JTS to Honor Community Leaders at 2010 Mid-Atlantic Awards Dinner

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May 10, 2010, Merion Station, PA

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) will honor Harris Devor of Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, Harriet and Norman Feinstein of Temple Adath Israel, Howard Gershman of Congregation Adath Jeshurun, and Elliot Rosen of Har Zion Temple at the 2010 Community-Wide Awards Dinner. The event will take on Tuesday, June 8, at Temple Adath Israel, 250 N. Highland Avenue.

Professor Arnold M. Eisen, Chancellor of JTS, will present the honorees with the Shin Award in recognition of service to community, synagogue, and JTS. Chancellor Eisen will also serve as guest speaker.

Harris DevorMr. Devor is shareholder-in-charge of litigation support and SEC consulting services at Shechtman Marks Devor PC. A graduate of Temple University, he is a recognized expert in accounting, auditing, and tax practice, specializing in the area of forensic accounting. Mr. Devor has served on Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel’s board of directors for the past twenty years and also served on its executive committee when he was treasurer of the synagogue. In addition to serving as the chairperson of the Philadelphia AIPAC leadership council, he is the past president of the Gershman Jewish Y of Center City Philadelphia and is a current member of its board of directors.

FeinsteinMr. Feinstein is the founder of Corporate Consultants, Inc., an insurance brokerage firm. He received an undergraduate degree and MBA from the University of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Feinstein, in addition to serving as the first president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Leukemia Society of America, is the founder of Speakeasily, a public speaking training program for professionals, and owner of Barwynne Hill Corporation. She is also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Feinstein is a life trustee of Adath Israel and Mrs. Feinstein is a life member of the synagogue’s board of governors.

Mr. GershmanMr. Gershman has practiced law for thirty-three years and is a lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Eastern District (PA) Bankruptcy Conference, the Middle District (PA) Bankruptcy Bar Association, and the Montgomery Bar Association. He also has written articles for publication by the American Bankruptcy Institute. Mr. Gershman is a graduate of LaSalle College and Temple University School of Law. A past president of Congregation Adath Jeshurun (2002–2005), he is presently a member of the congregation’s board of trustees.

Mr. RosenMr. Rosen is a funeral director at Joseph Levine and Son and teaches many continuing education courses for funeral directors, teachers, nurses, and social workers, as well as to children and adults from synagogues and Jewish day schools. He is a graduate of Penn State and Mercer County Community College. A member of the board of trustees of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Mr. Rosen currently serves as vice president at Har Zion Temple, and has held other positions on the executive board. He is past president of the temple’s Men’s Club as well as past chairman of its board of trustees.

A strolling dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m., with the awards presentation beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The couvert for the evening is $200 per person and $150 for those aged 40 and under.

For more information, contact Rickey Goodman at (215) 376-0474 or rigoodman@jtsa.edu.