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17th Annual UJA Benefit Concert to Honor Livingston Residents: Gail and Max Kleinman


NEWARK, NJ - Distinguished community leaders Gail and Max L. Kleinman of Livingston, executive vice president/CEO of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, will be honored at the 17th Annual UJA Benefit Concert, which will take place on Sunday, May 18, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Mr. Kleinman will also be recognized as he retires after 19 years of commitment and dedication to the Jewish community of Greater MetroWest.

The concert is a rich afternoon of music, community celebration, and philanthropic spirit that benefits Federation’s mandate of helping all Jews in need locally, in Israel, and around the world. The community reception will begin at 2:00 p.m., followed by the performance at 3:oo p.m.

This year’s program will be a foray into dance music featuring the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Music Director Jacques Lacombe, and dancers from the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, with choreographer Shawn Hounsell.

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Selections will include such beloved favorites as Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Dance of the Tumblers” and Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 6, as well as the bursting energy of Leonard Bernstein’s Fancy Free and the danceable melodies of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. In a memorable partnership, dancers will join the NJSO for selected works as the rich sounds of the orchestra create a magical landscape for the imagination to dance.

Under Lacombe’s bold leadership, the NJSO presents classical, pops and family programs, as well as outdoor summer concerts and special events. Embracing its legacy as a statewide orchestra, the NJSO regularly performs at six venues across the state. Partnerships with New Jersey arts organizations, state universities and civic organizations remain a key element of the Orchestra’s statewide identity.

Proceeds from the UJA Benefit Concert will support the extraordinary work the community makes possible through the Annual Campaign. Whether it’s responding to helping Jews in Ukraine, feeding children in Ofakim, Israel, taking care of senior adults, providing counseling to families in crisis, or career support to the unemployed, it is because of the UJA Annual Campaign, along with its local and overseas partners, that Federation can respond immediately to known and unforeseen needs.

Gail Kleinman is an accomplished professional who is actively involved in Jewish communal life. A Board Certified Diplomate in clinical social work, certified psychoanalyst, and marriage counselor, she is a faculty member and supervisor for the Contemporary Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey and the New Jersey Couples Therapy Training Program. Prior to beginning her private practice in Livingston, Gail held senior positions at Jewish Family and Vocational Services in New York, Milwaukee, and New Jersey.

Most recently, at Federation, in addition to campaigning, Mrs. Kleinman, a Lion of Judah, served as president of Beyond 9-5, for business and professional women, and was actively involved with MetroWest ABLE and the Got Blue Collaborative, which network to provide advocacy, resources, and de-stigmatization for individuals with disabilities or depression.

Prior to coming to Greater MetroWest, Max Kleinman was executive director of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation and held senior positions in federations based in Atlanta and Milwaukee. An officer of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ and the New Jersey Jewish News, Mr. Kleinman is a past president of the Jewish Communal Service Association of North America and World Council of Jewish Communal Service. He serves on the Advisory Board of Rutgers University’s Center on Non-Profit Governance and Management, the New Jersey-Israel Commission, and the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work. The recipient of numerous professional and communal awards, Mr. Kleinman has taught at Yeshiva and Rutgers universities.

Mr. Kleinman has been published in numerous professional journals as well as Sh’ma, the Star Ledger, and the New Jersey Jewish News. He has written a weekly blog, “‘Max’imum Potential,” thoughts about what is important to the Greater MetroWest community, since 2008, and is a co-author of Up Close and Personal: Perspectives on the MetroWest Experience (UJC MetroWest Press, 2012).

Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-800-ALLEGRO (255-3476) or by visiting For further information, call the ticket hotline at (973) 929-2969.

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ (Federation) stands at the center of a network of 27 partner agencies dedicated to providing comprehensive social services and meeting the educational, vocational, recreational, and social needs of Jews locally, in Israel, and in 70 countries around the world. Federation also creates ways/spaces for people to connect to a multitude of Jewish experiences in personally meaningful ways. Responding to emergency and disaster situations around the world is another important part of the Federation mission.

Named “a vital, artistically significant musical organization” by The Wall Street Journal, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra embodies that vitality through its statewide presence and critically acclaimed performances, education partnerships and unparalleled access to music and the Orchestra’s superb musicians. In addition to its lauded artistic programming, the NJSO presents a suite of education and community engagement programs that promote meaningful, lifelong engagement with live music.

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