JTS to Honor Philadelpia Area Leaders at Community-Wide Dinner

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May 26, 2009, Penn Valley, PA

Thomas E. Biron and Alan S. Nadel will be honored with the Shin Award, and Hazzan Eliot Vogel will receive the Hazzan David J. Putterman Cantorial Leadership Award, at The Jewish Theological Seminary's 2009 Community-Wide Awards Dinner. The event will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 15, at Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road, Penn Valley. Professor Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor of JTS, will be the guest speaker.

Chancellor Arnold M. EisenProfessor Eisen, one of the world's foremost experts on American Judaism, is the seventh chancellor of JTS. Since his inauguration in 2007, Chancellor Eisen has met with world leaders, engaged in prominent interdenominational and interfaith dialogues, and championed a transformation in the education of the next generation of Conservative leadership. Before coming to JTS, Chancellor Eisen was the Koshland Professor of Jewish Culture and Religion at Stanford University. The Chancellor's publications include Taking Hold of Torah: Jewish Commitment and Community in America. He is currently writing a book that probes new possibilities for the meaning of Zionism.

Thomas E. BironDuring his thirty-seven years as a lawyer, Thomas E. Biron has always included community and professional-organization work in his activities. A partner in Blank Rome LLP and a member of Temple Adath Israel of the Main Line, Mr. Biron has been a Community Legal Services volunteer lawyer and a member of the board of trustees of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. He has led missions to Israel sponsored by both the Federation and United Jewish Appeal and has been a member of the United Jewish Appeal Young Leadership Cabinet and the board of the Jewish Community Centers of Philadelphia. At Adath Israel, he has served in numerous leadership positions, including as its president. A current member of the Philadelphia Cabinet of JTS and an executive committee member of the Temple Law Alumni Association, Mr. Biron also teaches the rule of law to a ninth-grade class at South Philadelphia High School. Mr. Biron and his wife, Janice, have three children: Joshua, Julie, and Matthew.

Alan S. NadelAlan S. Nadel is a founding partner of the Philadelphia intellectual property law firm Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP. A registered patent attorney since 1976, he has been recognized for his expertise in intellectual property law by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, the Best Lawyers in America, and Pennsylvania Magazine's list of "Pennsylvania Super Lawyers." A longtime member of Congregation Adath Jeshurun (AJ), where he is a past president, Mr. Nadel has been a member of its board of directors, and is now an honorary director, as well as a member of its board of trustees. He also recently chaired the Leadership Division of AJ's successful fund-raising campaign. An Eagle scout, Mr. Nadel has been active in AJ's shomer Shabbat Boy Scout troop. In March 2009, he was awarded the Shofar Award by the Jewish Committee on Scouting of the Philadelphia-area Cradle of Liberty Council. Among his other community involvement and leadership roles, Mr. Nadel has served as president of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association.

Cantor Eliot VogelHazzan Eliot I. Vogel of Har Zion Temple graduated from the H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music of JTS, where he received the diploma of hazzan and a master's degree in sacred music. Before assuming the position of cantor of Har Zion Temple in 1991, Hazzan Vogel served synagogues in Connecticut and New Jersey. His focus on the commission and performance of new musical works on biblical or Jewish historical themes by some of today's finest Jewish composers has brought numerous staged presentations to Har Zion's bimah. A former member of the faculty of the H. L. Miller Cantorial School, he has also served on the faculty of the North American Jewish Choral Festival. For ten years, Hazzan Vogel served as the president of the Delaware Valley Region of the Cantors Assembly and has served on the executive board of its national organization. He was twice nominated to be the Cantors Assembly's representative on the Committee of Jewish Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly. An active performer, he has appeared as a guest soloist with numerous choral ensembles and orchestras, both local and national. Hazzan Vogel and his wife, Karen, have three daughters: Alisa, Adina, and Davida.

The couvert is $200 per person. There is a special couvert of $150 for individuals age forty and under. Reservations are required by Monday, June 8. Further information and reservations are available by contacting Rickey Goodman at (215) 376-0474 or rigoodman@jtsa.edu.