Jan 30, 2004 — Albert Einstein College of Medicine will honor Richard M. Joel, the new president of Yeshiva University, and philanthropists and community leaders, Rita and Philip Rosen, at its annual Palm Beach Gala, Sunday, February 15, at The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach.
President Joel, who was inaugurated as the fourth president of Yeshiva University in September 2003, will be recognized for his dedication to the mission of Einstein and the University, and for his exemplary achievements as an educator and an international communal leader. Mr. and Mrs. Rosen will receive the Einstein Lifetime Achievement Award for their more than four decades of extraordinary service to the College of Medicine.
Rita and Philip Rosen have been making a difference in the lives of the sick and less fortunate for more than four and one-half decades, with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine enjoying a special place close to their hearts. Einstein Benefactors, they have used their energies and talents to help the College of Medicine grow and flourish, and the Philip and Rita Rosen Department of Communications and Public Affairs is named in their honor.
Mr. Rosen is a founding member of the College’s Men’s Division. He served as the Division’s third chairman and is currently a member of its Executive Board. Elected to the Einstein Board of Overseers in 1977, he has been a vice chairperson since 1994.
Mrs. Rosen, who was elected an Einstein Overseer in 1983, is an honorary president of the Division and a founder of the Westchester/Fairfield Chapter, where she currently chairs the Board of Directors. She is a Board member of the Division’s New York Chapter. An accomplished actress and Einstein’s “resident film-maker,” she has produced and narrated several multi-image and video presentations that depict the history and accomplishments of the College.
Mr. and Mrs. Rosen have been widely recognized for their good deeds and are recipients of the Einstein Humanitarian Award. Yeshiva University conferred an honorary doctorate on Phil in 1992 and on Rita in 2000.
The Rosen’s philanthropic leadership extends beyond the Einstein campus to many other worthy organizations including JBI International (formerly the Jewish Braille Institute), where Phil serves as a vice president. Their numerous honors also include awards from the National Council of Christians and Jews and the Anti-Defamation League. Benefactors of Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, the Rosens are also major supporters of Israel Bonds and UJA-Federation.
A recipient of the Harriet Jonas Award of the American Jewish Committee, Mrs. Rosen will receive the Lizette H. Sarnoff Award for Volunteer Services at Einstein’s Spirit of Achievement Luncheon this coming May. The College’s Men’s Division honored her in 1999 for her creative and inspiring community leadership.
Mr. and Mrs. Rosen’s children—Phyllis Raskin, Wendy and Robert Landes, and Michael and Stephanie Rosen—are active in behalf of Einstein and other worthy causes.
President Joel extolled the “superlative and ethical import” of science and medicine at Einstein in his inaugural address and other speeches. Einstein science, he says, includes pioneering research in genetics, cardiology, cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and other diseases. Central to President Joel’s vision is the ability of Einstein and other YU graduate schools to ensure that learning and knowledge advance society ethically and intellectually, as well as professionally.
Chairing the dinner-dance are Renée and Robert A. Belfer and Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz. Proceeds will benefit the College of Medicine’s capital campaign.
Further information about the Palm Beach Gala may be obtained by telephoning (561) 659-5637 or (888) 788-4206.
The Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University is one of the nation’s premier centers for medical education and biomedical research. Since it first opened its doors to students in 1955, the impressive accomplishments of its scientific investigators and the excellence of its programs in basic and clinical research have been widely recognized. The College consistently ranks among the nation’s leaders in basic research support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH.) The medical school also has earned “Center of Excellence” status from the NIH in six major biomedical fields—autoimmune disease, brain research, cancer, diabetes, liver disease, and sickle-cell disease.