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Thoughts From Carl Singer of Passaic

Carl Singer is uniquely experienced with organizations that are exceptionally well-run and effective at what they do.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 2001 in both active and reserve status, attaining the rank of colonel. He served as part of an elite staff in the Army Chief of Staff’s office, and in his last position he commanded a team of colonels at the U.S. Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership. He received the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Carl is a graduate of both the U.S. Army War College and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He also has a bachelor of science degree in organizational science from Case Institute of Technology; a master of science in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan; a Ph.D. from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management; and (more recently) a master of science in homeland security with a focus on terrorism and cyber security, and a master of arts in criminal justice, both from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

He has held senior positions at General Electric, Bell Communications Research, IBM and the Bank of New York Mellon. He also consulted for (then) Chase Manhattan Bank and the Institute for Defense Analyses.

Carl and his wife, Miriam, a professor in the Department of Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University, have been married for over 40 years and have three sons and six grandchildren.

Carl served as national commander of the Jewish War Veterans and as chairman of the board of the Jewish Memorial Chapel of Passaic/Clifton. He currently serves on the board of the Talmudical Academy of Philadelphia and as Passaic County chair of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency. All are volunteer positions.

Carl is an accomplished and busy man, with an abiding interest in the community. And he appreciates the Jewish Link’s role in that community.

Do you read The Jewish Link every week?

I look forward to reading The Jewish Link each week. It’s delivered to our home here in Passaic.

What are your favorite sections of the paper?

I’m most interested in the coverage of the schools. I grew up in Cleveland, a beautiful and warm community. At that time we had few choices—today, 60-plus years later and here in northern New Jersey, we have an overwhelming variety of quality choices. I’m blessed that my six grandchildren live in this time and place. I marvel at the options.

How do you interact with the paper?

I read The Jewish Link cover to cover, and my wife, Miriam, and I point out articles of interest to each other. At times I feel compelled to express myself via Letters to the Editor, and Moshe Kinderlehrer has been kind enough to publish some of these.

What does the paper mean to you?

The Jewish Link reminds me that my family lives in a dynamic community with myriad opportunities: numerous shuls, multiple chances to learn, etc. Even the food and restaurants advertisements warm my cockles—so many kosher choices. It speaks in the face of the old adage “S’iz shver tzu zein a Yid.”

Has the paper made a difference in your life?

I’ve lived in 10 states long enough to get mail—at times I got my kosher meat delivered by Greyhound bus—so in a way, I’m now living on easy street. The Jewish Link reminds me of how spiritually well off my community is. It hasn’t changed my life, but it’s helped me appreciate this goldene medina.

By Harry Glazer

 

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