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Interview: A Philanthropy Office That’s a Performance Space, Too
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Executive Director Gladys Miller-Rosenstein's recent interview with Lilith Magazine:

May 25, 2017 by

Puffin Foundation, Ltd. Executive Director Gladys Miller-Rosenstein and President Perry Rosenstein during renaming of E. Oakdene Ave. to Puffin Way by the Town Council of Teaneck

Puffin Foundation, Ltd. Executive Director Gladys Miller-Rosenstein and President Perry Rosenstein during renaming of E. Oakdene Ave. to Puffin Way by the Town Council of Teaneck.

Once upon a time, the orange-beaked puffin—native to the waters of the Northern United States—was on the verge of extinction. But after concerted efforts by a slew of determined people, the puffin population is again flourishing.

The founders of the Teaneck, New Jersey-based Puffin Foundation see the bird’s resurgence as a metaphor and they have made it their mission to support movements that might otherwise falter. As their website explains, the Foundation strives to “open doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and arts organizations that are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender or social philosophy.”

In practical terms, the 37-year-old philanthropy has supported a wide array of visual artists, writers, filmmakers, poets, musicians, journalists, and photographers. Among them are names that are likely familiar to Lilith readers, including Agnes Adler, Alice Matzkin, and Lilly Rivlin. Groups—and media—have also benefitted from the fund’s largesse: The Nation, In These Times, Jewish Currents, Mother Jones, Salon, and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice have received grants.

The Puffin Foundation’s Executive Director, Gladys Miller-Rosenstein, met with Lilith reporter Eleanor J. Bader in mid-May in the group’s spacious award-and-art-filled office.

Eleanor J. Bader: Were you one of the founders of the Puffin Foundation?

Gladys Miller-Rosenstein: No. My husband, Perry Rosenstein, started the Foundation in the early 1980s and got 501(c)3 status so that it could operate as a not-for-profit entity. Then it basically just sat there. He was working—he ran the enormously successful Brighton-Best Socket Screw Company that produced the fasteners, bolts, and screws that every machine in the world needs—and none of his three kids were interested in running a foundation at that time. Over the years that changed, but let me backtrack a bit.

Perry and I were both widowed in the early 1980s. I did not know Perry but he and my first husband grew up together in the Bronx Coops, a huge cooperative housing complex that had been built by the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America in the late 1920s. They’d been friends growing up. They both volunteered to join the Navy during World War II and they both, thankfully, came back.  For some reason, although they’d been in the same social group before the war, they lost track of one another afterwards.

My husband and Perry’s wife died at about the same time and, approximately six years later, Perry and I met through a mutual friend. We married in 1990, and I moved to Perry’s home in Great Neck. By that point I was ready to retire—I’d taught elementary school in Ramapo, New York for 25 years and I decided to take a post-retirement year to regroup and figure out what I wanted to do next. After a while I decided to work in the offices of the Puffin Foundation and see what could develop.

EJB: Why did you decide to make the arts your funding priority?

GM-R:  Both Perry and I love culture—dance, theater, opera—and believe that the arts can speak to people in a way that verbiage and other mediums do not and cannot. Our mission is to go where other funders don’t go, so this seemed like a natural fit.

We have two grant cycles a year. The first goes from January 1 to July 1 and allocates grants—typically $1000 to $2500—to individual artists and arts organizations. The second cycle funds media, another of our passions, and we award grants to publications that we believe do good investigative reporting on issues like labor, the environment, LGBTQ concerns, feminism and women’s issues. Additionally, publications that promote secular Jewish culture—an understanding of, and appreciation for, Yiddishkeit—among younger people are of enormous interest to us.

I want to stress that despite our devotion to funding artists and arts groups, we have continually expanded what we do. For the past several years, we’ve collaborated with the Nation Institute on an annual human rights award, a creative citizenry award, which is given to someone who has done distinctive and courageous social justice work. So far, we’ve give the prize to Dolores Huerta of the United Farm Workers, Robert Moses of The Algebra Project, the founders of the Innocence Project, and Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood. This year we gave the award to two lifeguards who’ve brought immigrants and refugees to safety. These men have literally saved hundreds of people who are so desperate to flee war, poverty, and hunger that they travel on rafts and in rubber boats. We’re thrilled to be able to support these humanitarian efforts.

EJB: In addition to providing funding, the Puffin Foundation has a wonderful gallery as well as a large meeting area. Can you say a little about how the space is used by the wider community?

Classical Concert at the Puffin Cultural Forum.

Classical Concert at the Puffin Cultural Forum.

GM-R: We have programs here every weekend—all kinds of music, talks, documentary films, plays, and an open mic. We try to vary what we offer. We’ve brought people in to deliver lectures. Michelle Alexander, Robert Meeropol, Katha Pollitt, and Jeremy Scahill are just a few of the people who’ve spoken here. Attendance varies. The room can hold 110 people but we usually get between 60 and 70 for each program.

