YESHIVA BETH YEHUDAH

ANNUAL DINNER 2023


SAVE THE DATE

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2023

4:30 PM

GUEST SPEAKER

RON KLAIN

White House Chief of Staff to the President of the United States

Ron Klain is the White House Chief of Staff to the President of the United States.

 

He previously served as President Biden’s first Chief of Staff when he became Vice President (2009-11); Chief Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the president-elect’s tenure as Chair of the Committee (1989-92); and Policy Advisor on the Judiciary Committee staff (1986-87). Klain also worked as an advisor on President-elect Biden’s 1988 and 2008 Presidential campaigns.

 

Klain has devoted many years to public service, serving as White House Ebola Response Coordinator (2014-15). At the conclusion of his work coordinating the US response, President Obama said that Klain had taken on “a challenge that many called insurmountable, and, in leading the team responsible for tremendous progress, helped remind the world what makes America exceptional.” Earlier, in addition to his work with then-Vice President Biden, Klain served as Chief of Staff for Vice President Al Gore, Chief of Staff and Counselor to Attorney General Janet Reno, and Staff Director of the Senate  Democratic Leadership Committee. Klain was also Associate Counsel to President Clinton and in charge of judicial selection. Through his work on the Judiciary Committee, and in the Executive Branch, he has played a role in the selection or confirmation of eight Supreme Court Justices.

 

Prior to joining the Biden for President campaign, Klain was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Revolution LLC. In 2005, prior to joining Revolution, Klain spent four years as a partner and National Practice Group Chair at O’Melveny & Myers. Klain began his legal career as a law clerk to Justice Byron White, for the Supreme Court’s 1987 and 1988 Terms. He was also General Counsel for the Gore Recount Committee in 2000.

 

Serving as an advisor on several Presidential campaigns, Klain has worked for Presidents Obama and Clinton, and Democratic Presidential nominees Al Gore, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. Ron Klain graduated summa cum laude from Harvard Law School, was an Editor of the Harvard Law Review, and won the Sears Prize for highest grade average in 1985. He was a summa cum laude graduate of Georgetown University, where he serves an Adjunct Professor. Klain is married to Monica Medina and they have three grown children.

OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AWARDEE

JAMES GROSFELD

So many in the Detroit metropolitan area and beyond have been touched by Nancy and Jim Grosfeld’s generosity.

 

Jim was born and raised in Woodmere, Long Island and later moved to New York City.  He attended Amherst College and Columbia Law School.  He joined the Wall Street law firm of Kelly, Drye, Newhall in New York City and later became House Counsel to Goodbody & Company.  He was also a founding partner of two hedge funds.  In 1974, Jim joined the Pulte Group as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, where he remained until his retirement.  Since he has been a private investor.

 

Jim has served on the Advisory Board of Fannie Mae, and as a Director of Interstate Bakeries Corporation, Addington Resources, Ramco-Gershenson, Copart, Inc. and Lexington Realty Trust.  He was also a director of BlackRock, where he served for over 20 years.

 

Jim has also served on the boards of the Anti-Defamation League, The United Jewish Foundation of Metro Detroit, Temple Beth El and Henry Ford Hospital.

 

Jim has chosen to focus his philanthropic efforts on ensuring a strong future for Detroit and its Jewish community.  Among the healthcare, academic and research causes that he supports, Jim holds the Yeshiva close to his heart.  He attends the Yeshiva Dinner every year and sits on the dais.  In 2019, in a truly inspiring and benevolent tribute, Jim dedicated the new campus of the Beth Jacob Girls School in honor of his wife, Nancy.

 

Nancy and Jim are the parents of Jenna and Jason Grosfeld, Drs. Rachel Kukes Schwartz and Mark Schwartz, and adoring grandparents of Jay, Alex and Janie Grosfeld and Benjamin, Jonathan and Julia Schwartz.

CHAIRPERSONS

JERRY 

NORCIA

Event Chair

STEVE

STEINOUR

Corporate Committee

Chair

 

DAN
GILBERT

Honorary Chair

 

NANCY
GROSFELD

Honorary Chair

 

VINNIE
JOHNSON

Honorary Chair

 

PENNY

BLUMENSTEIN

Honoree Tribute Chair

SANDY

PIERCE

General Chair

 

MARK
DAVIDOFF

General Chair

 

NORMAN A.
PAPPAS

Scholarship Challenge Chair

 

ARTHUR
WEISS

Campaign Chair

 

 

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