In 2002, Alvernia University initiated a civic award program with the Alvernia Seniors College called the St. Clare Award. Later, the name was changed to the Rabbi Alan Weitzman Award for Community Service in honor of this remarkable individual’s life-long commitment to addressing the needs of others, including his service as the longtime Director of the Alvernia Seniors College.
The purpose of the award is to:
• recognize and highlight civic-mindedness
• draw the community’s attention to this vital role
• encourage others to give of themselves
The 2013 recipient, Rosalind "Roz" Ruth (Fried) Hyman was born in New York City on April 17, 1933. At a young age she moved to Pennsylvania. She married Attorney LeRoy Hyman, a Reading trial attorney, founder and partner in the law firm of Liever, Hyman, and Potter.
Roz, upon learning of her husband’s diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease founded the Parkinson’s Support Group of Reading. Additionally, she was the co-founder and co-director of Alvernia Seniors College, serving with the Director, Rabbi Alan Weitzman. The pilot program for the Seniors College was formed in 1998 and continues to thrive.
Roz also served on the Board of Directors of the Reading Emergency Shelter and the Reading Food Bank. She is a member of Hadassah, the Sisterhood of Temple Oheb Sholom, and has served on the Board of the Temple, as vice president of the Temple and, eventually, as president. She joined Torch International in 1999, served as secretary and on the Board of Directors, where she ultimately became president in 2009 and on the 23rd day of June, 2012 received the Silver Torch Award for outstanding contributions to the association.
Ronald L. Bashore
David J. Batdorf, Esq.
Fern Houck Carabello
Mary Ann Chelius Smith
Walter C. Flatt, Jr. (Posthumously)
Bernard M. Hofmann
Jack K. Holcomb
Rev. Luther H. Routte
Beryll B. Ruth