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PR # 195 March 21, 2008


The Honorable Stuart Rabner, Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, will be the keynote speaker at Raritan Valley Community College?s (RVCC) annual Make A Difference Award luncheon Thursday, April 10, at 12:30 p.m.

The event is being sponsored by the Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, a joint project between the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties and RVCC. It will be held in The Conference Center at the College?s North Branch Campus.

The event will also recognize local Holocaust survivors George Blank and Sara Resnick. George Blank is the past president of the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties. He serves as president of The Med Tech Group, Inc. of North Plainfield. Sara Resnick is the co-founder of the family-owned Flemington Department Store.

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner was nominated to New Jersey?s highest court by Governor Jon S. Corzine and took the oath of office on July 25, 2007.

Chief Justice Rabner was raised in Passaic, NJ and graduated summa cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He received his J.D. degree cum laude from Harvard Law School and served as a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Dickinson R. Debevoise before joining the U.S. Attorney?s Office in Newark in 1986.

After beginning his career as an assistant U.S. attorney, Chief Justice Rabner worked in a number of positions, including serving as first assistant U.S. attorney and chief of the terrorism unit. He was chief of the office?s criminal division when he was named chief counsel to Governor Corzine in January 2006. He was named New Jersey attorney general in September 2006 and served in that position until his nomination to the Court.

The evening will also include a preview of The Legacy Project?Second Generation , which features filmed testimonies of Children of Survivors.

The Make A Difference Award recognizes those who, through their actions, promote tolerance and understanding in the community and who embody the values of teaching tolerance and diversity. The Jewish Federation, through its Holocaust and Genocide Endowment, built and furnished the Institute?s Resource Center in the College?s Evelyn S. Field Library.

The Federation also continues to fund the annual ?Learning through Experience? three-day workshop, which will be held April 8-10 at the College. Each year, more than 3,000 middle and high school students and their teachers attend sessions with Holocaust and genocide survivors, their rescuers and liberators. The workshop includes an art and writing competition based on the title of the three-day workshop: ?What Can We do as Individuals and Nations to Prevent and Stop Genocides?? The competition winners will be announced during the program. The three-day workshop will also feature members of the Second Generation who will speak with their parents, to ensure that the legacy will be transmitted for the next generations.

A suggested donation for the Make A Difference luncheon is $18 per person. For information and tickets, contact Peppy Margolis, 908-526-1200, ext. 8524.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 80 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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