israel, is currently Director of the business office. Director Emeritus of the Department of Anesthesia at Plainview Hospital, Harvey Finkelstein is a graduate of Clark University and the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University. The Finkelsteins have three children.

The couvert is $54 per person. Reservations are required by Monday, June 5. For further information and to RSVP, please contact Bonnie Epstein at (516) 496-9525 or email.

Editors/Reporters: For further information about the dessert reception or JTS, contact Sherry S. Kirschenbaum, Director of Media Relations, at (212) 678-8953 or email.

Founded in 1886 as a rabbinical school, The Jewish Theological Seminary today is the academic and spiritual center of Conservative Judaism worldwide, encompassing a world–class library and five schools. JTS trains tomorrow's religious, educational, academic and lay leaders for the Jewish community and beyond.

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