Meet BJ’s Newest Board Members

By Belinda Lasky | Issue Date: September 2011

At the BJ Annual Meeting in June, the BJ community unanimously voted Jeannie Blaustein in as President of the Board of Trustees. Jeannie will serve a three-year term and will bring her many passions to the role of representing the community.

Many thanks to outgoing Board President Jonathan Adelsberg as well as retiring Board members Andrea Newman, Rochelle Friedlich, Benjamin Ross, and Debbie Lerner for their dedicated and creative service to B’nai Jeshurun! The breadth and depth of their work have enriched the community.

Additionally, two new members of the Board of Trustees were nominated and unanimously elected by the membership to serve their terms. Let’s learn about them.

Irvin Rosenthal
Irvin RosenthalIrvin Rosenthal and his family have been BJ members since 1990. Irv is co-chair of BJ’s Building Committee and co-chair of the Morning Minyan (he leads the minyan on Monday mornings). He previously served as a BJ Board member from 2001 to 2007 and co-chaired the renovation of the 88th Street building in 1995-96. Irv is the chief financial officer of UJA-Federation of New York. He was a founder of Plaza Jewish Community Chapel and is a board member and treasurer there. He also was a founder of the JCC in Manhattan and co-chaired its building committee until 2000. Irv and his wife, Ruth Jarmul, are the parents of three daughters who grew up at BJ and led Shabbat and holiday children’s programs: Rebecca, a rabbi and the Director of Children and Family Education at Ikar in Los Angeles; Rachel, a student in the Scholars Circle program at the Drisha Institute; and Sarah, a graduating senior at Brown University.

Jack Stern
Jack SternJack Stern and his wife, Judy, joined BJ five years ago. He is the senior partner at Brain & Spine Surgeons of New York and on the clinical faculty of the Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Neurosurgery. Jack is an editor of SpineLine, a professional publication of the North American Spine Society; he is also finishing a book on spine care. He recently stepped down from the Board of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, has been a long time DOROT weekly visitor, and is President of the Alumni Board of Governors of the Einstein College of Medicine. Once a month, Jack is a sleepover volunteer at the BJ/SPSA homeless shelter. He and Judy find that coming to BJ on Shabbat morning gives them the opportunity to be together in a spiritual space surrounded by a community that reveres the principals of social justice and social action.

Please congratulate everyone on their honors and thank them for their dedication to our community.