Theodore L. Schwartz to be honored by HUC-JIR

Monday, October 1, 2007

On Sunday, November 18, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's (HUC-JIR) 25th Annual Cincinnati Associates Tribute Dinner will honor local businessman and philanthropist, Theodore L. Schwartz. The event will recognize Mr. Schwartz for his commitment to numerous civic and educational organizations, and for the enduring support he has provided the College-Institute. 

Theodore (Ted) Schwartz is General Partner of Palmway Investments in Cincinnati and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Lion Apparel, Inc., of Dayton, Ohio. Ted serves as a member of the Board of Governors of HUC-JIR, and in addition has served as a distinguished member of the Board of Overseers of HUC-JIR's Cincinnati School, including a term as chairman, since 1979. Ted and his late wife, Debbie, endowed the T.L. and Debra Schwartz Scholarship Fund to benefit first-year rabbinical students in HUC-JIR's Year-in-Israel Program. He also served as a member of the State of Israel Bond Council. 

Ted's impressive involvement in community service has been legendary for the past sixty years. His numerous leadership roles have included committee chairmanships with the American Red Cross and division chairman of the United Way/Community Chest Campaigns. He has served as a trustee of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

For over twenty years, Ted also has served as a very involved board member of the Glen Manor Home for the Aged, now Cedar Village, and as its president for three years. Currently, he serves as a valued member of the Board of Boys Hope/Girls Hope, and he was presented with the Heart of Gold Award for his untiring and extraordinary support of Boys Hope/Girls Hope of Cincinnati. He serves as a trustee of the Walnut Hills High School Alumni Foundation and takes an ongoing interest in the academic excellence of the school from which he graduated in 1941.

Ted has been a long-time benefactor of education and the arts through his support of the University of Cincinnati, College of Mount St. Joseph, Contemporary Arts Center, and Cincinnati Ballet Company. 

Ted is a member of the Isaac M. Wise Temple in Cincinnati and Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, Florida. A native of Cincinnati, Ted is a graduate of Walnut Hills High School and attended the University of Cincinnati. Ted retains his love of tennis and continues to support inner city youth tennis programs in the Greater Cincinnati area. In his adventurous life he was an avid pilot for many years, and continues to be a collector of vintage automobiles and Americana Art. He is the father of two sons, Steve and Andy, and the proud grandfather of Olivia, Sam, Devorah & Judah. 

Thomas L. Conlan, Jr. and Mona B. Kerstine serve as co-chairs of the Tribute Dinner. James E. Schwab of U.S. Bank will lead the 2007 Tribute Dinner Corporate Council, and Dr. Stanley M. Kaplan and Harris K. Weston are honorary chairs. Dr. Alfred Gottschalk, HUC-JIR Chancellor Emeritus, who served as President of HUC-JIR for 25 years, from 1971 to 1996, will be the featured guest speaker. 


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first 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 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