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GALA JUNE 5, 2018


Celebrating 25 years of Advocating Understanding Among All Religions Through Education 1993 – 2018

Thank you for helping us celebrate our past. Now join us and be a part of our future.

25th Annual Evening of Roses PROGRAM


Melinda Hanlon Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees, Sister Rose Thering Fund and Co-Chair, 25th Anniversary Commemoration


Sister Kathy Slesar, Racine Dominicans Dr. Mary Meehan Interim President, Seton Hall University


Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark


25 Years of Understanding and Cooperation Dr. David Bossman Executive Director, Sister Rose Thering Fund Susan Feinstein Co-Chair, 25th Anniversary Commemoration


Christian Love Baptist Church Choir Donald Barnes, Director The Evening of Roses musical program is directed by Dr. Jason Tramm, Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities, Seton Hall University; Trustee, Sister Rose Thering Fund

PRESENTATION OF THE SISTER ROSE THERING FUND LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Monsignor C. Anthony Ziccardi, S.T.D, S.S.L. Vice President for Mission and Ministry, and Secretary Designee to the Board of Regents, Seton Hall University Dr. David M. Bossman Remarks by Marilyn Rosenbaum PRESENTATION OF REVEREND RON CHRISTIAN AWARD FOR COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP Michael K. Williams Reverend Alfreddy Fletcher Christian Love Baptist Church Ministerial Staff Remarks by Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey BENEDICTION

Rabbi Clifford M. Kulwin Temple B’nai Abraham, Livingston, New Jersey


Daniel Neiden


Susan Feinstein and Melinda Hanlon

Greetings from David Bossman Each year when we celebrate the Sister Rose Thering Fund's Evening of Roses fundraiser, we find inspiration in the generosity of those who dedicate their time and resources to support teachers for graduate courses in Jewish-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University. This is the University's mission, to prepare leaders in their professional and community lives, suited for a global society, with values-centered curricula. Since 1953, education in Jewish-Christian studies has been a bellwether of this university, following the path-making lead of Monsignor John M. Oesterreicher and the educational expertise of Sister Rose Thering, O.P. The Sister Rose Thering Fund focuses on recruiting professional educators dedicated to replacing prejudice with inclusive understanding and inter-religious cooperation.

David M. Bossman, Ph.D.

The State of New Jersey's mandate for Holocaust and Genocide education emphasizes "the personal responsibility that each citizen bears to fight racism and hatred whenever and wherever it happens." Noting that "there is an inescapable link between violence and vandalism and ethnic and racial intolerance," the mandate stipulates: "Every board of education shall include instruction on the Holocaust and genocides in an appropriate place in the curriculum of all elementary and secondary school pupils." Seton Hall's inter-religious faculty in Jewish-Christian Studies is constituted to advance these goals. The Sister Rose Thering Fund reaches out to teachers in public, private, and religious schools to participate in this educational mission. Teachers, additionally, interact with diverse professionals from other fields in Jewish-Christian Studies classes, further enhancing the quality of their education. We thank all who participate in this 25th anniversary Evening of Roses. We ask for your continued partnership in our mission to advance the legacy of Sister Rose Thering by fostering understanding and cooperation among Jews, Christians, and people of other religious traditions through advocacy and education. We form a partnership of awareness for the advancement of learning, engaging young people for leadership in realizing the values of mutual understanding.

David M. Bossman Executive Director The Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies


To advance the legacy of Sister Rose Thering by fostering understanding and cooperation among Jews, Christians and people of other religious traditions through advocacy and education

A Message from Deborah Lerner Duane How do we know when our actions have made a difference? That our dayto-day work is affecting the lives of others? When do we push a little harder, let up on the effort or just coast along?

Deborah Lerner Duane

For 25 years, the single-minded determination of trustees, staff, donors, teacher-scholars and volunteers has made it possible for the Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies to share the lessons of understanding and acceptance with thousands of children and teenagers. We have made a worthwhile difference. We’ve positively affected lives. We have spent 25 years pushing a little harder every day. And we are enormously proud of what we have accomplished.

This pride is well-deserved. Yet each of us here tonight understands how much more we must do. We observe a society that seems to be moving backwards, with less appreciation for other religious traditions, more people willing to assume a bigoted worldview, fewer opportunities to learn from those whose lives are different from our own. The Sister Rose Thering Fund is no stranger to misguided thinking and shameful behaviors. Our mission, to advance the legacy of a woman whose own audacity enabled her to challenge the beliefs of her day, will remain firm. We will foster understanding and cooperation among Jews, Christians and people of other religious traditions through advocacy and education. We will continue to imagine a world without religious prejudice. We will value differences, demonstrate courage, build bridges, create dialogue and inspire the next generation. We will depend on your continued participation, and we will work together for the next 25 years to develop change. As I wrap up five years as Chairman of the Sister Rose Thering Fund, I’m grateful to the trustees with whom I worked so closely, to my fellow officers Ann Burgmeyer, Susan Feinstein, Melinda Hanlon and Alan Silberstein, and to the SRTF staff – Executive Director David Bossman, Program Manager Clare Giangreco and Administrator Marilyn Zirl, of blessed memory. Each of you guided me, listened to me and challenged me, and in the end, made it possible for our Fund to move ahead, ready to face the next 25 years of our commitment to the teachers we support and the children in their classrooms. I would be remiss in not expressing my thanks to the five SRTF chairs who preceded my own term. The late Dr. Charles Steiner, Robert Werbel, Kenneth Oleckna, Luna Kaufman and Paul Gibbons established and sustained the strong foundation a viable nonprofit requires in order to be effective. Our accomplishments in these last five years have been built on their efforts, along with those of the trustees who served with them, and of course, Sister Rose herself. In this spirit, I extend my best wishes to Melinda Hanlon as she takes over as SRTF chair on July 1. The Fund will continue to flourish under her leadership. I know you join me in congratulating Darrell K. Terry, Sr., and Marilyn Rosenbaum this evening. I can think of no better celebration of our first 25 years than to recognize the accomplishments of these two remarkable people.

