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Betty Schoenbaum

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Member

ORT America's Sarasota Chapter
Phone: (212) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address: Florida, United States
ORT America Inc
75 Maiden Lane
New York, New York 10038
United States

Company Description: ORT America is a newer, stronger organization that can now speak with one clear voice and be a major player on the world stage of philanthropy. And in this...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    ORT Braude College
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ORT America: ORT America's Kiryat Yam Science City Multi Million Dollar Project Launched
waort.convio.net, 7 Oct 2010 [cached]
ORT America’s Kiryat Yam Science City Multi Million Dollar Project Launched | Betty Schoenbaum ORT America: ORT America's Kiryat Yam Science City Multi Million Dollar Project Launched Twitter
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Betty Schoenbaum & Students
Happy students thank Betty Schoenbaum at the official opening of the new educational and sports campus.
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"This is an opportunity and privilege for all of us today to honor the unprecedented philanthropy of Betty Schoenbaum and her family, whose visionary gift of $5.3 million made all of this possible," added Alan E. Klugman, National Executive Director of ORT America.
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Mrs. Schoenbaum, heiress to the Shoney's restaurant and motel chain in the United States, and her four - Ray, Jeff, Emily and Joann - toured the three-acre site adjacent to the Rodman High School, which was refurbished as part of the project.
"I am just amazed, overwhelmed, awed and thrilled. The campus is very much more than I had imagined it would be - thanks to ORT," said Mrs. Schoenbaum, who, with her family, spent the morning visiting the Campus's Science Center, library, performing arts auditorium, science park, planetarium, Observatory, the Ethiopian Heritage Center, and the Aquatic Center, where they were joined by Israel's first Olympic Gold Medal-winner Gal Friedman.
Mrs. Schoenbaum declared her family foundation's money well spent. "I got more bang for my buck than I have had at any other time in helping people. I am just thrilled with it. It's an absolutely astounding complex that's going to help people for many, many years, G-d willing," she said.
Betty Schoenbaum, the heiress ...
www.ort.org, 12 Dec 2008 [cached]
Betty Schoenbaum, the heiress to the Shoney's restaurant and motel chain, credits her four children - Raymond, Emily and Jeffry Schoenbaum and Joan Miller - for encouraging her to support the mega-project which will, together with funds from World ORT, ORT America and the local municipality, transform the centre of Kiryat Yam into a sports centre, an open air science park, and a social, educational and cultural centre for Ethiopian Jewry.
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Betty wrote: "I realised I would make a long-held impossible dream come true - my concern that the status of Ethiopian Jews and other immigrants in Israel could be improved with education."
Betty, a long time member of ORT America's Sarasota Chapter in Florida and a founder of Israel's ORT Braude College, went on: "Most Ethiopians have become second-class citizens in Israel so the most important thing the Schoenbaum Family Foundation could give them is self-esteem and a trade by which they can make a living.
Betty Schoenbaum in ...
waort.convio.net, 19 Mar 2007 [cached]
Betty Schoenbaum in group
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(L-R) Kim Sheintal (Greater Sarasota Council), Leah Siskin (Florida Region, Advancement Director), Doreen Hermelin (President, ORT America), Betty Schoenbaum (President, Shoney's Family Foundation), Barbara Berliner (President, Greater Sarasota Area Council)
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For Israel's 60th birthday, ORT America member Betty Schoenbaum decided to give something special to the Jewish State something that it will not outgrow in the next 60 years.Read More
World ORT Director General Robert Singer thanks Betty Schoenbaum.Click here
Kanawha City's Betty ...
www.wvgazette.com, 28 Dec 2008 [cached]
Kanawha City's Betty Schoenbaum Friends say she "gives money away as her way of spreading love"
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When the Charleston YWCA needed a new swimming pool, Betty Schoenbaum didn't wait for the phone to ring.
Schoenbaum dialed YWCA executive director Deb Weinstein first.
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"Betty recognized the importance of the YWCA and wanted to help us move forward," Pellegrin said.
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After Alex died 12 years ago, Betty stepped up and took over giving away the fortune her husband built.
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After Schoenbaum saw the Charleston Light Opera Guild's summer 1999 production of "A Chorus Line," she let it be known she wanted to make a donation to the Guild.
Guild board members Sallie Daugherty and Horace Emory arranged to meet Schoenbaum for lunch.
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Schoenbaum wanted to give $25,000 a year so the Guild's two summer shows could be splashier than they had been. One of those summer shows should be mostly for a young cast, Schoenbaum added. Shows like "Grease," "Fame" and "High School Musical" followed in subsequent summers.
Daugherty remains the Guild's contact with Schoenbaum, who a few days ago decided to give an extra $25,000 to the Guild this year.
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Schoenbaum, who trained many years to be a dancer, told Daugherty she appreciated the Guild's work.
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When the Charleston YWCA needed a new swimming pool, Betty Schoenbaum didn't wait for the phone to ring.
Schoenbaum dialed YWCA executive director Deb Weinstein first.
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"Betty recognized the importance of the YWCA and wanted to help us move forward," Pellegrin said.
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After Alex died 12 years ago, Betty stepped up and took over giving away the fortune her husband built.
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After Schoenbaum saw the Charleston Light Opera Guild's summer 1999 production of "A Chorus Line," she let it be known she wanted to make a donation to the Guild.
Guild board members Sallie Daugherty and Horace Emory arranged to meet Schoenbaum for lunch.
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Schoenbaum wanted to give $25,000 a year so the Guild's two summer shows could be splashier than they had been. One of those summer shows should be mostly for a young cast, Schoenbaum added. Shows like "Grease," "Fame" and "High School Musical" followed in subsequent summers.
Daugherty remains the Guild's contact with Schoenbaum, who a few days ago decided to give an extra $25,000 to the Guild this year.
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Schoenbaum, who trained many years to be a dancer, told Daugherty she appreciated the Guild's work.
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Schoenbaum chipped in $100,000 when the city of South Charleston needed money to help build its ice skating rink. She gave $500,000 to redesign and resurface the city of Charleston's Kanawha City tennis courts. She gave more than $1 million when the University of Charleston needed a new library.
When Betty and Alex married in 1940, they were living in Columbus, Ohio.
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"Alex thought, 'Why am I doing this here?'" Betty later recalled.
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Although Betty Schoenbaum was joyous, she had privately expressed her frustrations that the project moved so slowly.
Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom, who as a county commissioner worked with Schoenbaum to bring about the soccer fields, said he understands her frustration.
"Betty has had a very good sense of the projects that she wanted to see done for the community, and she rightfully expects for those projects to be brought to completion as soon as possible," Bloom said.
"And that's a philosophy I respect because if it's a project worth doing, it should be done right and should be done timely," he said.
Schoenbaum, 91, is well-read and well-informed, said longtime friend Helen Lodge. She is cultured and knowledgeable about art, literature, dance, drama and music. She is secure in who she is and what she wants to accomplish.
"And she is fiercely competent in negotiating when the occasion arises," Lodge said. "It wasn't easy to get money from Alex, and it's not easy to get money from Betty.
ORT America:
www.ortamerica.org, 1 Jan 2003 [cached]
member Betty Schoenbaum decided to give something special to the Jewish State that it will not outgrow in the next 60 years.
Betty Schoenbaum
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Betty Schoenbaum
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According to Mrs. Schoenbaum, whose philanthropy has included projects in the land of
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A major donor and longtime member of the Sarasota Chapter, Mrs. Schoenbaum was a founder of ORT Braude College, a major combined fundraising effort of American ORT and Women's American ORT, the predecessor organizations of ORT America.
Mrs. Schoenbaum is a former ballet dancer and her late husband Alex was an All-American football player, so she recognizes the importance of having a strong cultural and sporting component in the Kiryat Yam project.
"There are cultural differences between the Russian and Ethiopian immigrants, but if they go to school together, if they play sports together, and mix culturally then they'll see that we're all the same and there will be a wonderful blending," she says.
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Mrs. Schoenbaum is grateful to The Schoenbaum Family Foundation and to her four children for encouraging her to support a major project in
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