JTS and B’nai Torah Congregation Dinner to Honor Jill and Congressman Ted Deutch on December 9

Press Contact: Beatrice Mora
Office: (212) 678-8950
Email: bemora@jtsa.edu

December 9, 2013, New York, NY

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and B'nai Torah Congregation of Boca Raton will host a special dinner honoring Jill and Congressman Ted Deutch and celebrating learning, leadership, and vision at JTS on Monday, December 9, at 6:00 p.m. Professor Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor of JTS, will be the keynote speaker. He will be joined by honorary chairs Beatriz and Harold B. Jacobsohn, and co-chairs Alisa and Dr. Richard Cohen and Dr. Tobi and Rabbi David Steinhardt. Jill and Congressman Ted Deutch will be presented with JTS's prestigious Shin Award, which is given to outstanding individuals who embody a commitment to Jewish education and synagogue life. The dinner will be held at B'nai Torah Congregation at 6261 SW 18th Street. The cost to attend is $100 per person; RSVP by December 1 to Carolyn Kantor, director of Principal Gifts, at (561) 852-3453 or cakantor@jtsa.edu

Jill and Congressman Ted Deutch have lived in West Boca Raton and been active members of B'nai Torah Congregation since moving to South Florida in 1998. Their children Serena, Gabrielle, and Cole attended Camp Ramah Darom, and are active in area Kadima and United Synagogue Youth programs. 

Jill Deutch's thorough engagement with Jewish communal organizations in South Palm Beach County extends from her work for Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach to lay leadership at Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and involvement at both B'nai Torah and Congregation Shaarei Kodesh.

Congressman Ted Deutch represents Florida's 21st District in the US House of Representatives, and is a lifelong advocate for the Jewish community as the result of his own days at Camp Ramah, his work as a pro-Israel student activist, and his leadership roles in state and national Jewish organizations. He serves on both the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Judiciary Committee in Congress, where he has worked extensively on matters related to Iran's nuclear weapons program. He was named one of America's top 10 Jewish politicians to watch for by the Jewish Daily Forward, and now has the unique distinction of representing more Jews than any other member of Congress.

Arnold M. Eisen, one of the world's foremost authorities on American Judaism, is the seventh chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary. Since taking office in 2007, Chancellor Eisen has transformed the education of religious, pedagogical, professional, and lay leaders for Conservative Judaism and the vital religious center of North American Jewry, and enhanced JTS's notable reputation and global reach. The chancellor's JTS initiatives include dual-track degrees for rabbis and cantors; programs in early childhood, experiential, adult, and Israel education; an ambitious Arts Initiative; increased interdisciplinary teaching; the fully accredited and interreligious Center for Pastoral Education; the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue; and the Mitzvah Initiative.