The Atlanta Region of ORT America brought together some 140 people at the city's Pemberly Estate to pay tribute to Raymond Schoenbaum, who is president of the Schoenbaum Family Foundation, and his wife Susan — both Atlanta residents and philanthropists.
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.
(pictured standing third from right with, from left, ORT Atlanta board members Danny Lipson and Richard Bressler, ORT Atlanta co-presidents Jan and Joe Berger, Susan Schoenbaum, World ORT Director General Robert Singer, ORT Atlanta board member Hilly Panovka, and, seated from left, ORT America National President Doreen Hermelin, Joan Lipson, and Susan Lipson), who was overwhelmed by the response, read a letter to guests on behalf of his
mother, who was unable to attend the reception.