Deborah Lerner Duane

Marilyn Rosenbaum Sister Rose Thering Lifetime Achievement Award As a founding trustee of the Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in JewishChristian Studies, Marilyn Rosenbaum has had an important role in shaping the vision and implementing the mission of the organization that honors her this evening. Born at Newark Beth Israel Hospital, Marilyn spent her childhood in Irvington, and left New Jersey to attend Syracuse University, majoring in Speech and Drama. In 1949, Marilyn married Leon Rosenbaum, starting a happy and successful life with him that lasted 62 years. She and Leon have two daughters, Fran and Linda. Linda and her husband Kenneth Wasserman gave Marilyn three wonderful grandsons – Jeffrey (married to Nicole), Michael and Jordan. For many years, Marilyn and Leon worked side-by-side at their company, Delta Photocomp Corporation. She was involved with a spectrum of activities, including general management, marketing, sales, customer service and accounts management. It wasn’t long before Marilyn began to put her talents and skills to good use in many volunteer and charitable activities. One of Marilyn’s first volunteer endeavors was to return to her roots at Beth Israel, prompted by the success of Leon’s experience as a bypass surgery patient there. Her hard work and dedication resulted in her being voted in as president of the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Women’s Organization. She was later elected to the board of Beth Israel and became a charter member of its Health Care Foundation. Marilyn’s relationship with the Beth Israel Auxiliary spanned 20 years, during which she played a key role in increasing membership to 750 members and raising its annual contributions to $250 million. In 1995, the Auxiliary was instrumental in organizing the inaugural Partners in Care for Play Golf Tournament with the Daughters of Israel Geriatric Center. Marilyn’s nonprofit involvement also included the New Jersey Region of the American Jewish Congress, where, among other roles, she took on fundraising and social action responsibilities. She created “Congress to Trenton Day,” testifying before the New Jersey senate committee against a proposed constitutional convention and a balanced state budget. She ultimately served as the New Jersey Region’s president, and was later named to the national organization’s Governing Board. By 1993, Marilyn had become active in the cause to allow Soviet Jewry to emigrate to the West. Her interest and work became a movement to grant people of all faiths the opportunity to leave the Soviet Union. During this time, a colleague told Marilyn that Sister Rose Thering might be of assistance involving the Catholic community in this effort. The introduction was the start of a lifelong friendship between the two women, and a new chapter in Marilyn’s life began. At the first of many rallies to address this international issue, Sister Rose was one of the main speakers. To show their gratitude, Marilyn and her fellow organizers gave Sister Rose her first computer. And as Sister Rose began organizing what would ultimately become the Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies, she invited Marilyn to become part of the initial group. In the 25 years since SRTF’s founding, Marilyn has served several terms as vice chair, and has been a member of every Fund committee. Since 2013, she has been co-chair of the program committee, organizing the Evening of Roses, Dr. Marcia Robbins Wilf Lecture, Scholarship Presentation and annual Essay Competition events. Her exceptional networking skills have made it possible for the Fund to connect with many community and religious leaders. We are proud to recognize Marilyn’s long-standing support for social action, equal rights and fostering understanding and cooperation for people of all faiths. The list of Marilyn’s accomplishments continues. She was the first female president of Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston, NJ, was a founding member of the YES Program in West Orange and is currently on the board of Newark Emergency Services for Families. We congratulate Marilyn on her achievements, and applaud her service and commitment to our community.

Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey

Reverend Ron Christian Award for Community Leadership Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE is a 20-year employee of RWJBarnabas Health and has more than 30 years of experience in health care administration at three major New Jersey Health care organizations. He began his career at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey in Operations Management in 1997. He was named Senior Vice President of Operations in 2006, became Chief Operating Officer in 2011 and in May 2016 he assumed his current position as President and Chief Executive Officer. In this role, Mr. Terry is responsible for the strategic operations of this 665-bed regional care teaching hospital that is home to one of the nation’s top ten heart transplant centers that has performed more than 1,000 heart transplants; New Jersey’s only Advanced Lung Disease and Transplant Program and a Valve Center that performs more cardiac valve procedures, including minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVRs), than any other center in the state. The Newark Beth Israel robotic surgery program is the most experienced in northern New Jersey. The Frederick B. Cohen, MD, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Breast Health Center provide seamless integration of cancer prevention, specialized care and treatment options. Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ), offers more than 30 specialized pediatric services including New Jersey’s largest Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders; and the Children’s Heart Center that offers medical and surgical treatments for the most complex cardiac abnormalities. Mr. Terry’s expertise is in the areas of administration, operations, management and advocacy. In his advocacy role, Mr. Terry has pioneered award-winning initiatives such as the “Beth Challenge” and KidsFit, The Beth Greenhouse and the Reverend Dr. Ronald B. Christian Community Health and Wellness Center. Mr. Terry is committed to improving the overall health and wellness of communities served by Newark Beth Israel. A graduate of Rutgers University, with a concentration in business management, Mr. Terry received his Master in Healthcare Administration from Seton Hall University and an M.P.H. from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He is Board Certified in Healthcare Administration and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Mr. Terry is a distinguished Paul Harris Fellow, sits on several boards and has received numerous awards throughout his career including, numerous community service awards and recognitions from the Men of Essex and the Township of Irvington. In 2010, he received the distinguished Khary Orr Leadership Award from the African American Heritage Parade Committee. He was appointed by Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka to serve on the Newark Workforce Investment Board and by Governor Chris Christie to preside on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission. His work with the greater Newark community has garnered him awards from Steve Adubato’s Stand and Deliver, as well as the Maplewood and Oranges Unit of the NAACP; Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA), Community Leadership Award; NJBIZ Healthcare Hero Finalist; the Distinguished Community Leadership Service Award from the National Council of Negro Women, Inc; and the Humanitarian Award from the JAHJAH Foundation (Jamaicans Abroad Helping Jamaicans at Home). Mr. Terry has strong personal ties to Newark Beth Israel. He was born at The Beth, as were his brother and two of his children.

About Reverend Ron Christian Educated in the Newark Public School System, Ronald B. Christian graduated from Weequahic High School in 1982, where he was an accomplished long distance runner Reverend Ron, as he was affectionately known, was called to the ministry and licensed to preach the Gospel in January 1998 at the Upper Room Missionary Baptist Church in Newark, NJ. He was called by a unanimous vote to pastor the Christian Love Baptist Church in Irvington, NJ. He was officially ordained on March 25th 2001 and went on to serve as the senior Pastor at CLBC whose membership over time grew to 6, 000 members. He obtained a Master’s of Divinity and Theological studies from Christian Bible Seminary in July 2002, attended and graduated from the Harvard University School of Divinity Leadership Institute on June 28, 2002, and attended classes in the Seton Hall University Graduate Department of Jewish-Christian Studies under the sponsorship of the Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies. Reverend Ron was a member of the Newark Board of Education School Management Team and served as Chaplain for the Newark Police Clergy Alliance, the Beth Israel Hospital of Newark, the Essex County Youth Detention Center, the Essex County Prosecutors Office, the Irvington Police Department, the City of Orange Township Police Department, the Essex County Sheriff ’s Department, and the Maplewood Police Department. He was the President and Founder of M.I.R.A (Men Interested in Rebuilding America) and a member of the Irvington Police and Fire Clergy Association. He was the instructor for the New Jersey General Baptist Christian Education Conference, and the North Jersey District Missionary Baptist Association, a member of the Irvington Chamber of Commerce, and Advisory Board Member for the Center of Urban Education, a Board Member of the Weed & Seed Program, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Integrity House Inc., Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, and the Board of Education for Essex County Vocational Schools. He was one of the first delegates appointed by the Governor’s Office for the study of faith-based community development, and received numerous community service awards from the township of Irvington, City of Newark, County of Essex, State of New Jersey, New Jersey Professional Black Business Association, United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, Congressional Black Caucus, and the New Jersey State Assembly for the work he did both nationally and internationally. His extensive humanitarian efforts yielded him an honorary doctorate degree. Following his death in October, 2016, the City of Newark named a street in his honor, Essex County created the Essex County Rev. Ronald B. Christian Recreation Complex in Weequahic Park, Beth Israel Hospital created the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s Reverend Dr. Ronald B. Christian Community Health and Wellness Center.

25th Anniversary Co-Chairs

Susan Feinstein

Melinda Hanlon

Dear Friends, It is with great pleasure that we welcome you as we celebrate our 25th annual Evening of Roses. In 1993, Sister Rose Thering, O.P., Ph.D. established the fund that bears her name today. A pioneer in Jewish-Christian education, Sister Rose was the voice of reconciliation and dialogue among Jews and Christians. She believed in the power of teachers and her deepest wish was to provide scholarship support for educators. Today more than ever her supporters seek what she sought, to transform our world through education. Tonight we welcome two special guests of honor. Mr. Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA,MPH,FACHE, President and Chief Operating Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey who will be receiving the Reverend Ron Christian Award for Community Leadership and Mrs. Marilyn Rosenbaum, founding member of the SRTF Board of Trustees, who will be honored with the Sister Rose Thering Lifetime Achievement Award. We congratulate both our honorees and thank them for their efforts to “Tikkun Olam”to repair our world through their work and philanthropic efforts. Sister Rose believed that our children are our future. Your presence and support of tonight’s journal and program will result in scholarship support for the teachers in our Jewish-Christian Studies program here at Seton Hall University. When you fund a teacher, you impact a generation of students. We are grateful for your generous contributions. To borrow from the Yarhzeit remembrance for Sister Rose:

“As night falls slowly, and a wind of rose blows, let us whisper a song for you softly, a song of love.” On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Sister Rose Thering Fund, we extend our gratitude and thank you for partnering with us as we celebrate this milestone year and continue the legacy of Sister Rose. Sincerely,

