|Gary Bettman Courtesy JTS|
The Jewish Theological Seminary will honor National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman for his commitment to leadership with the Louis Marshall award at a gala on January 15 at the Mandarin Oriental. Stan Fischler, the “Hockey Maven,” will serve as master of ceremonies, and there will be a performance by Matisyahu and an opportunity to take photos with the Stanley Cup.
JTS established the award to honor men and women who exemplify the late attorney Louis Marshall’s commitment to Judaism and who demonstrate the ethics and communal commitment that he embodied.
Bettman has served the NHL as commissioner since 1993. His tenure includes record revenues and attendance and a wide variety of fan-friendly initiatives. He has been active in the Cornell Jewish studies campaign and was honored by UJA-Federation of New York at its annual “Sports for Youth” event. Bettman played a pivotal role in sponsoring a hockey tournament that was part of the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel in 2013.
Marshall argued more cases before the Supreme Court than any other private attorney, most involving human and civil rights. He was also a prominent figure in the Jewish community; among other activities, he chaired the JTS board of trustees from 1904 until his death in 1929.
For information, visit www.jtsa.edu/LouisMarshall and www.jtsa.edu/afterparty.