ORT America's 100th Anniversary Gala

ORT America's 100th Anniversary Gala Honoring Dr. Conrad Giles

November 13, 2022
6:30 PM

Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York City


Gala Chairs

Nancy and Jim Grosfeld
Doreen Hermelin
Gail and Howard Lanznar
Jane and Larry Sherman
Shelley and Joel Tauber
Malke and Gary Torgow
Andi and Larry Wolfe


Host Committee*

Richard N. Bernstein
Jamie and Michael DeWitt
Shelley Fagel
Reese Feldman
Eva Lynn Gans
Barbra and Kevin Giles
Christine and Keith Giles
Lauren and Brian Giles
Suze Goldman
Suellen and Larry Kadis
Pam and Joe Kanfer
Linda and Howard Kirschbaum
Suzanne and William Ledwidge
Joan Levin
Judy and Peter Menikoff
Robin Panovka
Michael and Shari Perlmuter
Steve Schlosser and Lois Hollander
Stefanie and Jared Schenk
Brenda Schwartz
Cindy and Melvin Schwartz
Eileen Sill
John and Helene VerStandig

*In formation

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About Dr. Conrad Giles

Dr. Conrad Giles has a history of commitment and dedication to strengthening Jewish life, locally, nationally, and internationally and was appointed President of World ORT in 2016.

His involvement with ORT starting with the Detroit Men’s ORT Chapter, stimulated his interest in Jewish Communal life, and he served as its President in 1978 -1980. He also served nationally as a Vice President of the American ORT Federation, 1980-1993.  In the early part of 2000, Conrad was requested to act as a consultant between World ORT and the Federation system. He was a member of the first executive committee of the newly merged executive committee of ORT America.

Nationally, he was President of The Council of Jewish Federations (CJF) from 1996 to 1999. During this tenure, he helped facilitate the merger between The United Jewish Appeal where he had served as a National Vice-Chair, and the CJF in 2000, resulting in the United Jewish Communities where he then served as a Vice-Chair. In 2009 UJC became The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA).

In 2006, Conrad’s leadership continued when he became vice-chair and later chair of The Jewish Council of Public Affairs, an organization for 125 community relations agencies in the U.S. On the International scene, Conrad has been a member of the  Board of Governors of The Jewish Agency for Israel, 1990-2000, and The Joint Distribution Committee 1990-1993 and 1996-1999. He served on the Executive Committee of both organizations from 1996-1999.

Professionally, Dr. Conrad Giles has practiced pediatric ophthalmology in Metropolitan Detroit from 1963 to the present. In addition, he is the Clinical Professional and Chief emeritus of pediatric ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and currently continues his academic career at the Kresge Eye Institute of Wayne State University Medical School.

Conrad and his wife Lynda’s family includes six incredible children who have enriched their lives, along with their wonderful spouses, 15 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.