Melinda Hanlon and Susan Feinstein Sister Rose Thering Fund Trustees Co-Chairs, 25th Anniversary Evening of Roses

Dinner Co-Chairs

Ann Burgmeyer

Marilyn Rosenbaum

As we celebrate our silver anniversary we bring back the “evening “ of the Evening of Roses. This surely is a special event, a gala evening marking a milestone in an elegant way. Our brand-new Bethany Hall showcases our jubilee. We mark 25 years of effort to imagining a world without religious prejudice, a lofty goal that we have not reached and probably never will. Still we need to commit ourselves to this effort continually and we will. Sister Rose would probably be surprised and honored to know that her example and cause still lives on in the Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies. While education and scholarship are primary to our cause with the activities in which we are engaged, we always want to be able to interact, engage, network, and socialize. So let us all enjoy this evening. We want to thank Manuel Santos of Santos Florist who helped us with the beautiful flower arrangements. Michael Ziegler aided us with the wine selection. Very special thanks to Dorota (Dorothy) Szmygiel of Gourmet Catering at Seton Hall for all her efforts and those of her staff for making this a special event.

Ann Burgmeyer Co-Chair, Program Committee

Marilyn Rosenbaum Co-Chair, Program Committee

THE SISTER ROSE THERING FUND for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies

Our History The concept of teaching about interfaith relations in this Catholic university dates back to the arrival in 1953 of Monsignor John M. Oesterreicher, who established the Institute for Judaeo-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. Oesterreicher, a convert from Judaism to Catholicism in 1927, had been lecturing, doing research and creating publications for fifteen years when he sensed the need for a program coordinator to flesh out the work he was doing and bring his lessons to the wider community at Seton Hall. Therefore, in 1968 he advertised for someone to fill this position. As fate would have it, Sister Rose Thering, O.P., Ph.D., with her background in education and Jewish-Christian Studies and her keen interest in the Jewish roots of Christianity and the State of Israel, responded to his ad and was hired for the position. Its tasks included organizing summer trips to Israel for teachers and lay persons to learn about the Holy Land. The program was called the Menorah Institute. Its positive impact, both on Monsignor Oesterreicher and teachers, led to the establishment of a Master’s degree program, directed by Father Lawrence Frizzell, now offered in the Department of Religion. During the more than thirty years of her career as professor of higher education in the College of Education and Human Resources, Sister Rose continued to lead the Menorah Institute and became a close colleague of David M. Bossman, Ph.D. He had arrived at Seton Hall in 1985, served for a time as Provost and then as chair of the Department of Jewish-Christian Studies. Dr. Bossman and a group of close friends of Sister Rose wanted to offer teachers more courses in Jewish-Christian Studies, and eventually discussed the possibility of offering scholarships to teachers. The idea of developing a significant

fund to help defray costs of tuition led to the establishment in 1993 of such a fund and program. Originally called the Sister Rose Thering Endowment, later changed to the Sister Rose Thering Fund, it is overseen by an elected Board of Trustees who created a set of working by-laws. In 1994, the State of New Jersey, under then Governor Christine Todd Whitman, and urged on by Sister Rose and others, signed into law a mandate to teach about the Holocaust and Genocide in all public schools in New Jersey, grades K-12. This law created the mandate and was bolstered by the message of Pope John Paul II to Catholic schools to remember the Shoah, “Reflections on the Shoah” (March 1998). Sister Rose became a founding member of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, charged to carry out the Mandate, and served until her death in 2006. Today, the Fund offers scholarships annually and has reached some 400 educators in the course of its existence. It raises funds through donations received primarily at the Evening of Roses, held each spring, a program that has honored outstanding educators and individuals who have shown traits of compassion, altruism and courage in various endeavors. The Sister Rose Thering Fund and the graduate Program in Jewish-Christian Studies have been called “the hidden jewels” of Seton Hall University, but as Dr. Bosman has remarked, in reality they are no longer hidden but treasures found as the Fund contributes more than $60,000 annually in scholarship funding to the University. The Program continues to promote understanding and cooperation among Jews, Christians and people of other religious traditions through advocacy and education.

State of New Jersey Commission on Holocaust/Genocide Education P.O. Box 500 Trenton, NJ 08625 (609) 376-3968 - (609) 376-3715 (609) 633-8599 – FAX PHILIP MURPHY Governor


May 7, 2018

LAMONT REPOLLET Commissioner of Education

ROCHELLE HENDRICKS Secretary of Higher Education


Seton Hall University The Sister Rose Thering Fund For Education in Jewish-Christian Studies 400 South Orange Avenue South Orange, NJ 07079


LAWRENCE M. GLASER Executive Director

JUDY BAKER* Administrative Assistant

Dear Friends of Sister Rose Thering Fund: It is an honor for the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education and Genocide Studies to support The Sister Rose Thering Fund and the impactful academic programs the Fund has developed at Seton Hall University. We often quote, with appropriate attribute, the instructional building blocks and positive thoughts that Sister Rose initiated and that the Fund has maintained. Her example stands as a monument to her beliefs and has created educational guidelines that teachers appreciate and that students admire. Her leadership and her ability to project her ideas into lessons leading to good fellowship among scholars has already served two generations of attentive students and waits for another presently maturing in our grade schools. The fact that these children were born into a world motivated by respect for one another adds to Sister Rose’s legacy and makes us proud to have known her. The Commission wishes you well in your work and looks forward to participating in your ongoing success as a leader in Holocaust Education. Sincerely,








