Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

Lawrence Schulman Elected National Commander of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA

Fall 2007

Lawrence Schulman of Rochester, NY, was elected National Commander of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) at its 112th Annual National Convention in Charleston, SC, on August 24, 2007.

The JWV is the oldest continuously active veterans' organization in the country, having been founded by Jewish Civil War Veterans on March 15, 1896, to counter the contention of Mark Twain and others that Jews had not served in the military. The JWV continues its service to veterans today by advocating for veterans' rights and benefits and by fighting anti-Semitism and bigotry wherever it may be found.

Mr. Schulman served in the U.S. Army from July 1958 to July 1961. He was a Specialist 4th Class in Ludwigsburg, Germany, Headquarters Company, 34th Signal Battalion, 7th Corps, as a Personnel Clerk.

After leaving the service, he completed his studies at Rochester Institute of Technology, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. He joined L.F. Rothschild Investments and was employed there as a stockbroker for 15 years. His firm was subsequently acquired by Smith Barney, and he retired in July 2002 as a Financial Consultant, Certified Financial Planner, advising individuals, small businesses and non-profit agencies.

Mr. Schulman joined the JWV of the USA in 1966 and has been an active member of the David J. Kauffman Post #41, where he has held all Post offices. He has co-chaired both the 50th and 60th Anniversary Dinners and other affairs at the Post. He has been Quartermaster for the past four years. He testified at a CARES Committee Meeting on the closing of the Canandaigua VA Hospital and helped retain the hospital in his part of the state.

Mr. Schulman moved up in the Western District Council becoming Commander and subsequently moved through the offices of the Department of New York, becoming the Department Commander from 1980-81. He has served on the National Executive Committee and the Budget Committee. In addition to serving the JWV, Mr. Schulman is active in the Jewish Community Federation, having served on the Allocations, Finance, and Investment Committees and on the Board of Directors.

He is also a Past Board Member and served on the Investment and Finance Committees at his synagogue, Temple Beth El. In addition, he has served as the Treasurer of Chapter 20 of the Vietnam Veterans and is a member of Fairport Flower City Lodge #476, Scottish Rite Consistory, Valley of Rochester and the Damascus Shrine.

He was born in Rochester, NY, attending public schools and college there. He is married to Judy Schulman (nee Savitz) who is a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the David J. Kauffman Post #41. They have one son, Samuel, who is a Caseworker in the Adolescent Unit of Clinton County Social Service, in Plattsburgh, NY.


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