Community Leaders to Be Honored at JTS Long Island / Queens Gala

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

March 31, 2009, Roslyn Heights, NY

The Long Island / Queens Cabinet of The Jewish Theological Seminary will honor community leaders Marilyn and Stanley Cohen and Candice and Carl Koerner at “An Elegant Evening of Music and Art” on Thursday, April 23, at Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn Heights.

The gala event, which will begin at 6:15 p.m., will include a musical performance by rising stars Magda Fishman and S’madar of the H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music of The Jewish Theological Seminary, as well as a tour of the Tzedakah art exhibition in the synagogue’s Rabbi Ario S. and Tess Hyams Judaica Museum. In keeping with JTS’s commitment to conserve the planet’s resources, a Green Journal will be displayed on a large screen throughout the evening and then on the JTS website.

Marilyn and Stanley CohenThe Cohens became active members of the Hewlett East Rockaway Jewish Center (HERJC) after moving to Long Island in 1963. Ms. Cohen has been a vice president of the synagogue board for eighteen years, and also served as vice president of Sisterhood. A former board member of the North Nassau Health Clinic, president of B’nai B’rith, and director of the Hewlett chapter of Hadassah, Ms. Cohen currently serves on the board of South Nassau Community Hospital and has been a member of the Advisory Board of The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary since July 1995.

Mr. Cohen was a partner at Salomon Brothers for twenty-six years and has held many positions in the investment industry, including president of the Bond Traders Club of New York and member of the SCC specializing in bond practices. A past president of HERJC, he has held numerous positions on its board of directors and continues to serve as a fund-raiser and adviser. Mr. Cohen, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, is an original founder of the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund and has acted as a consultant for the lieutenants and captains of the New York City Police Department.

The Cohens are the proud parents of Lisa Cohen, Andrea and Lester Samuels, Wendy and Adam Cohen, and Richard Travis; and grandparents of Justin, Katie, Zachary, Luke, Jakob, and Ethan.

Candice and Carl KoernerCandice and Carl Koerner have been residents of Forest Hills since their marriage thirty-six years ago, and are long-time members of the Forest Hills Jewish Center (FHJC) in Queens, New York. Ms. Koerner holds a master’s degree in Elementary Education and a second master’s degree in Art History. She has held various leadership positions at the FHJC, including service on its board of trustees. A former docent at the Guggenheim Museum, Ms. Koerner fulfilled her internship at The Jewish Museum. Ms. Koerner currently conducts museum tours for adults and also conceptualized and created the Children’s Interactive Jewish Museum at the new 14th Street Y.

A volunteer with Selfhelp, a project of UJA-Federation of New York that helps to beautify living spaces of the elderly, Ms. Koerner is a member of UJA’s board of trustees and has co-chaired its Leadership Institute and the first annual Lion of Judah art event.

Carl Koerner has more than thirty years of experience as a business attorney in New York. Throughout his career, he has advised entrepreneurs from the earliest stages of business formation through proof of concept, expansion, and value realization. Mr. Koerner heads the business practice of White and Williams, LLP and is a partner in Koerner Kronenfeld Partners, LLC. He has held numerous leadership roles in the Jewish community throughout his professional life, serving for many years as an involved member of the JTS Long Island / Queens Cabinet, chairing events on behalf of JTS, and sponsoring the Long Island JTS Kollot Lunch and Learn Series, in which he continues to participate. A former president of the FHJC, Mr. Koerner has also been active on behalf of UJA-Federation and Israel Bonds.

The Koerners have three children: Elizabeth, an associate at Goldman Sachs, who is married to Dr. Cornelius Griffin, a trader of complex equities for Deutsche Bank; Michael, a mechanical engineer for AKF Engineers, who is married to Alyssa, an attorney with Withers Bergman; and Stephanie, a Captain in the United States Army, stationed in Germany and currently deployed to Iraq.

The couvert is $150 per person or $100 for JTS alumni. A range of sponsorship opportunities are available. Green Journal ad submissions and reservations are preferred by Monday, April 6. Further information is available by contacting Gwynne Wicks, director of the JTS Long Island / Queens region, at (516) 496-9525.