Lawrence M. Glaser Executive Director New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education

It gives me great pleasure to join the Seton Hall community in honor of the Sister Rose Thering Fund's (SRTF) 25th Anniversary. In 1993, Sister Rose Thering partnered with her inter-religious colleagues to establish the scholarship fund that bears her name today. A pioneer in Jewish-Christian relations, Sister Rose joined the faculty at Seton Hall University, where she devoted her life to help transform others through education. She was the voice of reason and reconciliation among Jews and Christians. Sister Rose believed in the power of education and teachers. Her mission was to provide a scholarship fund to educators enrolled in Seton Hall's graduate program in Jewish-Christian studies. Today, the mission still continues and supporters of the SRTF for Education in JewishChristian Studies remain dedicated in continuing her work. Tonight, we celebrate SRTF's silver anniversary, with a special "Evening of Roses". I would like to congratulate tonight's honorees Mr. Darrell K. Terry, Sr. for receiving the Reverend Ron Christian Award for Community Leadership and Mrs. Marilyn Rosenbaum for receiving the Sister Rose Thering Lifetime Achievement Award. They are both true pioneers in the community and an example of SRTF's mission. Again, I am delighted to acknowledge the Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies on its 25th Anniversary. I wish you a wonderful celebration and many successes in the future.

With thanks to our Special Sponsors JUBILEE SPONSOR RWJ Barnabas Health ROSE SPONSORS Dr. David Bossman Deborah Lerner Duane & Daniel J. Duane Carol & Alan Silberstein

UPSTANDER SPONSORS Susan Feinstein Melinda and Wayne Hanlon Karan and Kenneth Oleckna Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences

DINNER UNDERWRITER Drs. Marcia Robbins Wilf and Perry Robins

The Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies TRUSTEES Officers

Sister Mary Gomolka, R.S.M.

Deborah Lerner Duane Chairman**

Wayne Hanlon

Melinda Hanlon Vice Chairman

*Luna Kaufman

Louis Izzi**

Alan Silberstein Treasurer

Reverend John F. Morley, Ph.D.

Ann Burgmeyer Secretary

*Kenneth Oleckna, Esq.

Board of Trustees

Ruth Loew Schildiner

Paula Becker Alexander, Ph.D.

Gary Survis

Christine Aromando

Cherelle Tolor, Esq.

Gail H. Barry

Jason C. Tramm, D.M.A

Andrea Bartoli, Ph.D.

*Robert Werbel, Esq.

Rabbi Alan Brill, Ph.D.

Marcia Robbins Wilf, Ed.D.

Ki Joo Choi, Ph.D.

Robert D. Woog

Monsignor Robert Coleman

Monsignor C. Anthony Ziccardi

Piotr Dudek


Karan Oleckna Marilyn Rosenbaum

Susan Feinstein Michal (Miki) Fine**

HONORARY BOARD Honorable Cory A. Booker Honorable Chris Christie Honorable Phil Murphy Honorable Jon Corzine Blu Greenberg Rabbi Irving Greenberg, Ph.D. Honorable Thomas H. Kean Dr. Mary Meehan Honorable Robert Menendez Sister Maryann McMahon, O.P. Sister Sharon Simon, O.P. Regina Townsend

David M. Bossman, Ph.D. Executive Director

Reverend Lawrence Frizzell, D.Phil.

Clare M. Giangreco Program Manager

*Paul Gibbons

ADVISORY COUNCIL Shirley Aidekman-Kaye

Rita Horowitz

Sylvia Orenstein, Esq.

Julia Altholz

Allan Janoff

Teri & Ed Rosen

Jacqueline Berke

Michael Kogan, Ph.D.

Emmanuel Ruranga

Concetta Donvito, Ed.D.

Murray Laulicht, Esq.

Anthony Sciglitano, Ph.D.

Judith & Steven Elbaum

Pearl Randall Lehrhoff

Hattie Segal

Eugene Fisher, Ph.D.

Jacqueline & Howard Levine

Joseph Volker, Ph.D.

Kenneth Gaines

Przemyslaw Murczkiewicz**

Jane Wallerstein

Monsignor John J. Gilchrist

Robin Neuman

Michael Zeiger

*Chairmen emeriti

** M.A. Jewish-Christian Studies

We celebrate a founding trustee of the Sister Rose Thering Fund

Marilyn Rosenbaum and an outstanding graduate school alumnus of Seton Hall University,

Darrell Terry for their outstanding community leadership in serving the needs of our communities. Let their names be inscribed in the Book of Life.

