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2012/08/19 - Rabbi Neal Katz & Jeanne Lewis

Rabbi Neal Katz & Jeanne Lewis

 Rabbi Neal Katz & Jeanne Lewis

TYLER  2012/08/19

The Discovery Science Place (DSP) is a nonprofit, hands-on learning environment whose purpose is to open young minds to science, technology, math, and engineering. Located in downtown Tyler, the DSP features hands-on exhibits and interactive, imaginative exhibit halls where kids of all ages are free to move about, create, invent, and explore. Each year, approximately 60,000 children, parents, and teachers share the DSP experience.

On Saturday, September 29, at Willow Brook Country Club, the DSP will host their annual fundraising gala, Night at the Museum – Splendor of the Sphinx. You will be transported to the wonders of the Nile to enjoy an evening of live music, creative culinary creations, a talking Sphinx, Egyptian mummies, and exotic belly dancers. Proceeds from this event will support the excellent educational experiences, exciting exhibits, and informal, fun-learning opportunities offered at the DSP.

Mrs. Jeanne Lewis and Rabbi Neal Katz serve on the Discovery Science Place board of directors, and invite the community to attend the  Night at the Museum – Splendor of the Sphinx fundraising.

“The museum is a learning center committed to igniting curiosity in young people through fun, hands-on exploration of its exhibits,” Mrs. Lewis said.  “It’s a family-oriented place that all children love no matter their age.”

“In raising funds for the DSP, we are helping to ensure the continuation of a high-level science museum education for the children of our community,” Rabbi Katz said.

In addition to her volunteer commitment to the DSP, Mrs. Lewis is also active in the American Association of University Women, where she currently serves as program co-chair. She was born in Hornell, New York, and has resided in Tyler for 29 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Fredonia in Fredonia, New York, and became a Texas certified public accountant in 1986. Mrs. Lewis is the mother of two adult children, Amanda and Kevin.

As a tireless community volunteer, Rabbi Katz serves as a board member for the Samaritan Counseling Center, Hospice of East Texas, the Art of Peace Festival, and the Southwest Association of Reform Rabbis. He is also a graduate of Leadership Tyler. Born in Fairfax, Virginia, Rabbi Katz has resided in Tyler for nine years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from George Mason University in Fairfax, where he also did graduate work in counseling. Rabbi Katz received both his master’s degree and his Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for 17 years and are the parents of Micah, 11, Lila, 9, and Rebecca, 6. 

Mrs. Lewis and Rabbi Katz agree that Tyler is a wonderfully generous community and volunteers play an important role in the cultural, educational, and spiritual health of Tyler.  Volunteering is an opportunity to stay connected to the needs of friends, neighbors, and the community.

For more information about the Discovery Science Place gala, Night at the Museum – Splendor of the Sphinx, please call 903-533-8011.      





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