• Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation

  • Honorees

    Yeshiva University’s annual Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation, a cherished University tradition, will be held on Sunday, December 14, 2014.

    Each year, we confer honorary degrees on outstanding members from the University community and beyond who have demonstrated committed leadership and dedication to education.

  • Michael Gamson, Honorary Degree Recipient

    Michael GamsonMichael Gamson, a member of Yeshiva University’s Board of Trustees, is the Senior Managing Director of Freepoint Commodities LLC, which provides commodity trading and marketing services. Previously, he worked at Vitol, ultimately serving as a Senior Partner, Shareholder and Vice Chairman of its trading committee. Over a span of 13 years through 2010, he helped grow Vitol into the largest physical oil trading company in the world.

    Along with his wife, Barbara, Gamson has endowed state-of-the-art physics laboratories at Yeshiva College—the Dr. Bernard W. Gamson Computational Physics Lab and the Dr. Bernard W. Gamson Physics Teaching Lab—and has given generously to the Yeshiva University Trustee Scholarship Fund. He made a $1 million gift in honor of his father to support the Counterpoint Israel summer programs for disadvantaged and underprivileged youth in Southern Israel. Gamson was formally inducted into the YU Board of Trustees in June 2011; he is also a member of the Yeshiva College Board of Overseers. In supporting YU, he is perpetuating the philanthropic legacy of his father, Dr. Bernard W. Gamson, a”h, one of YU’s most devoted friends for many years and a longtime member of Yeshiva College’s Board of Directors.

    Michael and Barbara have two daughters: Emma and Carly.

    Judith Weiss, Honorary Degree Recipient

    Judith WeissJudith Weiss and her husband, Morry J. Weiss, have supported a number of Yeshiva University programs and initiatives, including the establishment of the Stone Sapirstein Center for Jewish Education, and have made gifts to support YU Distance Learning and RIETS Distance Learning, Cardozo, Sy Syms School of Business, Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women and the YU Museum, among other major programs and affiliates.

    Weiss graduated Notre Dame College with a degree in accounting in 1983, while also raising her young children. She worked as a CPA for 10 years and began a long career of communal involvement and leadership, including serving on the boards, in varying positions of leadership, of the Cleveland chapter of AMIT Women, Israel Bonds and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, as well as the Menorah Park Center for Senior Living and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. She previously served as a trustee of the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, and for 12 years, served on the national board of the American Joint Distribution Committee. Presently, she serves on the international board of Nishmat, an Israel-based international organization dedicated to women’s scholarship, leadership and social responsibility. Nishmat’s Judith Weiss Counseling Program enables Ethiopian Israeli students with support and counseling during their college studies and beginning of their professional careers.

    The Weiss' have four sons—Gary ’84YC (and Hildee ’89S), a member of the Yeshiva College Board of Overseers; Jeffrey ’85SB (and Karen ’90C); Zev ’88YC (and Rachel), a member of the Azrieli Board of Overseers; and Elie (and Sara)—and 13 grandchildren.

    Anita G. Zucker, Honorary Degree Recipient

    Anita G. ZuckerAs the child of Holocaust survivors, Anita Zucker flourished under the guidance and wisdom of her parents, Carl a”h and Rose Goldberg. Their blend of life lessons, leadership and a drive for improving the world would ultimately help build the foundation upon which Anita Zucker would evolve and thrive as a philanthropic, community and business leader.   

    She now serves as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of The InterTech Group, Inc.  The InterTech Group is a global holding company that owns or has investments in a wide array of industries including aerospace, advanced chemicals, financial services, consumer products, sports teams and arenas, location-based entertainment, real estate and alternative energy.

    In 2013, Anita attended YU’s ChampionsGate program in Florida, where she gave an ELI talk about tikkun olam and how it should be a guiding principle that influences every aspect of our lives. She has also visited with the students on both the Wilf and Beren Campuses and found her discussions with students immersed in various disciplines to be “impactful.” “I spoke with students studying business and Jewish history, students studying for the rabbinate and medical careers, and so many other students all taking advantage of YU’s broad quality secular education as well as its fabulous Jewish education,” said Anita. “It’s through Jewish education that we impart our values, and that’s what I see at YU: students being given the tools not only to have successful careers but to have successful lives founded on timeless values. I’m proud to be a part of YU, and I’ve loved learning more about it. I’m especially proud to support its Center for the Jewish Future. Its mission of tikkun olam matches perfectly with my family’s goals for helping to repair the world.”

    Anita is deeply involved with the local Charleston community and has held a number of leadership roles in various organizations, initiatives and causes. She has received many awards in recognition of her civic leadership. 

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