David M. Bossman Executive Director Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies

MAZAL TOV to the Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies

25 years of fostering understanding and cooperation among Jews, Christians and people of other religious traditions through advocacy and education Deborah Lerner Duane and Daniel J. Duane

“To each of you – Jews, Christians, dear friends, I am Shoshana, your sister.” SISTER ROSE THERING

On our 25th anniversary, let us remember our beloved Shoshanna as we honor

DARRELL K. TERRY, SR. and MARILYN ROSENBAUM  for their exemplary leadership.   CAROL & ALAN SILBERSTEIN

In loving memory of

Marilyn Zirl,

who for 16 years graciously and efficiently carried on the work of the Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies. She carried on the work of Sister Rose and managed outreach to teachers, helping them to apply for and receive funding for their graduate education. We are proud to salute her achievements but sorrowful to lose her zeal and moral support. THE BOARD OF THE SISTER ROSE THERING FUND

With our heartfelt thanks and gratitude from the SRTF Board of Trustees for your ongoing commitment and generosity in supporting Holocaust Studies and Education to

The Curt C. and Else Silberman Foundation With personal thanks to Peter Friedmann Debbie Friedmann Joey Friedmann Ben Friedmann Evi Meinhardt Edward Meinhardt

The School of Health and Medical Sciences congratulates

Class of 2001 Alumnus of our

Master of Healthcare Administration Program

Darrell K. Terry, Sr.

MHA, MPH, FACHE President and CEO Newark Beth Israel Hospital and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey

on being named the 2018 recipient of the Rev. Ron Christian Award for Community Leadership

“As a distinguished graduate of our MHA program, Darrell is a role model who inspires others to achieve their goals. We are grateful for his loyal service to our students, alumni and faculty, and for his servant leadership in the greater community. Thank you, Darrell, for sharing your Pirate Pride!”

- Dr. Brian B. Shulman Dean, School of Health and Medical Sciences

Continued Success to Sister Rose’s Vision

Congratulations to our Honorees Darrell K. Terry, Sr. & Marilyn Rosenbaum Susan Feinstein

In loving memory of Kenneth W. Hanlon


An Upstander from the Greatest Generation

Congratulations to the Sister Rose Thering Fund as we celebrate twenty-five years of empowering teachers to be the inspiration students need in this challenging world. Wayne and Melinda Hanlon

We honor and admire Marilyn Rosenbaum and

Darrell Terry, Sr. and all the women and men who follow in Sister Rose’s footsteps

for many k r o er w m e h e co nu May we conti years to

Karan and Ken Oleckna

In appreciation of the vision and ongoing leadership of Prof. David Bossman and in cherished memory of Sister Rose, the mother of us all. Michael Kogan

Congratulations to

Darrell Terry Sr. and

Marilyn Rosenbaum on this most deserved honor. Linda and Murray Laulicht

Dear Marilyn, We congratulate you and are delighted to salute you on your receiving the Sister Rose Thering Lifetime Achievement Award. You are truly deserving of this great honor. Your dedication and commitment to the goals of the Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies is unparalleled. Your very good work truly helps create a better community and world. Yasher Koach. Love, Susan and Bruce Greene

With appreciation to Marilyn Rosenbaum, a founding Trustee for her vision and dedication towards fulfilling the mission of our dear Sister Rose. The Werbel/Siegler Family and the Eleanor Siegler Family Fund

Best Wishes to Both Honorees!

Love, Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf and Dr. Perry Robins


Congratulations to Marilyn Rosenbaum my dear friend and to the Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies on your 25th Anniversary Imagine a world without religious prejudice Ann Burgmeyer

Sincere best wishes and congratulations to Marilyn Rosenbaum and to the Sister Rose Thering Fund on your 25th Anniversary for keeping the flame alive The Shanahan Family


In memory of Marilyn Zirl for her tireless dedication to the mission of The Sister Rose Thering Fund. We will always remember her service with a smile.


Temple B’nai Abraham Honors Our Beloved Member, Friend and Former President

Marilyn Rosenbaum Clifford M. Kulwin, Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz, Rabbi Bruce H. Greene, President Jessica F. Epstein, Cantor

Always Caring, Always Giving – Sister Rose Marilyn Rosenbaum Darrell Terry, Sr. Thank You! Ruth M. Dolinko

University Advancement congratulates

the Sister Rose Thering Fund for 25 years of fostering Jewish-Christian Studies and creating greater understanding among the people of God.

“To be a better Christian, you need to find out where you are rooted.” — Sister Rose Thering

Congratulations to MARILYN ROSENBAUM on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award

Fred Cohen & Family

To our dear friend Marilyn, We are so proud of you and your accomplishments and service to the community. May you continue to serve and be recognized for many years to come. Mazel Tov. Bobbi Bromberg and Michael Blacker Arlene and Dan Kollin Evi Meinhardt Ruth Ross

Sara-Ann and Bob Sanders Elaine and Stan Shapiro Ethel and Bob Singer Margie Yonteff

Imagine a world without religious prejudice...

Heartfelt thanks to founding trustee,

Marilyn Rosenbaum, for 25 years of tireless dedication and service to this vision for The Sister Rose Thering Fund.

Mazal Tov! Monsignor Anthony Ziccardi and The Office of Mission and Ministry

Congratulations and Best Wishes from The Kaufman Family

Standing on the shoulders of those who came before us So that those that come with us, and after us, may continue to Learn, grow, and teach promoting religious tolerance. Congratulations to our Honorees Darrell Terry & Marilyn Rosenbaum

you’re shaping tomorrow’s leaders. Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies. Inspiration. Role model. Teacher. PNC honors you for being so many things to so many people.

