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Goldman-Wartell to Receive the College's Associates' Award at Fundraising Luncheon on Thursday, March 6, 2008

Allentown, PA (February 11, 2008) - Rabbi Barbara Goldman-Wartell will be honored as the recipient of the 2008 Cedar Crest College Associates' Award.  Goldman-Wartell will receive the award at the Associates' Award Luncheon, Thursday, March 6th at 11:45 a.m. in the Dining Room of the Tompkins College Center, Cedar Crest College.  Goldman-Wartell will be recognized for her outstanding leadership and commitment to Lehigh Valley interfaith relations.

Barbara Goldman-Wartell is the Director of Community Services for the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, Jewish Educator at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Allentown, and serves as the rabbi of Congregation B'nai Harim in Pocono Pines, PA. 

In addition, she serves on the Board for the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding at Muhlenberg College where she has assisted in the planning and leadership of many programs.  She is also one of the leaders and developers of the Lehigh Valley Darfur Coalition, working closely with the local Amnesty International chapter, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown, student groups, the Muslim Association of the Lehigh Valley, and a number of Protestant and Jewish congregations.  She was active in the Jewish Presbyterian Leadership Dialogue group three years ago and is currently part of the Lehigh County Conference of Churches' newly formed Interfaith in Action Group which brings many faith groups together to help those in need in our community.   She is also involved with the Interfaith Coalition for Community Service which is organizing its first Interfaith Day of Community Service on Sunday, April 6, 2008. 

Having lived in the Lehigh Valley for 19 years has offered Goldman-Wartell various opportunities for developing interfaith relations.  For several years she participated in a Jewish women's Rosh Chodesh group that celebrates the new Jewish month. She has sung in Jewish choirs and in the Celebration of Hope Gathering in 1994. Following the '94 event, she was part of a group of women of faith who met for several years to share their common bonds and learn about their differences. 

Goldman-Wartell developed the Jewish Family Education programs at the JCC, Temple Beth El and Congregation Brith Sholom, to support family units and offer interactive, enriching Jewish family programs.   She also developed programs for parents and young children at the JCC and the Jewish Parenting Place, a comfortable place for parents and children to spend time together.  She coordinated the annual Community Purim Carnival at the JCC for 5 years, bringing the community together for fun and to raise money for Tay Sachs and Canavan disease research. This year, she coordinated the Festival of Jewish Books and Authors, bringing 14 national authors to the community for programs, including Judith Viorst.  Her work at the Jewish Federation includes working with the Community Relations Council, Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Day and Yom Hazikaron, Israel's Memorial Day commemorations, and overseeing the Holocaust Resource Center.  As a member of the Lehigh Valley Jewish Clergy Group, she has led Torah text study sessions in the Jewish community and more recently also at Moravian Theological Seminary.

"Rabbi Barbara is a community leader whose successful career certainly reflects Cedar Crest College's mission of promoting women's leadership," says Warren Armstrong, chair of the Board of Associates.  "She has distinguished herself in a non-traditional profession, deftly managing the varied demands of her professional life, community service and family obligations.  She is an admirable role model for Cedar Crest students."

Goldman-Wartell attended the University of Illinois and University of Maryland where she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in social work with a certificate of concentration in aging. She also holds a master's degree in modern Jewish history from Baltimore Hebrew College.  She was ordained as a rabbi from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, and is a certified hospital chaplain, having completed a residency at Lutheran General Hospital.

She currently resides in Orefield with her husband, Cantor Kevin Wartell, and son Ari.  Their daughter MiRit is a nursing student at Cedar Crest College.

In receiving the award, Goldman-Wartell joins a distinguished group of past honorees: Adrienne Angeletti Snelling '52 and Dr. Charles D. Snelling,  an alumna and local supporter of the arts, and a Life Trustee of the College, respectively; Dr. Marilyn L. Steinbright, a former Trustee of the College and local philanthropist (2006); the late Charles Fletcher, past-president of the associates (2005); Charles and Constance Noonan, long-term associates of the College (2004); Dr. Anne Okal Winkler '51, Cedar Crest College Trustee and pioneer in the field of nursing (2003); the late Abram Samuels, Cedar Crest College Trustee, philanthropist and former Chairman of the Board of Automatic Devices, Inc. (2002); Kathryn Stephanoff, Director of the Allentown Public Library (2001); Joan Miller Moran, activist and volunteer (2000); Helene M. Whitaker '71, Cedar Crest Trustee and Vice President of Administration at Northampton Community College (1999); Cynthia Blaschak '84, Chair of Cedar Crest College Board of Trustees and President of Blaschak Coal Company (1998); Jane S. Baker '67, former Pennsylvania State Representative and former Lehigh County Executive (1997); Elsbeth G. Haymon, community activist and development director for Community Services for Children (1996); The Honorable Madeline Palladino (1995); Alice Anne Miller, Cedar Crest College Trustee (1994); and Ardath Rodale, CEO, Rodale Inc. (1993).

Founded in 1964, the Associates of Cedar Crest College are business, professional and civic leaders from the greater Lehigh Valley area who have demonstrated a continuing interest toward the pursuit of excellence in the liberal arts education of women.  The Associates joined the College in an effort to develop close ties with business and community leaders and to directly participate in the development of higher education.  In 1981, they began awarding student scholarships in order to play a more substantial role in educating future leaders.  The Associates also assist the Board of Trustees and the President in achieving a broader community understanding of the philosophy and educational program of the College.  They are encouraged to participate in the life of the College community so they can benefit from its cultural experience and be better equipped to share the values, talents and resources of Cedar Crest with the community.

Tickets to the Associates' Award Luncheon honoring Rabbi Barbara Goldman-Wartell are available at $40/person or $300 per table (8 places).  Sponsorship opportunities are also available.  For tickets and information, contact the Cedar Crest College Special Events Hotline at 610-740-3791.



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