George A. Weiss, of Hartford, Connecticut, along with Andrea and Bryan Bier, of Livingston, will be receiving honorary doctorate degrees at the National Founders Dinner of the Rabbinical College of America. The event will be held on Sunday, May 21 at the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel, East Rutherford, New Jersey. Serving as General Co-Chairmen are former New Jersey Governor Richard J. Codey and Sherry Wilzig Izak, honorees at last year’s Dinner.

Rabbi Moshe Herson, Dean of the Rabbinical College, recounted the half-century of growth and development. “Since its founding in a small one-family frame house in Newark in 1956, the Rabbinical College of America moved to its present 15-acre campus in Morris Township in 1971, expanded to 81 acres in 1983 and developed  40 branch offices in 17 New Jersey counties.

“The College has often been referred to as the ‘West Point of the Lubavitch movement’, and the College, indeed, serves as the New Jersey headquarters of the worldwide Lubavitch movement. It is at the Rabbinical College where many of the more than 3,000 rabbis, educators and community leaders, now serving at Chabad Centers throughout the world, received their higher education.  Licensed by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and accredited by the Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools, the College grants a Bachelor of Religious Studies degree and rabbinic ordination.”

George A. Weiss is President of the money management firm he founded in 1978 based in Hartford, Connecticut.  He is an Honorary Regent of the University of Hartford.  He has received numerous humanitarian and community service awards including the University Medal for Distinguished Service, University of Hartford, the Marine Corps Foundation Semper Fidelis Award, the Michael Jackson Good Scout Humanitarian Award, and the Youth Enternet of America’s Youth Leadership Award.  Recently the Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families honored him with a humanitarian award.

George Weiss is a charter trustee of the University of Pennsylvania.  He chairs the University Committee for Undergraduate Financial Aid, and serves on the Athletics Advisory Board.  Parent of two Penn graduates, Deborah Weiss C’89 and Allison Weiss C’93, Mr. Weiss is also an enthusiastic fan and generous supporter of Penn’s sports teams.  He received the 1985 Alumni Award of Merit in recognition of his dedicated service to Penn.  He received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Lesley College in 1990 as well as Colby-Sawyer College in 1994.  

He created the Say Yes to Education Foundation in 1987 with a promise to pay the full costs of college or vocational training for 112 students at the Belmont Elementary School, located in one of Philadelphia’s most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.  The Say Yes program has grown to include over 750 students in four cities, with six chapters in all.  He has carried the Say Yes to Education message of caring to national audiences through appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today show, CNN, and in the New York Times, the Philadelphia Enquirer, USA Today, the Hartford Courant, the O’Reilly Factor, and other publications.

Bryan Bier, the third of four children of Mr. Horace Bier, of blessed memory, and Pauline Bier, was born and raised in Livingston, New Jersey, attended Solomon Schechter Day School before graduating from Stevens Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Engineering degree. Two years later, he met Andrea and the following year they married and moved to West Orange.

Bryan’s commitment includes serving as  synagogue Vice President and Executive Committee member, Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy (JKHA), Secretary and Executive Committee member and Jewish Educational Center Board member. Bryan has also served on a wide scope of synagogue committees including Membership Chairman, House, Youth, Building Expansion, Plaque, Israel Bond, Beit Midrash, Kaylim Mikvah, Long Range Planning, Seudah Shelishit, and Succah building coordinator.

Bryan has chaired many JKHA and Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School (RKYHS) committees, including Annual Dinner, Solicitations, Summer Program, Constitution, The Rabbi Marcus Torah Society, The Rabbi Dr. Steven M. Dworken Achdut Yisrael Society, The Rabbi Abraham Wahrhaftig Chesed Society, and has served on many fundraising committees.

Bryan has also been a member of the United Jewish Federation of MetroWest Board of Trustees and their task Force on Jewish Education, a member of the National UJA Young Leadership Cabinet, and on the Board of Directors of the Lubavitch Outreach Center of Essex County, and on the Board of Directors of the JCC of MetroWest. Bryan also served as fundraising chairman of the Essex County Ritualarium’s building expansion and renovation. 

Andrea, the second of four children of Dr. Leon Herschfus, z”l, and Raye Herschfus, was born and raised in Detroit, where she attended Bais Yaakov, the University of Detroit, and its Dental School, graduating as a board certified registered dental hygienist. Andrea’s involvement in synagogue and community is evident in a wide array of activities. For the West Orange community she has served as Co-President of the AABJ&D Sisterhood and member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Vice President of Sisterhood Programming, Co-President of the West Orange chapter of Amit, and Co-Chair of the Annual Dinner.

For JKHA / RKYHS, Andrea chaired the Board of its Parent Teacher Council and served as its Co-President. She has also served as Co-Chair of the school’s Annual Dinner and member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee.

Andrea has been active in the Rachel Coalition as a member of its Steering Committee and Speakers Bureau and Co-Chair in addition to Co-Chair of its Religious Outreach, Community Event, and Run For Rachel Kids Run Committees. For UJA, she is a member of both the Board of Trustees and Women’s Department Executive Committee, as well as a member of the Jewish Family Services board and its Holocaust Advisory Committee. Andrea is a member of the board of the Lubavitch Outreach Center of Essex County, Israel Bonds Cabinet, the National UJA Young Leadership Campaign Cabinet, and has delivered Meals on Wheels.

Andrea and Bryan are the patents of their four wonderful children, Amanda, Jordana, Danielle, and Raphael.

For further information on the College’s National Founders Dinner and reservations, please call 973-267-9404.