Audrey Weiner & Jeffrey Solomon
Three generations stood together at Lab/Shul’s open ark this past Kol Nidrei night. Audrey and Jeffrey, along with their children and grandchildren Jenny, Michael, Rainen and Lucy, held the Torah Scroll with all the tender care and pride with which they have held our hands from the moment Lab/Shul was born – and way before that.
When it comes time to honor the visionary friends who helped co-create Lab/Shul and transform a theater company into a emerging congregation – we could think of no better than Audrey and Jeffrey – who have been here all along, always the first to lend a hand, step up, show up, and always with a smile.
On behalf of all of Lab/Shul friends and fans – it is an honor to honor two of the American Jewish Community and New York City’s leaders – as the first recipients of our Founding Co-Creators Award.
Audrey S. Weiner is President and CEO of the Jewish Home Lifecare in New York, which serves 12,000 elders each year through its post-acute rehabilitation, long term skilled nursing, senior housing, certified home health agency, adult day health care and care management services. She received her doctorate in Social Welfare Administration from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and her Masters in Public Health from Yale University. She has edited three books about how to change the culture of nursing homes to create places of dignity and respect, compassion and community. Audrey has recently completed her term as chair of LeadingAge the national assn devoted to care of elders by the not for profit sector
Dr. Jeffrey Solomon is the president of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies. A widely recognized expert on philanthropy, he has written more than eighty articles on the subject for professional and popular audiences and has taught it at New York University. Jeff has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including the Council on Foundations, where he chaired the Committee on Ethics and Practice. He coordinated the Gift of New York, an effort to ease the suffering of the families of those killed in the attack on the World Trade Center by offering them free access to the city’s cultural, sports, and entertainment resources. He and Charles Bronfman have written The Art of Giving: Where the Soul Meets A Business Plan (2009) and The Art of Doing Good: Where Passion Meets Action(2012).