Mr. Lawrence & Mrs. Marilyn Katz
Lawrence M. Katz is the Director of Jewish Life and Learning of the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island. He earned his B.A. from Columbia College and his M.A. in Jewish education from the Jewish Theological Seminary, which later awarded him a Doctor of Pedagogy, honoris causa. Mr. Katz is a past president of the Jewish Educators Assembly.
As part of his work at the Alliance, Larry has been most involved with the financial security of Providence Hebrew Day School. He administers a foundation which has provided about $3,000,000 for scholarships at PHDS. These funds come from businesses which receive state tax credits for their donations.
Mr. Katz has also managed the Gift of Israel and the scholarship programs at the Alliance, which help make study in Israel affordable for PHDS graduates. In addition, he is responsible for the BunkConnect program, which provides discounts at Jewish summer camps.
Larry is married to Marilyn Spitalny Katz. Mrs. Katz earned her B.A. from Ohio State University and her M.A. from Xavier University. She has been a special education teacher and has helped students with disabilities in their Hebrew and b’nei mitzvah studies. Mrs. Katz volunteers as a part-time teacher and helps conduct a Shabbat service for people with disabilities. Marilyn was a den leader for the Cub Scout pack that met at Congregation Beth Sholom and at Providence Hebrew Day School.
Marilyn and Larry have two sons, Jacob, 25, and Daniel, 20.Return to list of all honorees