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About the Annual Dinner Honorees 2016

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Sabrina Potemkin
30 Sep 2016 2:07 am

Senator Joseph & Hadassah Lieberman

Joseph I. Lieberman, now Senior Counsel at the law firm of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres, and Friedman in New York, was for 24 years a member of the U.S. Senate from Connecticut. At the end of his service in January 2013, he was Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and a senior member of the Armed Services Committee. Through both Committee positions, he became a leader in protecting the security of the American people and supporting American international leadership. Senator Lieberman is known as a national leader who works across party lines to get things done and who speaks his conscience regardless of the political consequences. Before his election to the Senate in 1988, Senator Lieberman served 10 years in the Connecticut State Senate and 6 years as Connecticut’s Attorney General. In 2000 he was the Democratic candidate for Vice President of the United States.
Senator Joseph and Hadassah Freilich Lieberman have four children and 11 grandchildren.
Hadassah Freilich Lieberman has dedicated much of her life’s work to health issues, assisting nonprofit organizations, improving educational standards, and promoting international understanding. Her focus on global women’s health issues has reinforced her belief that health diplomacy is of utmost importance; and that prevention and treatment of women’s health problems builds a natural commonality. Her international focus has included microfinance projects which are improving the social status of women as they alleviate poverty.
Most recently, Mrs. Lieberman left Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists. As a Global Ambassador with Komen for the Cure’s Global Initiative for Breast Cancer, she worked to create sustainable breast cancer outreach and education programs around the world.
Domestically, she developed an Advisory Network for Women’s Health, promoting awareness and prevention of heart disease. She directed HFL & Associates, an independent consulting firm dedicated to expanding domestic and international awareness of non-profit organizations; developed a series of national conferences on health-related issues at APCO Associates; worked to link American business and industry to world class standards in mathematics and science at the National Research Council; launched an $11 million health care campaign for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals; developed a public affairs department at Hoffmann-La Roche; and worked as a research analyst at Lehman Brothers.
She currently is on the board of the Open University. Mrs. Lieberman also has devoted considerable time and energy to community service, which has included Best Friends, a youth development and character building program for teenage girls; Meridian House, a nonprofit educational institution that promotes international understanding; and the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation, which memorializes victims of the Holocaust. She recently completed ten years as a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. She was a member of the United States delegation to the commemoration ceremonies marking the liberation of Auschwitz and has participated in international forums on environmental and socioeconomic issues in Eastern Europe. She also has chaired the annual Ambassadors Ball, sponsored by the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Hadassah Lieberman was born in Prague, Czech Republic. She left Eastern Europe in 1949, with her family and moved to Gardner, Massachusetts where she grew up. Mrs. Lieberman graduated from Boston University with a degree in Government and Dramatics. She received a Masters degree in international relations and American government from Northeastern University.

Marc & Beth Bengualid

Marc and Beth Bengualid have dedicated their adult lives to supporting their communities and Jewish causes.  They lived in Scarsdale for 17 years where Marc was the gabbai of the Sephardic minyan at the Young Israel of Scarsdale and was on the Board of Trustees. Beth involved herself in the Sisterhood and participated in many of their committees.  Beth trained as a nurse, and in her work she has been an advocate for children and families in need.  The Bengualids joined American Friends of Reuth several years ago, after attending a Reuth dinner as guests of Sharon and Michael Freudenstein. Beth and Marc were inspired by the unique quality of care that Reuth offers and have been active supporters of Reuth ever since.
Marc is a great-great grandson of the revered Rabbi Isaac Bengualid of Tetouan, Morocco. Marc grew up in Manhattan, and is an attorney specializing in litigation, and he also runs a real estate business of commercial properties and management. His family has a long history of supporting Jewish education and Jewish organizations. Marc’s father Henri is a trustee emeritus of Congregation Shearith Israel, where his sister Dr. Victoria Bengualid is currently a trustee.  Beth and Marc moved to Manhattan four years ago and are active participants in the Sephardic Minyan at Congregation Kehillath Jeshurun on the Upper East Side. They have three children: Elana married to Jack Harary; Michele, a senior at New York University; and Jacob, a sophomore at Ramaz High School.

Suri Grussgott

Suri Grussgott grew up in Philadelphia and Montreal. She received her B.A. in Jewish Studies from Rutgers College and a Masters of Public Administration from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.
Suri is the Assistant Director of the World Jewish Congress, North America. Prior to joining the WJC, she served as an Assistant Director at the New York City Comptroller’s Office and headed the Intergovernmental Relations Bureau at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget. While there, she also served as the City’s lobbyist in Albany on fiscal issues.

A few years ago, at the encouragement of her friend, Marleen Litt, Suri attended her first Reuth annual dinner.  There she heard first hand — from both patients and doctors — about the extraordinary care offered at Reuth Rehabilitation Hospital. She was moved, and ever since has been an active member of the Young Leadership division, where she helps to plan various events throughout the year.

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