Laurence Tarica Inducted into Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Monday, June 15, 2015

[From left] Andrew R. Berger, Chair, HUC-JIR Board of Governors; Rabbi Denise L. Eger; Cary Davidson; Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, HUC-JIR President; Michael J. Halpern; and Laurence Tarica.

Laurence Tarica, a prominent business and civic leader, was inducted into the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion at its meeting on June 8, 2015 in New York.

“HUC-JIR is honored to welcome Larry Tarica, who brings tremendous expertise, wisdom, and dedication to our sacred mission of ensuring Jewish leadership for the generations to come,” stated Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., HUC-JIR President.

Tarica joined Jimlar Corporation in 1971, where he has served in leadership roles in sourcing, design and development, sales, strategic planning.  He became President, Chief Operating Officer in 1991, and became Group President, Footwear Division, LF USA in 2011.

Jimlar Corporation is the oldest continuously operating footwear import company in America.  It was founded by Victor and Madeleine Tarica in 1956.  Jim Tarica and Larry Tarica, their sons, led the organization together for 43 years.  Jimlar was acquired by LF USA in 2010.  Jimlar owns the Frye Boot Company and is the footwear licensee of Coach and Calvin Klein.  In addition, Jimlar provides design and sourcing services to a broad range of retail, wholesale, and catalogue clients. 

Jimlar was selected as the footwear industry’s Company of the Year in 1993, and in 2004 and 2005 respectively, Frye was selected as Footwear News and Footwear Plus Brand of the Year.  Recently Frye was awarded The Accessories Council’s inaugural Legacy Award.  Jim and Larry Tarica were inducted into the Footwear Industry Hall of Fame in 2011 

Before being acquired, Jimlar was regularly recognized as one of Long Island’s largest privately held companies.  Jimlar Corporation and its Frye Division are involved in many community service initiatives, but particularly as a part of the FFANY led industry effort to fight Breast Cancer and as part of Project A.L.S.’ efforts to fund a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.  Jim and Larry Tarica were honored in 2005 by The Two Ten Foundation with the shoe industry’s highest honor, The T. Kenyon Holly Humanitarian Award.

For 25 years, Tarica has served as a Board Member for the two leading industry organizations: Footwear Distributors and Retailers Association (FDRA), where he has fulfilled many officer roles, including Vice Chairman, and Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY), where his officer roles included Chairman.

A prominent civic leader, he has served on the Board of Directors at Project A. L. S., the Board of Trustees of American Jewish Committee, and the President’s Council of HUC-JIR. He served as President of The Community Synagogue and as Vice President of the Sands Point Civic Association.

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.