Aaron Feuerstein, Founder, Chair, CEO, Malden Mills, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at Graduation Ceremonies on Thursday, May 3, 2007 at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York.
Aaron Feuerstein is the President and CEO and the third generation owner of Malden Mills®, the inventor and maker of Polartec® performance fabrics. He became a national hero and roll model to millions just six years ago, when Malden Mills was devastated by the largest industrial fire in Massachusetts history. He vowed to rebuild Malden Mills® on the same site and continued to pay his employees their wages and benefits during the rebuilding effort. His actions saved hundreds of jobs in the community. Recognized for his dedication to his community, he was invited by President Clinton to the State of the Union Address as an honored guest and also received 12 honorary degrees, including one from Boston University.
Leading the company founded by his grandfather Henry Feuerstein in 1906, whose devotion to Judaism led him to found Malden Mills at the turn of the century when he emigrated from Hungary, and following in the footsteps of his father Samuel C. Feuerstein, Aaron Feuerstein has managed Malden Mills' growth over the past five decades. He was born in Brookline in 1925, attended the Boston Latin School and graduated in 1947 from New York City's Yeshiva University, majoring in English and philosophy. His father was one of the original founders of the Young Israel Synagogue in Brookline and a leader with the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations.
At the College-Institute's Graduation Ceremony, honorary Doctor of Humane Letter degrees were also awarded to Dr. Judith Plaskow, Professor of Religious Studies, Manhattan College; Lynn Shusterman, Founder and Chair, Charles and Lynn Shusterman Family Foundation; Harold Tanner, Chair, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations; and Burton Lehman, Past Chair, Board of Governors, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
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