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Sister Rose Thering Fund to Celebrate Itss 20th Annual Evening of Roses
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Winkler-2-200The Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies will recognize New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education Executive Director Dr. Paul B. Winkler with a Seton Hall University Doctorate of Humane Letters, honoris causa, on Sunday, April 21, at its 20th annual Evening of Roses fundraiser. The program will begin at 2 PM in Jubilee Hall on the Seton Hall University South Orange campus, 400 South Orange Ave, South Orange.

This year’s Evening of Roses, marks the 20th anniversary of the Sister Rose Thering Fund (SRTF). Seton Hall University President A. Gabriel Esteban will confer the honorary degree upon Dr. Winkler. The Newark Boys Chorus, conducted by its Music Director Donald Morris, will present a special musical program in honor of both the Fund’s 20th anniversary and Dr. Winkler’s recognized work.

Dr. David Bossman, SRTF Executive Director, said, “We are proud to honor Dr. Winkler at this very important 20th anniversary program for all he has done to implement the Mandate for Genocide Studies in elementary and secondary schools throughout New Jersey. We thank him not only for his remarkable achievements, but also for his continuing moral support for both the Sister Rose Thering Fund and graduate Jewish-Christian Studies at Seton Hall.”

The Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies 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 Fund’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 Fund scholarships for their studies at Seton Hall University’s Jewish-Christian Studies graduate program during the past 19 years, and have had an impact on more than 150,000 students in their classes.

Dr. Paul B. Winkler has been formally involved in Holocaust/Genocide education and prejudice reduction education for nearly 40 years, and has been affiliated with the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education from its earliest days. Dr. Winkler began his career as an elementary school teacher, moving on to become a principal, superintendent of schools, regional education director and Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Education for Exceptional Children at the New Jersey Department of Education. He received his doctoral degree in educational leadership from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1974. In addition to coordinating all Holocaust/Genocide activities through the New Jersey Commission, Dr. Winkler trains teachers and makes direct presentations to students.

Benefit ticket packages are available to the 2013 Evening of Roses event and reception. Single admission tickets are $75. Student admission is $25 per person with a valid Seton Hall University ID. For tickets and information, contact the Sister Rose Thering Fund office, 973-761-9006 or


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


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