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New Members Join Advisory Board of UAlbany Center for Jewish Studies

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 30, 2004) -- Joan Wick-Pelletier, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Albany, has appointed four new members to the advisory board of the Center for Jewish Studies. The new board members are Stephen Berk of Union College, Sol Greenberg, former D.A. of the City of Albany; Judge Howard A. Levine of Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna, LLP and recently retired from the New York State Court of Appeals; and Robert J. Ludwig, immediate past president of the United Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York.

"We are honored and privileged to have these four outstanding community leaders join our efforts," said Alan Goldberg, president of First Albany Corporation, who serves as chair of the advisory board. "Together we are working to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the very best in Jewish studies."

Levine, who graduated from Yale College in 1953 and Yale Law School in 1956, became Family Court judge for Schenectady County in 1971, a position he held until 1980. In 1981, he became a justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Fourth Judicial District. From 1982 through 1993, he was an associate justice of the Supreme Court Appellate Division, Third Department. In September of 1993, he became an associate judge in the New York State Court of Appeals. From 2000 to 2002, he served as chair for the New York Federal-State Judicial Council. Currently, Levine is the Robert H. Jackson Distinguished Professor of Law at Albany Law School.

The charge of the Jewish studies advisory board is to oversee the growth and development of the University's Department of Judaic Studies. The board is also mounting a major capital campaign to endow the Center for Jewish Studies at UAlbany, which was inaugurated in April 2002. The Center seeks to foster knowledge of Jewish history, thought, and culture through education, scholarship, and community outreach. The Center provides an environment in which students, scholars, and community members can engage in education, research, pedagogy, and a variety of public programs related to Jewish Studies.

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