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, 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
Judith 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
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.
As 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
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.”
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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