The Jewish Theological Seminary to Honor Columbus Leaders

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

May 9, 2008, Columbus, OH

Norman Hosansky of Congregation Tifereth Israel and Leah Weintraub of Congregation Agudas Achim will receive The Jewish Theological Seminary’s Shin Award at a dessert reception in their honor at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday. June 12. The event will be held at the home of Katie and Brett Kaufman in Bexley.

The guest speaker will be Dr. David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at JTS, who will discuss his newest book, Jewish Eating and Identity Through the Ages. The first book ever to explore the history of Jewish eating practices from the Bible to the present, Jewish Eating and Identity is also the first publication to interpret Jewish eating practices throughout the ages as keys to understanding current Jewish identities.

The prestigious Shin Award honors individuals for their commitment to Judaism and Jewish law through service to their community, synagogue and JTS.

Norman Hosansky has been an active member of Congregation Tifereth Israel for forty-five years, where he has served as president of the Men’s Club, chair of the Board of Education, and as a member of the Board of Trustees. He has also been involved in numerous interfaith activities over the past twenty-five years, including Muslim–Jewish interfaith programs, the Horizon Interfaith Program at Marion Correctional Institution, and as a teacher of English as a second language at the Jewish Community Center. A retired chemist, Hosansky received his bachelor’s degree from Queens College, his master’s degree from Columbia University, and his PhD from Rutgers University. He worked as a department manager for Chemical Abstracts Service for more than twenty-five years. Dedicated to family life, he is the proud father of four married children and nine grandchildren.

Actively involved in synagogues in Houston, Texas, and South Orange, New Jersey, prior to moving to Columbus, Leah Weintraub chairs the Agudas Achim Adult Education/Life Long Learning Committee and is a member of the Rabbinic Search Committee. She also frequently serves as b’aalat tefillah on Shabbat and teaches about tefillah. Beyond the synagogue, she is involved with the Columbus Jewish Federation. Weintraub’s first exposure to JTS came when she attended the Ivry Prozdor High School and became involved in JTS’s Leadership Training Fellowship. A high-school mathematics teacher, she received her bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and her master’s in education from the University of Houston. She currently teaches in the upper school at the Columbus School for Girls and has also taught at the Columbus Torah Academy and the Robert M. Beren Academy in Houston. She and her husband, Greg, have two children.

Admission is free; reservations are requested by Monday, June 2. For more information or to RSVP, contact Michele Siegel, assistant director, Great Lakes Region, at (248) 258-0055.