Touro College South Names Nine “Women of Valor” Honorees at Recent Reception and Dinner in Miami Beach
Rabbi Alan G. Ciner
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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg & NYSE’s Muriel ‘Mickie” Siebert Among Them.
Miami Beach, Fla. - The Honorable Associate United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Muriel “Mickie” F. Siebert, the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange and founder of Muriel Siebert & Co., Inc., were among nine honorees at the recent inaugural presentation of the N’Shei Chayil—Women of Valor awards given by Touro College South in Miami Beach, Florida. The Women of Valorawards were created by the College to recognize women who have made a contribution to society.
“These are women who, by virtue of who they are and what they have accomplished, make a difference in our world,” said Rabbi Alan G. Ciner, Vice President/CEO of Touro College South, who presented the awards at a dinner and reception on November 19. “They are women whose voices need to be heard as they are the voices of reason, optimism and determination.”
Debra E. Schottenstein, also an honoree, accepted the award for Justice Bader Ginsburg, who was not able to attend. She and Rabbi Ciner will personally present the award to her in Washington, D.C.
In 1993, when Justice Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as the 107th justice to the U.S. Supreme Court, she became the second woman to sit on the High Court (after Sandra Day O’Connor) and the first Jewish justice since Abraham Fortas, who served from 1965 to 1969. Prior to that, Justice Ginsburg served on the U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia for 13 years.
Muriel “Mickie” Siebert, recipient of 19 honorary doctorates, has been called “The First Woman of Finance.” She is the founder, chairwoman, president and CEO of the stock and bond brokerage firm that bears her name, Muriel Siebert & Co., Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Siebert Financial Corp. Ms. Siebert established her firm in 1967 when she became the first woman member of the New York Stock Exchange. Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., LLC, a separate affiliate of Muriel Siebert & Co., Inc., specializes in municipal and other fixed income underwriting and financial advisory business. Through her foundation, Ms. Siebert developed The Siebert Personal Finance Program: Taking Control of Your Financial Future,a high school curriculum that teaches personal finance literacy. The curriculum is currently in use at various schools around the country and has been adapted for use by middle school students and adults.
The other honorees were:
- Elaine Jacobs, past president of her local chapter of B’nai Brith Women and active in AMIT Women, Hadassah, Brandeis, UJA-Federation, Boca Raton Synagogue, Southside Jewish Center, and the Touro College South board. She and her husband, Merv, have endowed the Touro College South library in honor of their children and grandchildren.
- Sisel Klurman, president of Ganot Corporation, a real estate and investment company, as well as president of AG Holdings, Inc., operators of nursing and rehabilitation centers. She has been involved with and supported many local, national and international causes, some of which include The Klurman Institute for Yiddish and Yiddishkeit in Eastern Europe, Toras Emes Academy of Miami/Yeshiva Toras Chaim, Bar-Ilan University, Touro College, and Touro College South.
- Evelyn Katz , past president of the RASG Hebrew Academy and a member of its executive board and the board of The Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education, as well as the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. She has served as president of the Sisterhood of the Shul of Bal Harbour for many years and received The Woman of the Year award in 1994 from the synagogue for her leadership in the Jewish community of Bal Harbour, Bay Harbour, and Surfside. Ms. Katz and her husband, Shmuel, fund scholarship programs at Touro College South, allowing students to attend the school even in difficult economic times.
- Debra E. Schottenstein, since 1991 a member of the Community Council, the volunteer fundraising arm of the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation. She is a founding and current board member of The Wellness Community-Greater Miami, which provides services to men and women with cancer. With her husband, Jeff, she founded and supported Chabad of South Miami, which consists of nine Chabad centers. The Schottensteins also provide Touro College South with funding for student extracurricular activities.
- Judy Steinberg, a member of the Women’s Division of Keren Or in Jerusalem, where her husband, Dr. Edward Steinberg, serves as chairman of the board. As was the case with her mother, the late Stella K. Abraham, who established The Stella K. Abraham High School of Girls in Hewlett Bay Park, N.Y., Ms. Steinberg has made Jewish education a priority. She established the Judy Steinberg Hebrew Academy of Palm Beach in 2004. Together with her husband, she also established The Dr. Edward and Judy Steinberg Center for Spirituality and Well Being at Touro College South.
- Lucille Wiedman, who dedicated her professional career to education, serving for almost 40 years as a teacher in both the New York City public school system and at The Yeshiva of Flatbush. She has endowed the Lucille Weidman Chair in Education at Touro College South. The Chair is currently occupied by Dr. Mervyn Skuy, a scholar of international repute, known especially for his work in the Feuerstein Method, a school curriculum system that aims to enhance the cognitive skills of pupils, especially those with special needs.
In addition, the late Charlotte Rohr was honored posthumously for her generous support, with her husband, Sami, of institutions around the world.
Located in Miami Beach, Touro College South opened its doors three years ago with 23 students under the leadership of Vice President/CEO Rabbi Alan G. Ciner. This year, Touro College South began the fall semester with 150 students in its women’s, men’s and freshman Center divisions offering undergraduate degrees in psychology, business management and administration, history, English, Judaic studies, and education, with course sequences in pre-law, pre-medical, pre-dental, and other health sciences.