HUC-JIR/Cincinnati's 24th Annual Associates Tribute Dinner Honors H. Jerome Lerner - Sunday, Nov. 19

Monday, October 2, 2006

At its 24th Annual Cincinnati Associates Tribute Dinner, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) will honor Cincinnati native, H. Jerome Lerner, on Sunday, November 19, 2006, at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. A stellar model of civic and philanthropic achievement, Jerry Lerner will be recognized for his tireless efforts on behalf of HUC-JIR and the Cincinnati community. The Tribute Dinner will benefit the graduate and professional programs of HUC-JIR. Ambassador Dennis Ross, Former U.S. Envoy to the Middle East, is the featured guest speaker. Elaine and Bob Blatt serve as this year's dinner co-chairs. Richard T. Farmer, founder and Chairman of the Board of Cintas Corporation, is heading the Tribute Dinner Corporate Council. 

Prominent leaders of the local business community join the Corporate Council annually and promote HUC-JIR's mission. Serving on Mr. Farmer's Corporate Council (in formation) are: Sara Behrman, Capstone Realty Advisors, Leonard H. Berenfield, Berenfield Containers, Inc., Neil K. Bortz, Towne Properties LLC, Margaret Buchanan, The Cincinnati Enquirer, William P. Butler, Corporex Companies Inc., Thomas G. Cody, Federated Department Stores, Inc., John Davies, Bishopric, Inc., Theodore D. Dickman, BKD LLP, David B. Dillon, The Kroger Company, William A. Friedlander, Bartlett & Company, Reverend Michael J. Graham, Xavier University, Richard F. Greiwe, Greiwe Interiors, Inc., Joe Hale, Duke Energy, Robin E. Harvey, Baker and Hostetler LLP, James G. Heldman, Strauss & Troy, Paul W. Heldman, The Kroger Company, Daniel J. Hoffheimer, Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Karen M. Hoguet, Federated Department Stores, Inc., Mark J. Jahnke, Katz, Teller, Brant & Hild, Kevin Kabat, Fifth Third Bancorp, Dr. Stanley M. Kaplan, G&J Pepsi Cola, Bottlers, Inc., Robert J. Kohlhepp, Cintas, Carl H. Lindner, American Financial Group, Inc., Lynn Marmer, The Kroger Company, David B. O'Maley, Ohio National Financial Services, James A. Miller, Bartlett & Company, Paul Muething, Keating, Muething & Klekamp, Maribeth S. Rahe, Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Robert C. Reifsnyder, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Marvin Rosenberg, Towne Properties LLC, Robert A. Sullivan, Fifth Third Bank, Sr. Francis Marie Thrailkill, College of Mount St. Joseph, James E. Schwab, U.S. Bank, John Taylor, The PNC Financial Services Group, Richard A. Weiland, Richard Consulting Corporation, and Chad P. Wick, KnowledgeWorks Foundation. 

Jerry Lerner-owner of HJL Enterprises, a management consulting services company, located in Cincinnati, that he founded in 1985-looks back on an impressive career in business, spanning more than 40 years from his first position as Director of Trade Development (1961-1963) at DuBois Chemical Inc. (now part of Johnson Diversity) to Chairman of Crane Connectors in Cincinnati. Most of his extraordinary career was spent as Executive Vice President of Texo Corp. (1963-1985) and as President of the Straus Keilson Company (1971-1986). Lerner has dedicated his time and expertise to other local businesses, serving on many company boards; especially noteworthy are the Touchstone Family of Funds, Cincinnati, and BASCO Shower Enclosures in Mason, Ohio. 

A longstanding member of the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, serving as co-chair of the Cincinnati Board of Overseers from 1997 to 2000, Lerner is very involved in many Cincinnati philanthropic organizations. He has held positions on numerous boards including chairman of the board of Cedar Village, and the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, where he served as campaign chair. 

Lerner is a graduate of Walnut Hills High School, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the prestigious Wharton School-the world's first collegiate business school-at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati. He and his wife, Mimi, have three children and six grandchildren. 

Founded in 1875, HUC-JIR is one of Cincinnati's oldest, most valuable cultural resources and a true city landmark. Its programs draw on the College-Institute's rich and unprecedented resources, thus affording students the highest standard of scholarship and training. The Cincinnati campus has earned the distinction of excellence in research, training, and learning. It includes the Rabbinical School and the School of Graduate Studies, which offers masters' and doctoral degrees to an international student body composed of scholars of all faiths. 

The Associates of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion are men and women whose commitment and annual support augment the College-Institute's educational and scholarly programs. For additional information about the Tribute Dinner or becoming an Associate of HUC-JIR, contact Cathy F. Weinberger, Director of Development and Public Affairs, at (513) 487-3222. 


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu