Distinguished Honoree Bios

JCC MetroWest Distinguished Honorees

Ruth and Marty Barber

This evening we honor ruth and marty Barber for their longstanding dedication to the MetroWest Jewish community and committed service to JCC MetroWest.

Marty serves as secretary of the board of trustees of the JCC. He is also a linchpin of our Finance and Executive Committees.Simultaneously, he serves as vice-president of the Jewish Community Housing Corporation Board. Marty has given a lifetime of service to the Jewish community. He has been president of the Jewish Community Foundation of MetroWest, president of Temple Beth Shalom, vice-president of Daughters of Israel, treasurer of UJC MetroWest (now Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest), and vice-president of the American Jewish Congress. The secular world has also benefitted from Marty’s talents, as he has served as a member of the New Jersey State Board of Higher Education, Treasurer of the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Newark, and Treasurer of the Liberty Park Monument Committee.

Ruth is on the Board of Women’s Philanthropy and is a member of the Israel Program Centercommittee. She has served on the Board of Trustees of UJC, co-chaired the Lion of Judah Sapphire category, is a past board member of the Community Relations Committee and Jewish Education Association and a past Vice President of Business & Professional Women.

Both Marty and Ruth have forged successful professional careers in addition to their distinguished record of community service. Currently an officer at DanJon Management Corporation, a real estate management company, Marty is a founding partner of Wiss & Company, LLP, and Certified PublicAccountants. He retired from Wiss in 1996. Ruth has been an educator for most of her career.

Marty and Ruth are the proud parents of three children, and six brilliant grandchildren.


Neeli and Michael Margolis

This evening we also honor Neeli and Michael Margolis as we welcome and applaud their leadership and commitment to JCC MetroWest. Neeli and Michael Margolis reside in Livingston, New Jersey, with their children, Adam, Nate, and Maya. They both serve on the JCC MetroWest Board of Trustees. Michael has served on the Board since 2012. Neeli has served on the Board since 2010 and currently serves on the Executive Board of the Agency.

Michael is a Managing Director in Roth Capital Partners’ Healthcare Investment Banking Group. He serves on the Advisory Board of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s School of Pharmacy. Neeli is an attorney with her own practice, focusing on Divorce and Family Mediation.

Neeli and Michael are members of Temple Beth Shalom, Ahavat Torah and Cedar Hill Golf & Country Club. Their sons, Adam and Nate, completed the JCC MetroWest Early Education Center. Their daughter, Maya, is currently a student at the school.

Neeli and Michael are also very active in their local community. For the past two years, Michael has served as a Manager for the Livingston Travel Soccer Program. Neeli was the first organizer and Chairperson for JCC MetroWest’s Annual Toast of the Town fundraiser and continues to serve on its committee. She is also an active volunteer at the Burnet Hill Elementary School Home and School Association.

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