JTS to Honor Visionary Leaders Ruth and Stephen Hendel

2011 Recipients of the Louis B. Marshall Award

Press Contact: Eve Glasberg
Office: (212) 678-8089
Email: evglasberg@jtsa.edu

March 9, 2011, New York, NY

Ruth and Stephen Hendel, active and longtime supporters of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), will receive the Louis B. Marshall Award at a gala in their honor on Thursday, April 7, 2011. Hosted by JTS, the event will take place at The Waldorf=Astoria and feature outstanding entertainment.

JTS Board Chair Abby Joseph Cohen is dinner chair. Co-chairs include Brenda Berry and Jonathan Lopatin, Betsy Z. Cohen, Leon Cooperman, Barbara and Eric Dobkin, Bill T. Jones and Bjorn Amelan, Tony Kushner, Norman Lear, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Ruth Messinger, Edward Tyler Nahem, Jeffrey A. Rosen, Gerald Rosenfeld, and Daryl and Steven Roth.

Ruth Hendel is a devoted member of the Advisory Board of The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary, and a committed participant in JTS Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen’s Arts Roundtable. Stephen Hendel’s involvement includes his passionate support of JTS rabbinical students, and his continued counsel to the chancellor’s newly formed arts initiative.

Mr. Hendel is a founder and managing partner of Hess Energy Trading Company LLC. Previously, he was a partner at Goldman Sachs & Co., responsible for energy trading activities and segments of the company’s commodity trading division, and a corporate attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. He received his BA from Yale University and his LLB from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

For the last decade, the Hendels have been involved in On and Off Broadway theater. Mr. Hendel’s co-conceived production of Fela!, produced with Ms. Hendel, opened on Broadway in November 2009 and in London in November 2010. In addition to her work on Fela!, Ms. Hendel has been on the producing teams of numerous acclaimed plays and musicals, including American Idiot; Driving Miss Daisy; Red (Tony®); 33 Variations; In the Heights (associate); Legally Blonde; Caroline, or Change; A Raisin in the Sun; Golda’s Balcony; Metamorphoses; and The Exonerated. Her latest productions are Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo;and House of Blue Leaves.

Mr. Hendel sits on the boards of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (treasurer), The New Group, Culture Project, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Afropop.org, and the Museum for African Art, and serves on various advisory committees at Yale University. Ms. Hendel serves on the boards of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (vice-chair), LAByrinth Theater Company, The Play Company, Zamir Chorale, and the Yale School of Drama Advisory Board.

Ms. Hendel received a V.I.P. (Very Important Parent) Award from the Board of Jewish Education. She was honored with the School of Fine Arts Alumni Award by the University of Connecticut, where she received her undergraduate degree. She also holds an MA in Communications from Northwestern University.

Previously, the Hendels were honored by Westchester/Fairfield County’s Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and the Westchester Jewish Center of Mamaroneck, New York, and received the Michael Mendelson Award for Commitment to Excellence in Theater from The New Group. The Hendels currently reside in Larchmont, New York, where they are active community members and congregants of the Westchester Jewish Center, led by Rabbi Jeffrey Segelman. They have three adult children, a son-in-law, and two grandchildren.

Established in 1956, the Louis B. Marshall Award was conceived to recognize those men and women who demonstrate the exemplary ethics and communal commitment that Louis Marshall embodied. He was an esteemed constitutional lawyer and a prominent figure in the Jewish community, passionately committed to JTS, where he led the board as chairman from 1904 until his death in 1929.

For more information, please contact Marsha Sesskin at (212) 678-8935 or masesskin@jtsa.edu. JTS is pleased to donate excess food from this event to City Harvest.

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