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Adam Schonberger

Adam Schonberger

Adam Schönberger was born in Budapest, Hungary. He majored in theatre studies, comparative literature and linguistics at the University of Pécs. After a year of studying at Bar Ilan University in Israel and Paideia Institute in Stockholm, he returned to Hungary and became involved in the Masorti young adult organization called MAROM Budapest (www.marom.hu/en). The organization has more than 800 members focusing on Jewish culture, Jewish identity, religion, Israel and social justice. The main focus of the organization is to create a flourishing and dynamic young Jewish community in Budapest. One of its main projects include Lake Bánk Festival (www.tekerjatora.hu/en) that brings together Roma’s, Slovaks, Jews, immigrants and other civic groups. Another project is the Quarter6Quarter7 Festival (www.quarter6quarter7.com), which focuses on the protection of Jewish urban heritage. This festival incorporates more than 40 venues and organizations in the old Jewish Quarter and it aims to establish a joint civil action in order to protect and revitalize the district and its Jewish cultural life. Adam has also been the director of MAROM Budapest since 2003 and is also the founder and director of Sirály Cultural and Community Center. Adam is currently working on the opening of the new community center in September 2014.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik, spiritual leader of The Forest Hills Jewish Center, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1981. Immediately upon his ordination, he served as Assistant Rabbi under the late Rabbi Ben Zion Bokser for almost three years. With Rabbi Bokser’s death in 1984, Rabbi Skolnik assumed the rabbinic leadership of the congregation, and has served in that capacity ever since.

In addition to his responsibilities at The Forest Hills Jewish Center, the largest Conservative congregation in Queens, Rabbi Skolnik is involved in numerous communal activities. He is the President of the Rabbinical Assembly, the 1600-member international organization of Conservative rabbis, a Vice President of the Zamir Choral Foundation, a Vice President of MERCAZ, the Zionist arm of the Conservative movement, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Masorti Foundation. A past president of the Commission on Synagogue Relations of UJA-Federation , past chairman of its Committee on AIDS and member of its Board of Directors, he also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Solomon Schechter School of Queens, and the Board of Governors of the New York Board of Rabbis.

Cantor Randy Herman

Descended from performing vaudevillian grandparents on one side and off-the-boat, Eastern European orthodox Jews on the other, Hazzan Reuven (Randy) Herman seemed destined to integrate the worlds of musical performance and Judaism. He was raised in Grand Rapids, MI, and attended the University of Michigan, majoring in theater and psychology. After working briefly as a musician in Paris, and as an actor on the East Coast, Hazzan Herman settled in Chicago, where he cofounded the critically acclaimed Theater Oobleck, an avant-garde theater troupe. As a pianist, singer and songwriter, he has performed throughout the U.S. and abroad in nightclubs and festivals, at private events, and on live radio, and has worked extensively as a studio musician. In addition to contributing keyboard parts and vocals on several recordings, he has produced his own CD’s which have been heard on college and commercial radio and reviewed in major publications. He is featured on the CD The Spirit of Israel II, produced by the Cantors Assembly and the USCJ.