We are grateful to have the opportunity to dedicate this year’s annual dinner to the memory of Bruce Ritholtz, z”l, and we are honored to present to his wife, Michelle, and their children, Annie, Dani and Talia, our Be’er Torah Memorial Award. We bestow this award to commemorate the significant impact that Bruce had on our Ma’ayanot community as our First Vice President, a member of our Board of Trustees, and the driving force for the founding of our Development Committee.
Perhaps most important of all, however, was Bruce’s continuous and exuberant support of, and belief in, Ma’ayanot’s unique vision. With his booming voice and signature laugh, Bruce never tired of talking about how Ma’ayanot produces the finest alumnae; about how its teachers serve as the finest of role models and about how much they care for their students; and about the warmth that permeates Ma’ayanot’s proudly “lived-in” hallways.
Of course, Ma’ayanot was not the only institution to benefit from Bruce’s energy and unyielding desire to serve the Jewish community. Indeed, Bruce served on the Board of Directors and Scholarship Committee at Manhattan Day School; served as Vice President and member of the Capital Campaign committee for Lincoln Square Synagogue; upon moving to Teaneck became an immediately active and proactive member of Congregation Rinat Yisrael; and served as a central member of TABC’s Capital Campaign committee – all this while successfully tending to his day job as a commodities trader on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Bruce was, and Michelle remains, exceptionally passionate about Jewish education, which is why we are very proud to announce that, as a result of the exceptional support of the Ritholtz Family, we are naming our weekly mishmar program in Bruce’s honor. Our newly revamped and improved Thursday night mishmar program, which will now be called The Bruce Ritholtz Thursday Night Mishmar Program, regularly attracts over 200 students and, through a combination of traditional learning and experiential programming, provides an exceptional venue through which students are motivated to utilize discretionary time for Torah lishmah activities.
We are truly grateful to have the opportunity to memorialize Bruce’s passion for Talmud Torah through the naming of this central Ma’ayanot program.