Philanthropists and community leaders look forward to gathering at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City for Yeshiva University’s 90th Annual Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation on Sunday, December 14. The gala evening is a cherished university tradition that recognizes distinguished members of the YU community who have demonstrated committed leadership and dedication to the university’s unique mission.
YU President Richard M. Joel is to confer honorary degrees upon Michael Gamson of Houston, Texas; Judith Weiss of Cleveland, Ohio; and Anita G. Zucker of Charleston, South Carolina.
“Yeshiva University shapes the community and is shaped by the community,” said President Joel. “In this year’s honorees, we are blessed with three people who care, who do, who serve as extraordinary role models, and who reflect the best and the ideals of Yeshiva University.”
Michael Gamson, a member of YU’s board of trustees since 2011 and a member of Yeshiva College’s Board of Overseers, is the senior managing director of Freepoint Commodities, LLC. Previously, he worked at Vitol, ultimately serving as a senior partner, shareholder, and vice chairman of its trading committee. Along with his wife, Barbara, Gamson has endowed the state-of-the-art Dr. Bernard W. Gamson Computational Physics Lab and the Dr. Bernard W. Gamson Physics Teaching Lab at Yeshiva College, both in honor of his late father. The Gamsons have also given generously to the university’s trustee scholarship fund.
Judith Weiss and her husband, Morry J. Weiss, have supported a number of Yeshiva University programs and initiatives, including the establishment of the Stone Sapirstein Center for Jewish Education, and have made gifts to support YU Distance Learning and Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary Distance Learning, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Sy Syms School of Business, Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women, and the Yeshiva University Museum, among other major programs and affiliates. Weiss has a long history of communal involvement and leadership on both the local and national levels, and sits on a number of boards including the Menorah Park Center for Senior Living, where she is a lifetime member of the board, and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.
Anita G. Zucker is chair and chief executive officer of the InterTech Group, Inc., a global holding company with investments in a wide array of industries, including aerospace, advanced chemicals, financial services, consumer products, sports teams and arenas, location-based entertainment, real estate, and alternative energy. A former elementary-school teacher for over a decade, Zucker remains a staunch advocate of advancing education. She is a supporter of YU’s Center for the Jewish Future, and, in 2013, participated in YU’s ChampionsGate conference in Florida, where she delivered a lecture about tikkunolam, repairing the world.
The Hanukkah dinner also includes a special “Points of Light” ceremony honoring students, faculty, and alumni who embody the mission of Yeshiva University and who serve as exemplars of the past, present, and future of YU.
To learn more about the Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation or to participate in the Scroll of Honor, please visit www.yu.edu/hanukkah.