Mervyn and Marlene Hollander selected as 2009 Guardians of the Menorah.
YOUNGSTOWN — B’nai B’rith will honor Mervyn and Marlene Hollander as the 2009 Guardians of the Menorah during a tribute banquet at 6:30 p.m. June 28 at Temple El Emeth, 3970 Logan Way, Liberty. The Guardian of the Menorah Tribute is presented to outstanding members of the community who have demonstrated, through service and commitment, their devotion to the causes of youth and the Jewish and general community.
After graduating from The Rayen School, Merv attended Michigan State University in the hotel and restaurant management school. He transferred to Youngstown State University and worked in the family business while going to night school.
Marlene graduated from Taylor Alderdice High School in Pittsburgh and enrolled at Youngstown State University majoring in primary education. They met at YSU while Marlene was decorating a homecoming float. Both graduated from YSU in 1964, Merv with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and Marlene with a bachelor’s in education.
The couple were married June 21, 1964, in Pittsburgh. They have three children, Eric, Adam and Robyn, and five grandchildren.
Merv worked in the family business while Marlene taught at E.J. Blott Elemenatry School in Liberty and then in the Jewish Community Center Pre-School program for 18 years. She also helped develop the Aleph Bet Day Care program with Marsha Fader. She has held leadership positions in Hadassah, Jewish Women International, El Emeth Sisterhood and other service organizations.
Marlene was past chairwoman of the Jewish Federation Women’s division, a board member of Relay for Life and various Jewish and non-Jewish organizations. She is a board member of Children of Israel Congregation and has served as Sisterhood president for 18 years.
Merv is a past president of the Girard/Liberty Rotary, and has been a board member of the Jewish Community Center, American Red Cross, Better Business Bureau, Squaw Creek Country Club, Relay for Life and various other organizations. He has been an active member and has served as president of Children of Israel Congregation on and off for more than 25 years.
The Hollanders recently were honored by the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation with the Esther Marks Volunteer Service Award.
In 1987, Merv left the family business and with Marlene learned the window business in Toledo. In 1991, they moved back to Youngstown and opened their new family business, WeatherTite Windows.
Years ago, the Hollanders toured the former Tod Children’s Hospital and immediately began raising money for the hospital. They were passionate about their commitment to Tod’s.
When the Hollanders visited the Rich Center for Autism, they wanted to help bring awareness to the public about the center. The couple sponsor an annual picnic in July and a holiday party in December. Both events have grown each year with more than 150 participants enjoying their hospitality.
They also are supporters of the Children’s Center for Science & Technology (formerly the Children’s Museum) and numerous other causes.
Living past recipients of the Guardian of the Menorah are Aaron Grossman, former state Sen. Harry Meshel, Attorney. James L. Pazol, Samuel A. Roth, Bert Tamarkin, Florence Harshman, Dr. William Lippy, Terry Roth, Sam D. Roth, Paul Schwebel, Bruce Sherman, Gerald Peskin, Louis R. Epstein, William Vegh, Irving Lev, Dr. Saul Friedman, Sam Kooperman, Myra Benedikt, Susan Sokolov, Bruce Lev, Anita Shapiro, Dr. Richard Shapiro and Suzyn Schwebel Epstein.
For more information or to make reservations, please contact Bruce Sherman at (330) 783-1442.