May 19, 2005 — The Yeshiva University Women’s Organization (YUWO) will honor Bina Blumenfrucht and her children, Talia Vegh, Reina Malki Roth, and Marc Blumenfrucht, at its 77th Annual Spring Luncheon and Ballet Benefit on Wednesday, June 8, in the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Dominick P. Purpura, MD, the Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean of YU’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine, will receive a special award from YUWO for distinguished leadership. This is the 50th year since the passing of Albert Einstein and the 50th anniversary of the renowned medical school to which he gave his name.
The event will begin with a reception at 11 am, followed by the luncheon at 11:30 am on the Grand Tier of the opera house, and a performance of “Raymonda” at 2 pm by the American Ballet Theatre.
YUWO National Board member Bina Blumenfrucht has been involved in Jewish communal life for many years. Mrs. Blumenfrucht, who was president of her own real estate development firm, is a member of the boards of YU’s Stern College for Women and the Raritan Valley Bikur Cholim, a former board member of the Park Mikvah in Highland Park/Edison and Moshe Aaron Yeshiva High School in South River, and a former first vice president of Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva of Edison.
Her daughter Talia Vegh is a graduate of Stern College who is studying for her master’s degree in special education at Touro College. Her daughter Reina Roth graduates this spring with honors in science from Stern College. Her son, Marc, is a freshman at The Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/Yeshiva University High School for Boys.
Dr. Purpura, who recently announced his plans to retire, has been dean of the College of Medicine since 1984 and is the longest-serving dean of any medical school in the country. He holds the additional title of vice president for medical affairs at Yeshiva University.
Dr. Purpura is an award-winning neuroscientist as well as a distinguished educator and administrator. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and its Institute of Medicine, he is internationally known for studies in mental retardation that demonstrated the primary involvement of certain structural abnormalities of nerve cells in the brain. Dr. Purpura is also widely recognized for work on the origins of brain waves, developmental neurobiology, and the mechanism of epilepsy.
Luncheon co-chairmen are Esther Ades, Charyn Atlas, Esther Joel, Sandra Lerer, Melinda Russak, Sydelle Slochowsky, Chavie Tilson, and Michali Weinstein. Dinah Pinczower is national chairman of the YUWO board and Caron Enlander, Harriet Muss, Maguy Naparstek, and Gabrielle Propp comprise the YUWO presidium.
For reservations and information, please call (212) 960-0855. Special rates have been set for young adults and for children who will be accompanied to the luncheon and ballet by their parents and/or grandparents. Luxury round-trip motor coach transportation from Lawrence, LI, to the event is available by calling (516) 239-2433