JTS to Honor Philanthropic and Business Leader at Community-Wide Dinner

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May 9, 2008, Elkins Park, PA

Bennett Goldstein, a member of more than eighty fraternal and philanthropic organizations, will be honored at The Jewish Theological Seminary's 2008 Community-Wide Awards Dinner. The event will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 12 at Beth Sholom Congregation, 8231 Old York Road, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. Professor Arnold M. Eisen, Chancellor of JTS, will be the guest speaker.

Arnold M. Eisen is the seventh chancellor of JTS. One of the world's foremost experts on American Judaism, Chancellor Eisen has worked closely for the past twenty years with synagogue and federation leadership around the country to analyze and address the issues of Jewish identity, the revitalization of Jewish tradition, the redefinition of the American Jewish community, and strengthening the connection between American Jews and Israel.

President of Goldsteins’ Rosenberg’s Raphael-Sacks, Inc., of Philadelphia and Southampton, Bennett Goldstein is a past president of the Jewish Funeral Directors of America. In 2006, he was appointed by Governor Ed Rendell to the Pennsylvania State Board of Funeral Directors, of which he is currently vice chairman.

A past national president of Brith Sholom and past president of the Pennsylvania Regional Council of Brith Sholom Lodges, Goldstein was chairman of the board of the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life. He is a trustee of Beth Sholom Congregation, the Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia, and the Board of Overseers of Gratz College. He is executive vice chairman of the Brith Sholom Foundation and a past president of the United Jewish Organizations. He is also a member of numerous organizations, including Jewish War Veterans, B’nai B’rith, Knights of Pythias and Magen David Adom.

Goldstein, together with his late wife, Sonny (z”l), received the Brith Sholom Communal Award, the Lion of Judah Award from State of Israel Bonds at Beth Sholom Congregation, and the Philadelphia Geriatric Center’s Family Award. He has four children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

The couvert is $200 per person. There is a special couvert of $150 for individuals age forty and under. Reservations are required by June 1. Further information and reservations are available by contacting Rickey Goodman at (215) 376-0474.