We also run a weekend photography workshop, now in its 14th year, that enrolls students ranging in age from 14 to 82. Each spring we exhibit their work in the gallery. In addition, there’s a drama workshop that meets here once a week.

EJB: Your office is located in a virtual forest. How did that come about?

GM-R: Perry had his business here and sometime around 2003 he saw surveyors measuring the land surrounding the business. He became worried that the city would come in and cut down the trees. Perry can be a like a matador fighting a bull and once he got the idea to turn the wetlands into a public park, to be maintained through a public-private partnership, he promoted it everywhere he went. The Bergen County Parks Department eventually agreed to the plan. Under our auspices we had two miles of walking space constructed; it’s a raised walkway through the wetlands. A local muralist turned four giant concrete pipes that could not be moved into a graphic depiction of this area’s history, starting with the Lenape who were the first inhabitants. A sculpture garden enhances the parking area. We’ve been gratified to see that the park is well used every month of the year.

EJB: Are there any projects that you’re especially proud of?

GM-R: Perry’s particular pride and joy is the Puffin Social Activist Gallery located at the Museum of the City of New York. It opened in 2012 and has 14 sections, two of which change every two years. The Gallery looks at different types of activism and showcases the ways that activists helped New York City to develop. Thousands of children, elementary through high school, have visited the exhibition and have looked at the photos, memorabilia, and interactive displays.

Our goal here is for people to leave with an understanding that every single person can go out and make change happen.

EJB: How do you decide what projects are worthy of support?

GM-R: This was a big question for us in the early 1990s and we went to see people at the Rockefeller Foundation and asked staff there that question. They advised us to remember that our primary purpose is philanthropy. Our mission statement sets high standards. Our giving is directed towards people who share our beliefs and vision and who do work that will create a fairer and more just future for everyone.

Perry is now 91. Everything he has left when he dies will go to the Foundation. One of his sons, Neal, currently works at the fund and will eventually take over the day-to-day operation. Perry’s daughter runs the Puffin Foundation West Ltd., but it is a completely separate organization.

EJB: Are there other Puffin Projects that are near and dear to you?

GM-R: So many! We’ve been working in Haiti to bring sanitary supplies to three clinics that were built after the 2010 earthquake.  We’re working in Ghana to teach girls aged 14 to 18 how to make sanitary napkins because if they don’t have supplies they often don’t go to school when they are menstruating. We support the Teaneck International Film Festival and help with distribution of the Teaneck Kids‘ Chronicle, a newsmagazine produced by middle and high school aged children.

Oh, I almost forgot something incredibly important! We support Camp Shomria, a three week program located in Liberty, New York that brings Israeli and Palestinian youth together each summer. It’s a mini Seeds of Peace, a beacon of hope for a future in which we will co-exist together.

The Teaneck Community Chorus invites you to a special symposium and concert at Englewood Hospital's Chiang Auditorium
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Two beautiful events coming June 3. A free Symposium on Alzheimer's. And a concert of Choral Works Celebrating the Human Spirit - dedicated to everyone impacted by the disease. Please share. Go to for the schedule

Learn about NYC's proud history of activism at the Puffin Gallery of Social Activism
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Learn about NYC's proud history of activism at the Puffin Gallery of Social Activism at the Museum of the City of NY, and check out these great public programs offered by the museum.

Puffin Proud to Sponsor The Clara Lemlich Social Activist Awards- May 1
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LaborArts and the Remember The Triangle Fire Coalition
Invite You To
The Seventh Annual Clara Lemlich Awards
May 1, 2017
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
Refreshments, Music

Last spring we honored five unsung women who’ve devoted their lives to the greater good, in the tradition of Clara Lemlich following the Triangle Factory Fire in 1911. See video from the 2016 event and interviews with the honorees here.

The Lemlich Awards honor women who have been working for the larger good their entire lives, in the tradition of those who sparked so many reforms in the aftermath of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire over one hundred years ago.

We honor—in the words of the poet Marge Piercy—people who:
jump into work head first
without dallying in the shadows…
who do what has to be done, again and again.


Visit for more information about the event.

81st Annual Celebration (New York) and presentation of the ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism
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81st Annual Celebration (New York) and presentation of the ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism
Sunday, April 16, 2017


Museum of the City of New York
1220 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10029

Pre-Event Benefit 2:15 pm – 4:15 pm [Doors open at 2:00 pm and includes lunch] Featuring a conversation on mass migration and international solidarity with award recipient Oscar Camps and Communications Director at Human Rights Watch Emma Daly.

