New Fellows Named by University
Eight alumni and friends have been elected to the Brandeis Board of Fellows in recognition of their significant contributions of time and resources to the university.
Jayne Beker, P’99, P’04, P’15, and her husband, Harvey, P’99, P’04, P’15, are the parents of three Brandeis graduates, two of whom married alumni. They also have a nephew who graduated from Brandeis. The Bekers have supported a number of Brandeis programs, including the Parents Fund, Hillel and university scholarships. Jayne, a psychologist, is active with a number of philanthropies in New York and Israel.
Carol Bernstein Finn has supported women’s studies programs at Brandeis and formerly served on the Women’s Studies Research Center board. She was president of the Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation and art-tour coordinator at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Her father, Maurice Bernstein, was an early supporter of Brandeis, along with his Harvard College roommate Norman Rabb. Along with the Marcus family, his business partners, Maurice funded construction of the Bernstein-Marcus Administration Center.
Steven Perlmutter, a retired attorney, and his family have supported Brandeis for three generations. His grandfather Robert Cable funded construction of a North Quad residence hall; his aunt Anne Cable Rubenstein and uncle Lawrence Rubenstein built an East Quad residence hall and established an endowed scholarship; his mother, Leila, was a life member of the Brandeis National Committee; and cousin Louis Perlmutter ’56 is a longtime university trustee. Steven serves as a trustee of the Rubinstein Foundation, which has long supported the Transitional Year Program. He is a study-group leader at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Brandeis. His wife, Terry Solow Perlmutter ’74, is a Brandeis alumna.
Shirley Pollock, G’07, has served as national vice president, Western Region president and national Book Fund chair at the Brandeis National Committee. A past president of BNC’s Los Angeles chapter, she is currently a member of the chapter leadership team. Pollock received the National Presidential Citation in 2013 and the LA chapter’s Eris Field Award in 2010. She is a member of the Sachar Legacy Society for including Brandeis in her estate plans. She and her late husband, Martin, formerly owned Camp Sholom, in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.
Elaine Reuben ’63 taught English, dramatic literature and women’s studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and George Washington University, and served as national coordinator of the National Women’s Studies Association. She has been on the board of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute since 2006 and founded the Jewish Women Writers Series, a joint project of HBI and the Feminist Press. She recently joined the advisory board of Brandeis’ International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life. Reuben has made gifts to the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts, the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, the university’s acquisition of the Lilith magazine archive, and university scholarships.
Stephen M. Salny, an author, businessman, and architectural and interior-design historian, is part of the third generation of his family to support Brandeis. During the 1950s, his grandparents Samuel and Rae Salny created one of the university’s first endowed graduate fellowships, which his parents, June and the late Alan, have supported. June is a life member of the Brandeis National Committee, which she joined in 1952. Stephen recently bequeathed his collection of 48 contemporary works on paper, including 11 lithographs by Ellsworth Kelly, to the Rose Art Museum. He also continues his family’s support of the university’s graduate fellowship.
Eleanor “Ellie” Shuman served two terms as Boston chapter president and two terms as a national vice president at the Brandeis National Committee. She also led several national BNC fundraising initiatives and organized high-profile functions that honored entertainer Carol Channing, Boston Opera conductor Sarah Caldwell, and artists James Rosenquist and Jonathan Borofsky. She received BNC’s National Presidential Citation in 2013.
Ann Tanenbaum ’66 founded Tanenbaum International Literary Agency, a boutique literary agency and consultancy. She has been a steadfast supporter of the arts at Brandeis for many years, serving on both the Rose Art Museum’s board of overseers and the Brandeis Arts Council since 2008. She established a scholarship for a student studying art history and supports the MusicUnitesUs program. Her late father, Charles, donated 32 volumes from his collection of rare books to Brandeis.