The Sister Rose Thering Fund (SRTF) for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies is proud to announce two new members of its Board of Trustees: Cherelle Tolor, Esq., and Ruth Loew Schildiner. The Fund, now in its 25th year, works in tandem with the University's graduate program in Jewish-Christian Studies to advance Sister Rose Thering's legacy by fostering understanding and cooperation among Jews, Christians and people of other religious traditions through advocacy and education.
"Each election of a new Sister Rose Thering Fund trustee brings a renewed vitality to our mission, and enhances the opportunity for our vision to become a reality," says Deborah Lerner Duane, Chairman of the Board.
Tolor currently serves as the Human Resources Manager for the Irvington Board of Education in Irvington, NJ -- a position she has held for the past three years. She earned a B.A. in English from Rutgers University in 1995 and a J.D. from Howard University School of Law in 2001. She was admitted to the State of New Jersey Bar in January 2003.
Prior to her current role, Tolor practiced law as a Special Municipal Per Diem Prosecutor in the Newark Municipal Court Prosecutor's Office for 10 years. She also served as a Judicial Law Clerk to Hon. Glenn Grant, J.S.C., both at the Newark Municipal Court in Newark and in the Chancery Division, Family Part of the Superior Court of New Jersey. She still maintains a limited personal law practice in Irvington.
Cherelle Tolor, Sister Rose Thering Fund Board Member
Despite these successes, Tolor is most proud of her past work with the youth of Essex County as a former member of the Board of Trustees for the Burch Charter School of Excellence. She is also a certified substitute teacher for the Newark Public Schools. "By taking the time to listen to them (the students), motivate them, guide them and provide them with a support network, I have been blessed to see many of them finish high school, attend college, graduate college, obtain jobs and become overall productive members of society." She adds, "I look forward to being able to promote the message of unity, acceptance, and tolerance across all racial, social, religious, educational and economic lines."
"Cherelle Tolor brings additional expertise and personal enthusiasm to the board of the Sister Rose Thering Fund. We look forward to her insights and support for funding educators from Irvington and Newark for graduate courses in Jewish-Christian Studies," says Executive Director David Bossman.
Schildiner currently has her own private practice and works as a nutritionist and eating disorder therapist. While she was an assistant professor at Montclair State University for 17 years, she continues to teach at medical schools and universities in specialty topics, twice a year. She also works bi-weekly as the nutrition director at the South Orange JESPY House.
Ruth Loew Schildiner, Sister Rose Thering Fund Board Member
What Schildiner says has been most influential in her life is her lifelong work in community service. She says that growing up in the rural south gave her the passion to help those in need, and she brought that passion with her to New Jersey. Over the years, she has volunteered with and directed multiple soup kitchens, worked as a literacy volunteer, and is a part of the Rotary International, Livingston Club. For the Rotary Club, Schildiner is responsible for writing district grants for clubs, local organizations, and individuals that require need-based assistance.
"The timing of Ruth Schildiner's election to the Sister Rose Thering Fund's Board of Trustees is most auspicious, coinciding with the start of our 25th anniversary year," says Duane. "Ruth believes wholeheartedly in our mission. Her talent and energy will be great assets to the Fund as we celebrate this meaningful milestone and move forward in shaping our future."
Schildiner says, "I am very excited that there exists a degree program that can help teachers educate their students seeking answers for combating prejudice and advancing the understanding of different religions and cultures."
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