Touro College South
Rabbi Alan G. Ciner
305-535-1066, ext. 0
For Immediate Release
Miami Beach, Fla., December 3, 2009 - 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 Valor awards 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:
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.
Touro College has experienced phenomenal growth since its founding in 1971, and is currently educating approximately 17,500 students at locations in New York, California, Florida, Nevada, Jerusalem, Moscow, Berlin and Paris. Touro College continues to have a profound impact on the lives of its students and on the Jewish and general communities. For further information on Touro College, please go to http://www.touro.edu/media/ .
Rabbi Alan G. Ciner, Vice President/CEO of Touro College South, presents a N’Shei Chayil-Women of Valor Award to honoree Sisel Klurman at the inaugural reception and dinner held on November 19 at the Miami Beach campus. The awards, honoring nine women, were created by the College to recognize women who have made a contribution to society. Mrs. Klurman, together with her late husband, Samuel Aba, was instrumental in helping Touro College Founder and President Dr. Bernard Lander establish Touro in 1970. She is president of Ganot Corporation, a real estate and investment company, as well as president of AG Holdings, Inc., operators of nursing and rehabilitation centers. Mrs. Klurman 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. (Photo Credit: Jay Bellicchi)
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