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Joan Arbetter Rosenberg, N84, and David Rosenberg

About Them

Joan and David Rosenberg’s devotion to the health and education of young people is born of a commitment to social justice and to tzedakah, or charity, an obligation of Jewish life. Next to raising four children, giving back to the community is among their highest priorities. She is a board member and fundraiser for Combined Jewish Philanthropies’ Women’s Division and for the Rashi School, among other charitable pursuits, while he is a real-estate developer who has provided affordable housing to thousands of families of low-to-moderate income in Greater Boston. She co-chairs the Development Committee at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and is active in the school's alumni association, while he serves on the board of Tufts Hillel.

Their Passions

Joan: I wake up every morning wanting to make a difference in the world in any way I can.

David: Watching people in my organization grow and prosper and helping others achieve their goals.

Specialty of the House If They Ran Their Own Restaurant

Joan: I adore wonderful, healthy soups. I would love to conceive of a soup house with great bread and loads of condiments.

David: Beer Can Chicken.

Last Book Read

Joan: Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel - an amazing book, a must-read.

David: The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century, by Thomas L. Friedman.


Joan: "Meet each day with joy and commitment."

David: "People don't know whether I'm working or playing."

Why They Give

Joan: Tufts was such a gift to me. Living and studying around friendly, brilliant, open-minded, diverse people in a middle-sized university opened me up to countless successes and feelings of confidence. Rabbi Jeffrey Summit is one of the most gifted people that we have ever met. He changes the world hundreds of times a year through his work at Tufts. The School of Nutrition is at a critical point in its development, and I am honored to be part of its surging influence on diet, health and community.

David: Tufts Hillel represented an opportunity for me to connect me more deeply to my Jewish identity. Working with Rabbi Summit has opened my ears and heart to a whole new level of Jewish living, spiritually, communally and philanthropically. Having this bond with Tufts Hillel strengthens my desire to help others.