Annual Celebration 4:45 – 6:30 pm [Doors open at 4:00 pm] Featuring the presentation of the ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism to Proactiva Open Arms in support of their ongoing efforts to rescue migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea.The Annual Celebration will also feature a performance of Songs Against Fascism by Brooklyn-based ensemble Barbez.

Reception to follow. Honorary Committee: Vinie Burrows, Richard Serra, and Emilio Silva.
Host Committee: Peter N. Carroll, Burt Cohen, Dan Czitrom, Anthony Geist, Jeanne Houck, Jo Labanyi, Fraser Ottanelli, Ellyn Polshek, and Amy Rao.


The Puffin Foundation is pleased to announce the ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism
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Awarded to the Spanish non-governmental organization Proactiva Open Arms in support of their ongoing efforts to rescue migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

New York — On April 16, 2017, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) will present the ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism to the Spanish non-governmental organization Proactiva Open Arms in support of their ongoing efforts to rescue migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea. One of the largest monetary awards for human rights in the world, this $100,000 cash prize is granted annually by ALBA and the Puffin Foundation to honor the nearly 3,000 Americans who volunteered in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) to fight fascism under the banner of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.

“The past two years have seen the largest migration crisis since World War II,” says ALBA´s executive director Marina Garde. “The failure of world leaders to address this crisis and the growing intolerance in the United States will only push more refugees to undertake dangerous journeys to find safety. The work of Proactiva Open Arms in protecting refugees and highlighting the injustices they face, has never been more important. ALBA is proud to honor this group.”

Originally Proactiva was a maritime service company, specializing in commercial lifeguard and rescue services. In September 2015, after seeing media coverage of drowned children in the Aegean Sea, Proactiva’s director Oscar Camps travelled to the island of Lesbos with one member of the company to see if they could help. As they witnessed refugees landing on the beaches, they decided to stay in Lesbos and rescue people coming ashore. “We started out using our own money and our arms and fins as the only resources but have greatly expanded our operation since then, thanks to donations from civil society,” explains Oscar Camps. Proactiva Open Arms now has rescue teams on the beaches of Lesbos and a ship patrolling off the Libyan coast. Over 17,000 people have been rescued by Proactiva Open Arms since July 2016 in the Mediterranean Sea.

This cause is important to Spanish history and to ALBA. The Spanish Civil War led to one of the first large-scale refugee disasters of the twentieth century. When the fascist forces triumphed, five hundred thousand Spaniards fled the dictatorship. In a haunting echo of today, most of the world refused to take in any of these refugees—with the exception of Mexico—and many were sent back to suffer under Franco’s regime or turned over to the Nazis.

The ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism is an initiative to sustain the legacy of the experiences, aspirations, and idealism of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. It supports contemporary international activists and human rights causes. The Award was created by visionary and philanthropist Perry Rosenstein, President of the Puffin Foundation, which established an endowed fund for this human rights award in 2010.

Award Ceremony
Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 4:45pm

Museum of the City of New York
1220 5th Ave. New York, NY 10029

Reception to follow.


The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives
The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) is an educational non-profit dedicated to promoting social activism and the defense of human rights. ALBA’s work is inspired by the American volunteers of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade who fought fascism in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). Drawing on the ALBA collections in New York University’s Tamiment Library, and working to expand such collections, ALBA works to preserve the legacy of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade as an inspiration for present and future generations.

Other recipients of the ALBA/ Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism include investigative journalists Lydia Cacho and Jeremy Scahill; Judge Baltaser Garzón; Kate Doyle and Fredy Peccerelli, who work to expose human rights violations in Guatemala; United We Dream, a national network of youth-led immigrant activist organizations that fight for the rights of millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States, and public-interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson.

The Puffin Foundation
Since it was founded in 1983, the Puffin Foundation Ltd. has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy. The Puffin, a species whose nesting sites were endangered by encroaching civilization, were encouraged to return to their native habitats through the constructive efforts of a concerned citizenry. The Foundation has adopted the name Puffin as a metaphor for how it perceives its mission, which is to ensure that the arts continue to grow and enrich our lives. In so doing it has joined with other concerned groups and individuals toward achieving that goal. The Puffin Foundation is also a long-standing supporter of ALBA’s educational mission.

Proactiva Open Arms
Proactiva Open Arms is a NGO whose mission is to rescue refugees crossing to Europe to escape wars, persecution, or poverty. Born from a commercial lifeguard service, they specialize in aiding and rescuing migrants and refugees who need help in the Aegean and central Mediterranean Sea, as well as raising awareness about mass migration and injustices those migrants face.



