Nov 13, 2008 — Yeshiva University (YU) will bestow an honorary doctorate on Roslyn Goldstein at YU’s 84th Annual Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation on Sunday, Dec. 14 at The Waldorf Astoria. YU will also confer honorary degrees on four other leaders: David Feuerstein; Elliot Gibber; Rabbi Haskel Lookstein; and New York’s governor, the Honorable David A. Paterson.
For Mrs. Goldstein, and her husband, Leslie, supporting stem cell research and its potential treatments of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other diseases is a profoundly personal one, triggered by President George W. Bush’s vetoes of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. “This could wake people up,” she said at the time. “The private sector also has a responsibility to take care of society.” The Goldsteins made the decision to take on that responsibility by supporting the research of Dr. Mark Mehler, founding director of the Institute for Brain Disorders and Neural Regeneration at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at YU.
“Mark has great ambition to find cures,” said Mrs. Goldstein, who joined the Einstein Board of Overseers in 2005. “He works day and night and is always in his lab. He’s a great humanitarian and he’s become a great friend.”
The Goldsteins established the Leslie and Roslyn Goldstein Foundation in 1980. The Foundation is not only a key supporter of stem cell research but also funds cancer research, many Jewish agencies and synagogues, health care and other philanthropic organizations. Mrs. Goldstein serves on the board of the American Friends of Jordan River Village, a camp for seriously ill children in Israel. The Jordan River camp, a project initiated by actor Paul Newman, will aid Jewish, Christian and Muslim children in need.
She is currently a national commissioner of the Anti-Defamation League and a board member of Evelyn Lauder’s Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the American Friends of the Israel Museum. She was formerly president of the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford and Darien (CT), a former trustee of the Healthcare Chaplaincy, Inc., and a former president of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.
Mrs. Goldstein founded RB Enterprises, a jewelry design business that specialized in unique designs utilizing precious gems. Mr. Goldstein is a former director of Advanced Magnetics, Inc, a publicly traded pharmaceutical company founded by him and his brother. He served as an investment analyst and advisor with Ingalls & Snyder, LLC prior to his retirement.
Roslyn and Leslie Goldstein have a son and daughter and six grandchildren. “For my children and grandchildren,” she said, “we must find cures through stem cell research for everyone’s children and grandchildren.”