Cheers to 25 Years Best Wishes, Gail, Kevin, Jordyn and Ian Barry

Dear Marilyn, “Many daughters have done valiantly, but thou excelled them all.” Proverbs 31:29

Mazal Tov on a well deserved honor. Tirelessly giving your time... yourself to make this world a better place. Participating in this Mitzvah of Tikkun Olam. With love and gratitude, Cantor Perry and Miki Fine

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Congratulations to The Sister Rose Thering Fund on 25 years of outstanding work. Sister Rose dedicated her life to transform others through education, and was the voice of reconciliation among Jews and Christians. Weofare honored to In recognition be a part your efforts to continuefor her work. andof with appreciation

the “Women of Valor” onCommission the 10th Anniversary The would also like to of Sister Rose Thering’s passing, specifically acknowledge theDarrell Commission Mr. K. Terry, Sr. would like to specifically acknowledge and Mrs. Marilyn Rosenbaum Mary Vazquez & Ellin Cohen, who have been “upstanders” in advancing the two trustees, who have recently passed cause of religious understanding and advocacy and Marilyn Zirl, Administrator, through education. on her upcoming retirement.

We are so grateful to those who have participated in any way during the past 25 years in furthering the mission of S. Rose Thering, OP, to promote education in Jewish-Christian studies.

Congratulations Marilyn Rosenbaum We’re so proud of all you’ve accomplished! Love, Linda, Kenny, Jeffrey, Nicole, Michael, Jordan & Alyssa

In recognition of the 25th founding of the Sister Rose Thering Fund We need to be aware of Sister Rose’s mission and dedication to make that part of our lives. Paul and Mary Gibbons

In honor of a great Mom and Bubbe


We love you! Geoff, Adena, Lane, Gayle, Lauryn, Ari, Reid, Lance and Sophie

Best Wishes from

In memory of Marilyn Zirl Linda Malanga

Thomas P. Giblin Business Manager Local No.68 - 68A - 68B International Union of Operating Engineers

Melinda A. Hanlon, President

Affiliated with AFL-CIO 973-244-5901 Fairfield Place, West Caldwell

With Gratitude to SRTF ÂĽÂľ Scholarship Recipients

25 years! What wonderful years for the Sister Rose Thering Fund to have been dedicated to education about the Holocaust and Jewish-Christian Studies. Her classes have taught us all to replace evil and to wind up loving each other. Pearl Randall Lehrhoff

Marissa Calfayan

Heather Mecka

Jacqueline Delatour

Robert Rubinson

Franklin Stebbins

Congratulations to theHonorees In memory of Mary Vazquez

The Vazquez Family

Tributes Oheb Shalom Congregation Honors the memories of Marilyn Zirl & Sister Rose Thering, Beloved of our congregation

[\ In honor of my dear friend, Marilyn Rosenbaum Audrey Bartner

[\ Dear Marilyn, Congratulations on your Lifetime Achievement Award. Bette Chernin and Don Wasserman

[\ Congratulations Marilyn Rosenbaum Lifetime Achievement Award! Thank you for your service. – Paula Alexander

[\ Happy 25th Anniversary! Rosemarie and Louis Izzi, M.A. ‘12

[\ To our dear friend Marilyn, who has always reached out to help others; so deserving of this honor. David and Fran Wien

[\ Best wishes for the 25th Anniversary. Sheldon A. Gross

[\ Todah raba, Marilyn, for all you have done for SRTF! Mazal Tov on your well-deserved honor! Clare Giangreco

Donations Mr. & Mrs. Donna & Stephen Burkat Mr. & Mrs. Rich & Treasure Cohen Mr. Bernard Flashberg Msgr. John J. Gilchrist Ms. Patricia Hartnett Ms. Ellen Hayes Cantor Marcy And Paul Kadin Pearl Randall Lehrhoff Mr. & Mrs. Jacqueline & Howard Levine Ms. Peggy McDermott Ms. Marlene Moscowitz Ms. Edith Oxfeld Mr. R. Mark Phillips Ms. Joan Rosenbaum Mr. David Schechner Dr. Donald Siebert Mr. Mark Thering Marianne & Bernard Tulman Ms. Ernestine Turkel Ms. Frances Tietjen Wiener Thank you to all who have generously shared your treasure with us, gifts big and small, in support of the important mission of the Sister Rose Thering Fund. Throughout this journal we have tried to acknowledge the many people who have contributed to this event and gifts received through May 15. If somehow we missed your name, please know that how grateful we are for your support and apologize for any omissions or errors.


Past Honorees 1992

Drs. Charles and Gloria Steiner


Rabbi Jehiel and Sylvia Orenstein


Rev. Edward F. Flannery and Abraham Foxman


Professor Elie Wiesel, Eva Fleischer and Murray Laulicht, Esq.


