A centennial celebration is a rare and exciting moment -- which is why we are thrilled and privileged to be recognizing three truly exceptional honorees at our JTA Centennial Gala on April 3, 2017: Brian Sterling, Jane Weitzman and Mark Wilf. All three of our honorees are highly accomplished in their professional careers and philanthropic leaders on behalf of many important causes. Each of them has been a dedicated supporter of JTA’s journalistic endeavors for many years and agreed to be a lead funder of the merger that created JTA’s new parent organization, 70 Faces Media. As board members of JTA and now 70 Faces Media, our honorees have been true leaders, in terms of their generosity, but just as importantly with their strategic and moral guidance. Now they are stepping up once again to ensure that JTA continues to play a vital role in keeping the Jewish world informed and connected for another 100 years.
Guests of Honor
Brian is a Principal and Co-Head of the Investment Banking Group of Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P., a New York-based, full service broker dealer. He is responsible for advising banks and other financial institutions on strategic matters, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and financings.
As an officer of the JTA Board of Directors, Brian played a lead role in brokering the merger with My Jewish Learning that led to the creation of 70 Faces Media. He now serves as a vice president of the new organization. Brian is involved in a number of volunteer organizations focused on education, including the KIPP New Jersey charter school system and New Jersey SEEDS, a non-profit organization that prepares motivated, high-achieving, low-income students for admission to private schools and colleges. He also serves on the boards of the Yale Law School Fund, the Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, N.J. and the Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation.
Brian lives in Montclair, New Jersey with his wife, Linda, a development and fundraising consultant to non-profit companies. Their daughter, Emma, is a member of Teach for America and teaches 8th Grade English in Little Rock, Arkansas, and their son, Aaron, attends the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.
Jane was the executive vice president of Stuart Weitzman and the founding vice president of Stuart Weitzman Retail. She spearheaded philanthropy for the company by generating funds to support breast and ovarian cancer research and awareness. Her current book, Art & Sole, displays stunning showcases where fashion and fantasy meet and will thrill both shoe and art lovers alike.
Jane joined the Board of Directors of JTA in 1995, and now serves on the Executive Committee of 70 Faces Media. In addition, she serves on the executive committees of the UJA of Greenwich and The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. She also serves on the Trust Board of Boston Children’s Hospital and the Board of the Greenwich JCC. She recently became the President of the Jewish Book Council. Jane and her husband, Stuart, have two daughters, Elizabeth and Rachael, and a granddaughter, Eva.
Mark is an attorney and partner in Garden Homes, a real estate development firm. He is also owner/president of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. Mark joined the Board of Directors of JTA in 2002, and now serves on the Executive Committee of 70 Faces Media. He has served as UJC National Campaign Chair, UJA National Young Leadership Cabinet Chair, and as President of the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey. Currently, Mark chairs the Jewish Federations of North America national initiative that addresses the needs of impoverished Holocaust survivors living in the United States. Mark and his wife Jane have four children, Steven, Daniel, Rachel, and Andrew.
Bernard-Henri Lévy is a philosopher, activist, and filmmaker. His most recent book, The Genius of Judaism, was published in January 2017 by Random House. New York Times Bestsellers include American Vertigo, Barbarism with a Human Face, and Who Killed Daniel Pearl? His writing has appeared in a wide range of publications throughout Europe and the United States. His films include the documentaries Bosna!, The Oath of Tobruk, Peshmerga and The Battle of Mosul. Lévy is co-founder of the antiracist group SOS Racisme. He has served on diplomatic missions for the French government.