The Jewish federation hosted its 3rd annual Honoring Community Leaders brunch on Sunday September 14, 2014. This event is intended to honor members of the community that exemplified true leadership not only through their words but also through their actions. These leaders have impacted the lives of many people in their communities. The leaders that were commemorated have shown endurance in their path to achieve greatness. It is their vision and capacity to sustain hardships that paved the way for their success. The event provided the opportunity for community members to come together to celebrate and honor extraordinary men who continue to make a tremendous impact for countless individuals.
The Jewish Federation chose to honor Rabbi Marvin Gross and Dr. Phillip Pumerantz.
Dr. Phillip Pumerantz is the founding president of Western University of Health Sciences. Western University, established in 1977 with its first class of 36 students. Today, Western University of Health Sciences is comprised of 22 degree programs in nine graduate health science colleges. The university now has campuses in California and Oregon with more than 3,700 students and 10,000 alumni. Dr. Pumerentz has been a recipient of numerous awards such as: 1995 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Connecticut, 1995 Dale Dodson Award for National Leadership from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, and the 2010 Distinguished educator Award.
Representing WesternU at the brunch were many Deans, faculty and staff including Drs. Sam Shimomura, Gollopudi Shankar, Fadi Khasawneh and Ying Huang of the College of Pharmacy.
Posted By Parisa Karimi, PharmD 2015