David I. Rosenberg, Senior Partner in the law firm of Rosenberg Fortuna & Laitman, LLP and a resident of Dix Hills, has been honored by BJENY-SAJES (Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York and Suffolk Association for Jewish Educational Services) at a celebration of Jewish education held on May 25, 2010 at 7 World Trade Center.
Mr. Rosenberg is pictured with the award, “The Space Shuttle” mezuzah, taken into space in 1985 on the fourth Discovery mission by astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman. This hand blown glass was based on the design of the container in which the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. A mezuzah is a piece of parchment inscribed with specified Hebrew verses from the Torah.
The tribute dinner recognized Mr. Rosenberg’s lifetime of achievement and influence on Jewish education and his commitment to, and passion for, SAJES and the newly formed merged agency BJENY-SAJES. Mr. Rosenberg served as the president of SAJES from 2004-2007. In addition to his involvement with SAJES, he has donated many hours of pro-bono legal services for the Dix Hills Jewish Center, SAJES, the Solomon Schechter Day School of Suffolk County, Inc. and other civic, religious and humanitarian organizations. He is a member of the Dix Hills Jewish Center where he serves as gabbai (a person who assists in the running of the religious services).
Mr. Rosenberg states, “The theme of the evening was ‘It is no dream.’ The money raised by this event will help fulfill the dream of building the leadership needed by over 800 congregational day schools, Jewish early childhood centers, and Jewish teen programs in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County. Our goal is to ensure that meaningful, engaging, and highly attractive Jewish education is accessible to every Jewish child, teen, and family.”
About Mr. Rosenberg
In addition to leading the development of Rosenberg Fortuna & Laitman, LLP and establishing the firm’s vision, Mr. Rosenberg has an active practice focused in commercial litigation and transactions, real estate law, corporate law, and appellate practice. Since 1999, Mr. Rosenberg has been a member of the board of trustees of the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency for more than ten years, and is serving his third term as Vice Chairman of the Suffolk IDA, as well as Vice Chair of the recently created Suffolk County Economic Development Corporation. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association, and the Florida Bar, and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York.
Mr. Rosenberg has also been confidential law assistant to the Justices of the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, and he has appeared before the Supreme Court of the United States. He has argued appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the New York Court of Appeals, the Appellate Divisions of the First, Second and Third Judicial Departments, and the Appellate Term of the Ninth and Tenth Judicial Districts.
Mr. Rosenberg resides in Dix Hills, New York with his wife, Brenda. They are the proud parents of Brad, an MD/PhD candidate at Rockefeller University and Weill Cornell Medical School, and Andrew, a board certified veterinarian currently practicing in Plainview, New York.
Founded in 1992, Rosenberg Fortuna & Laitman, LLP has achieved substantial growth over the past two decades. Its attorneys concentrate in the areas of commercial litigation, real estate, corporate law and appellate law, with offices in Garden City and New York City. The firm’s clients, located in Long Island, New York City and throughout the Tri-State area, range from Fortune 1000 companies to local, family run businesses, individuals, municipalities and charitable and not-for-profit organizations.
Over a hundred years ago, the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York (BJENY) was established by New York’s communal leadership. It was founded to create new models of Jewish education for a rapidly growing and changing Jewish community.
Nearly seventy years later, Suffolk Association for Jewish Educational Services (SAJES), a grassroots communal organization was founded by a group of Jewish community leaders from synagogues and schools in Suffolk County, Long Island, in order to address the shortage of capable teachers for their congregational schools. In addition to addressing the local issues, SAJES became a recognized leader in developing innovative practices and programs in family outreach and engagement.
With the support of UJA-Federation of New York, BJENY-SAJES is uniquely positioned to lead the educating community of Jewish educators in the 21st century by combining deep expertise with a passion for innovation. Responsive to the needs of the community, BJENY-SAJES introduces new ideas, and connect educators with highly valued resources that drive change across institutions as diverse as early childhood centers in JCCs and Orthodox yeshivot.