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20th Evening of Roses
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Dr. Paul B. Winkler
Dr. Paul Winkler
As the Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, it is especially significant that Dr. Paul B. Winkler, Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission for Holocaust Education will be honored at the Fund’s annual Evening of Roses event on Sunday, April 21, 2013.

Seton Hall University will recognize Dr. Winkler with a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, at the April 21 program.

“We are extraordinarily pleased to have this opportunity to recognize the magnificent educational contributions made by Dr. Winkler,” said Dr. David Bossman, Sister Rose Thering Fund (SRTF) Executive Director. “We applaud him for his success in guiding New Jersey’s innovative and effective Holocaust education program since 1994. For nearly 20 years, Paul Winkler has inspired teachers and students throughout the state at every level in public education. Equally important is his ongoing participation in all that we do for New Jersey teachers through the Sister Rose Thering Fund.”

The Evening of Roses is the major fundraising event for the Sister Rose Thering Fund, and will be held this year at the University’s Jubilee Hall. The program will include a special musical presentation. Benefit tickets are available at $75 per person, and student tickets may be purchased for $25 each, with valid student ID. The Sister Rose Thering Fund will produce a commemorative ad journal in honor of Dr. Winkler. For additional information, contact SRTF Administrator Marilyn Zirl, 973-761-9006 or

This year’s Evening of Roses is part of Seton Hall University’s commemoration of Sixty Years of Building Bridges, a year-long series of events to honor and remember Monsignor John M. Oesterreicher, founder of the Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies at Seton Hall, and an international leader in fostering dialogue between Catholics and Jews.

The Sister Rose Thering Endowment was created and named in honor of Sister Rose Thering, O.P., Ph.D., in recognition and appreciation of her exemplary dedication throughout her life to improving Jewish-Christian relations through teacher education, especially at the elementary and secondary school levels. The goals of the Endowment’s programs are to reduce prejudice born of ignorance and misperception, to promote means for the conveying the richness of the Jewish and Christian traditions accurately and without bias and to foster cooperation among Jews and Christians in areas of common social welfare. More than 350 teachers throughout New Jersey have benefited from Endowment scholarships for their studies at Seton Hall University’s Jewish-Christian Studies graduate program during the past fifteen years, and have had an impact on more than 150,000 students in their classes.

For more information please contact:
Marilyn Zirl
(973) 761-9006


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