Annual Tribute Event 2018
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Jane & Ned Gladstein – Hiddur Mitzvah Award
Ned Gladstein comes from a three-generation line of local grocers, and now owns two Shop-Rites, one in West Caldwell and one in Parsippany. His wife, Jane Gladstein, grew up a New England mill town.
Together, they raised three daughters in their North Caldwell home, which today shows evidence of their eight grandchildren coming to play.
Rabbi Sarina Vitas – Rabbi Mordecai Waxman Rabbinic Leadership Award
Rabbi Sarina Vitas graduated from the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary in 2002 and received her BA in Public Relations from the Argentine University of Enterprise (UADE). Upon her appointment to the Asociación Israelita de Paraná in the Argentinian province of Entre Rios (a position she held from 2005-2009) she became the first female congregational rabbi in Latin America. She is currently developing her professional activity as the Rabbi and Community Director of the Weitzman Comunidad Educativa, a role she has held since 2010. She has served as Executive Vice President of the Latin American Rabbinical Assembly and Director of Placement since 2010.
She is married to Alejandro Rosenberg and mother of two children, Dan and Mijal.
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg – Rabbi Benjamin Z. Kreitman International Leadership Award
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg was born in Glasgow to a German Jewish refugee family. After completing his degree in English at Cambridge and teacher training at Goldsmiths, he studied for the rabbinate at Leo Baeck College, London, and in Israel, following family tradition. He was appointed Rabbi of the New North London Masorti Synagogue in 1987 and Senior Rabbi of the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues UK in 2008.
He is a President of the Council of Christians and Jews and a member of the Council of Imams and Rabbis. He is a co-founder of Eco-Synagogue and deeply engaged in environmental issues. He is closely involved in supporting refugees. Further interests include pastoral work, hospice care, and literature, especially poetry. He teaches and speaks widely, including on Radio 4’s Prayer for the Day. His publications include The Eternal Journey: Meditations on the Jewish Year (2001); The Silence of Dark Water: An Inner Journey (2008); Walking with the Light (2013); My Dear Ones: One family and The Final Solution (2016) and most recently Things my dog has taught me – about being a better human.
He is married to Nicola Solomon; they have three children and a dog. He loves plants, animals, people, and woodland and mountain walks.
Rabbi Joe Wernik – Lifetime Achievement Award
Rabbi Joe Wernik Text coming soon…
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