Cynthia Ozick, Rabbi Israel Singer and Christophe Meili


Sister Rose Thering, Archbishop Peter L. Gerety and Luna Kaufman


Judith Banki, Anneke Burke-Kooistra and Nicholas and Margaret Pogany


Sir Martin Gilbert, Rev. John F. Morley and Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf


Dr. Nechama Tec, Theodore Bikel, David and Julia Altholz and Dr. David Bossman


Dr. Eugene Fisher, Blu Greenberg and Dr. Aristides de Sousa Mendes do Amaral E Abranches (posthumously)


Sylvia and David Steiner


Karan and Kenneth Oleckna and Toby and Leon Cooperman


Monsignor Robert Sheeran


Pearl Randall Lehrhoff and Seymour Lehrhoff


Maud Dahme and Irena Sendler (posthumously)


Joshua Bell


Ela Weissberger


Drs. Charles and Gloria Steiner and Raoul Wallenberg (all posthumously)


Dr. Paul B. Winkler


Sister Rose Thering Fund Founders


Holocaust Survivors and Liberators


Our Women of Valor – Sister Rose Thering, O.P., Mary Vazquez, Ellin Cohen (all posthumously) and Marilyn Zirl


Father Lawrence Frizzell, Luna Kaufman, Pearl Randall Lehrhoff and Hattie Segal


Father Frizzell, Luna Kaufman, Pearl Randall Lehrhoff and Hattie Segal



FALL 2017 AND SPRING 2018 he following educators in the Sister Rose Thering Fund program in Jewish-Christian Studies

have been awarded sponsored scholarships during this academic year. Generous individuals from the Board of Trustees and the community at large have donated funding to cover tuition for a single course for each student thereby furthering the legacy of Sister Rose Thering's legacy of understanding and cooperation among Christian, Jews and people of other religions through education.

FALL 2017


Marissa Calfayan Jewish-Christian Foundations for Social Service Curt C. and Else Silberman Scholarship

Marissa Calfayan Jewish-Christian Foundations for Social Service Curt C. and Else Silberman Scholarship

Lori Chelborg Ramos Christian-Jewish Encounter Reverend Lawrence Frizzell Scholarship

Lori Chelborg Ramos Hebrews and Catholic Epistles Hattie Segal Endowed Scholarship

Jacqueline Delatour Christian-Jewish Encounter Dr. Marcia Robbins Wilf Scholarship

Jacqueline Delatour Jewish-Christian Foundations for Social Service Scholarship in Memory of Sister Rose Thering by Allan Jano and Scholarship in Memory of Howard Feinstein by Susan Feinstein

Daniel Excellent Lessons from the Holocaust Curt C. and Else Silberman Scholarship Heather Mecka Lessons from the Holocaust Curt C. and Else Silberman Scholarship Robert Rubinson Christian-Jewish Encounter Carol and Alan Silberstein Scholarship Franklin Stebbins Christian-Jewish Encounter Deborah Lerner Duane and Daniel J. Duane Scholarship Maria Zuanti Christian-Jewish Encounter Eleanor Siegler Scholarship

Daniel Excellent Cross-Cultural Analysis for Jewish-Christian Studies Curt C. and Else Silberman Scholarship Heather Mecka Jewish-Christian Foundations for Social Service Curt C. and Else Silberman Scholarship Robert Rubinson Jewish-Christian Foundations for Social Service Scholarship in Honor of Hattie Segal donated by Patricia and Stephen Segal Franklin Stebbins Jewish-Christian Foundations for Social Service Curt C. and Else Silberman Scholarship

THE SISTER ROSE THERING FUND SPONSORED SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM Begun in 2003, the SRTF Sponsored Scholarship Program has awarded 150 scholarships for one course per semester to selected teachers in our program. These awards are made by individual supporters of the Fund as a means of introducing the sponsor to a student, allowing them to learn about one another and enabling the sponsor to follow the student through his or her path of study. Students and their sponsors are honored at an annual Awards program held in the spring of each year. We gratefully acknowledge the following donors whose gifts and generosity have provided scholarships this year so the legacy of Sister Rose may live on: The Curt C. and Else Silberman Foundation Deborah Lerner Duane and Daniel J. Duane Hattie and Arnold Segal Endowed Scholarship Patricia and Stephen Segal Carol and Alan Silberstein Dr. Marcia Robbins Wilf Susan Feinstein Allan Janoff We welcome scholarship donations in honor of or in memory of someone. If you would like to donate a Sponsored Scholarship, please contact us at 973-761-9006 or e-mail us at

Thank you

We are pleased to announce that a sponsored scholarship will be provided for the 2018-2019 academic year

In Memory of Marilyn Zirl Through the generosity of

Hattie Segal a founding trustee and faithful supporter to the mission of The Sister Rose Thering Fund for 25 years.

Dear Barbara, This scholarship is named in honor of the many years of devotion that we were lucky enough to enjoy from your mother, Marilyn, whom we shall never forget for her devotion to the principles of Sister Rose. Hattie Segal

Erev shel shoshanim Evening of Roses Let us go out to the grove Myrrh, Spices, and Frankincense Is the carpet under your feet Night falls slowly And a wind of rose blows Let me whisper a song for you slowly A song of love Dawn and the dove coos Your hair is full of dewdrops Your lips are as roses unto the morning I will pick them for myself Lyrics by Moshe Dor

May a wind of roses blow softly in your heart and forever keep the song of Sister Rose singing in your soul. Shalom, dear friends.

Do you teach in a public, private or religious school, grades K-12? You can apply for a scholarship of more than $3,500 for a 3-credit course in the Jewish-Christian Studies Program on-line at or by calling 973-761-9006 or emailing

25th Annual Evening of Roses  

Information regarding the 25th Annual Evening of Roses Gala for the Sister Rose Thering Fund which took place on June 5, 2018.

25th Annual Evening of Roses  

Information regarding the 25th Annual Evening of Roses Gala for the Sister Rose Thering Fund which took place on June 5, 2018.