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College of Staten Island to Receive Israel Unity Award

May 25, 2011

State of Israel Bonds will honor CSI with its Israel Unity Award this June.

State of Israel Bonds will honor the College of Staten Island with its Israel Unity Award, to be accepted by President Dr. Tomás D. Morales, on Sunday June 19 at the Staten Island Jewish Community Center (JCC).  The event commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Bonds organization. 

 ”I am grateful for the generosity of the donor that originally presented the College of Staten Island with a gift of an Israel Bond, resulting in the creation of the Marcus Memorial Scholarship at CSI,” commented President Morales. “I am pleased that CSI students in Nursing and Allied Health programs have the opportunity to receive financial support thanks to the proceeds generated from this investment. I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the estate of Else T. Marcus and the College of Staten  Island.  I also congratulate State of Israel Bonds on its 60th anniversary.” 

The Boyerker Scholarship Fund, founded by the estate of prominent Staten Island physician Dr. Else T. Marcus, established the Dr. Else T. Marcus Memorial Fund Scholarship at CSI in June 1989 with a gift in the form of an Israel Bond.  The endowment provides scholarship assistance to a minimum of four CSI students per year studying in Nursing or Allied Health programs.  Marcus Hall, the academic building on the CSI campus that houses the College’s prestigious Nursing program, is named in honor of the nursing education advocate. 

Bonds President and CEO Joshua Matza commented, “We are very proud to recognize the College of Staten Island for its recent Israel Bond reinvestment.  We are particularly pleased that the College’s investment in Israel will assist many CSI students.” 

The breakfast event, co-chaired by Dr. Zalman Brody and Ya’acov Rosenrauch, is a community-wide Bonds activity held in conjunction with 20 Staten Island synagogues and Jewish organizations. 

 The guest speaker at the event will be Brigadier General (ret.) Yehuda Halevy, who served as president and CEO of State of Israel Bonds from 1982to 1988.  He is currently president of the S. Daniel Abraham Strategic Dialogue Center at Netanya College in Israel. 

 The event will take place Sunday, June 19 at 10:00am at the Staten Island JCC’s Bernikow Center at 1466 Manor Road. Reservations are $30 per person.  For reservations or more information, contact Robert Lunzer at or 212.446.5835. 

According to their Website, State of Israel Bonds is widely recognized as one of Israel’s most valued and reliable economic resources, with worldwide sales exceeding $32.4 billion to date.  Since 1951 it has been a catalyst for Israel’s rapid evolution from struggling agrarian nation to global high-tech powerhouse. Securities offered by Israel Bonds can assist in achieving numerous investment objectives, including preservation of capital, retirement planning, charitable giving, and portfolio diversification.

By Ken Bach

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