Zygmunt (Zygi) Wilf was born in Germany to his parents, Joseph (of blessed memory) and Elizabeth, Holocaust survivors from Nazi occupied Poland. After working as an attorney, Zygi joined the family real estate business, Garden Homes/Garden Commercial Properties, where he presently serves as CEO.
An internationally-respected industrialist and philanthropist, Zygi has - together with his brother Mark and cousin Leonard - successfully grown the family businesses and pursued the family's charitable legacy.
Continuing in the footsteps of his late father, Joe, and uncle Harry, Zygi has shown inspiring leadership to the Rabbinical College of America, empowering our global efforts to strengthen Jewish identity and make this a brighter world.
The RCA is honored to recognize Zygi's outstanding accomplishments by bestowing upon him an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from our venerable institution.
Born Tammy Snyder in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the First Lady and Governor Philip D. Murphy have been married for 23 years, and have four wonderful children: Josh, Emma, Charlie, and Sam.
A graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A., English and Communications, 1987), Tammy currently sits on the University’s Board of Visitors. She also serves as Secretary and charter member of The Climate Reality Action Fund, an organization founded by former Vice-President Al Gore.
When the Governor served as Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, the First Lady skillfully represented the United States, strengthening our nation’s relationship with a critical ally, while impacting the lives of thousands of Germans and Americans.
Upon returning to New Jersey, the Murphys founded a think tank to explore ways to help grow the middle class and jumpstart New Jersey’s economy. Now, as First Lady, Tammy travels the state to meet New Jerseyans to hear their concerns, utilizing her experience in the private and nonprofit sectors to work through policy ideas and solutions.
The Jewish community, amongst all New Jerseyans, know that they have a strong advocate and compassionate leader in Tammy Snyder Murphy.
About Rabbinical College of America
The Rabbinical College of America is part of the worldwide Chabad movement, which boasts more than 4000 centers worldwide. One of Chabad’s principal institutions, the RCA sits on an eighty-acre campus in Morris Township, NJ, and houses educational facilities for students ranging from Early-Childhood through Graduate level. In addition to its world-class educational structure, the RCA has spawned 59 satellite Chabad Centers, serving communities throughout NJ’s length and breadth. As one might expect from a Jewish movement, Chabad’s primary focus is on Jewish communal needs. At the same time, our over-arching goal is to brighten the world and help humanity, irrespective of particular religious affiliations. As an illustration, our locally-based graduates were on the front lines of disaster relief in Houston, Puerto Rico, St. Martin and St. Thomas, providing vital support to anyone in need.
The RCA is training the world’s spiritual leaders, and inspiring them to fan the globe and make this a better world. We agree with our dedicated friend, Senator Joe Lieberman, who branded the RCA as the ‘West Point of Judaism.’