Nueva York - El 16 de abril de 2017, Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) otorgará el Premio ALBA/Puffin al Activismo en Pro de los Derechos Humanos a la organización no gubernamental Proactiva Open Arms por sus esfuerzos para rescatar a los migrantes que cruzan el mar Mediterráneo. Dotado con 100.000 dólares, el Premio ALBA/Puffin es uno de los mayores galardones de derechos humanos en el mundo, otorgado anualmente por ALBA y generosamente patrocinado por la Fundación Puffin, con el objetivo de honrar a las Brigadas Internacionales y conectar su legado inspirador con causas contemporáneas.

"Los últimos dos años han sido testigos de la mayor crisis migratoria desde la Segunda Guerra Mundial", dice la directora ejecutiva de ALBA, Marina Garde. "El fracaso de los líderes mundiales para hacer frente a esta crisis y la creciente intolerancia en Estados Unidos conducirá a que los refugiados emprendan viajes todavía más peligrosos. El trabajo de Proactiva Open Arms para proteger a los refugiados y resaltar las injusticias a las que se enfrentan nunca ha sido tan relevante. ALBA se enorgullece de honrar a este grupo”.

Proactiva era originalmente una empresa especializada en seguridad marítima. En septiembre de 2015, después de ver la cobertura mediática de varios niños ahogados en el mar Egeo, Oscar Camps, director de la firma, decidió viajar a la isla de Lesbos con un miembro de la compañía para ver si podían ayudar. Después de ver a los refugiados desembarcar en las playas, decidieron quedarse en Lesbos para ayudar a rescatar a la gente que llegaba a tierra. ¨Empezamos financiándonos con dinero de nuestro propio bolsillo, con la ayuda de tan sólo nuestros brazos y aletas de natación pero desde entonces hemos ampliado enormemente nuestra operación gracias a las donaciones de la sociedad civil”, explica Oscar Camps. Con este fin, Proactiva ha lanzado equipos de rescate en las playas de Lesbos y un buque de búsqueda y rescate en la costa libia. Proactiva Open Arms ha rescatado a más de 17,000 personas en el Mediterráneo desde julio de 2016.

Esta causa es importante para la historia de España y para ALBA. La Guerra Civil Española (1936-1939) originó uno de los primeros desastres de refugiados a gran escala del siglo XX. Cuando las fuerzas fascistas triunfaron, quinientos mil españoles huyeron de la dictadura. Como un eco inquietante de hoy, la mayor parte del mundo se negó a aceptar estos refugiados -con la excepción de México- y muchos fueron devueltos a sufrir bajo el régimen de Franco o entregados a los nazis.

Parte de una iniciativa diseñada para mantener vivo el legado de las experiencias, aspiraciones e idealismo de la Brigada Abraham Lincoln, el premio ALBA/Puffin da apoyo a causas activistas actuales. El premio fue creado por el visionario y filántropo Perry Rosenstein, presidente de la Fundación Puffin, que en 2010 estableció un fondo dotado para este premio.

Ceremonia de entrega de premios– domingo, 16 de abril a las 16:45 horas.
Museum of the City of New York
1220 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10029

xxx Más información:

Los Archivos de la Brigada Abraham Lincoln (
Después del estallido de la Guerra Civil Española (1936-39) alrededor de 40.000 hombres y mujeres de 52 países, incluidos 2.800 de Estados Unidos, viajaron a España para unirse a las Brigadas Internacionales y luchar contra el fascismo. Los voluntarios de EE.UU. llegaron a ser conocidos como la Brigada Abraham Lincoln. Fundada en 1979, los Archivos de la Brigada Abraham Lincoln (ALBA) es una organización educativa sin fines de lucro que promueve la sensibilización pública, la investigación y el análisis con respecto a la Guerra Civil Española y su significado histórico, político y artístico, sustentado en un importante archivo ubicado en la Biblioteca Tamiment de la Universidad de Nueva York. ALBA también auspicia exposiciones, publicaciones, presentaciones y programas educativos para maestros de escuelas secundarias, con el fin de preservar el legado de activismo progresista de la Brigada Abraham Lincoln, como inspiración para generaciones presentes y futuras.

Entre los ganadores del Premio ALBA/Puffin para los Derechos Humanos al Activismo en Pro de los Derechos Humanos se incluyen el juez Baltasar Garzón, Kate Doyle y Fredy Peccerelli, United We Dream, Bryan Stevenson y la Asociación para la Recuperación de la Memoria Histórica (ARMH) en España.

La Fundación Puffin (
Desde su creación en 1983, la Fundación Puffin Ltd. ha procurado abrir las puertas de la expresión artística mediante la concesión de becas a artistas y organizaciones de arte menos privilegiadas por razones de raza, género o filosofía social. Al adoptar como símbolo al frailecillo —un pájaro cuyos lugares de anidación han sido amenazados por el avance de la civilización, pero que ha podido regresar a su hábitat natural gracias a los esfuerzos de ciudadanos activistas— la Fundación ha querido expresar así cómo concibe su misión, que consiste en garantizar que las artes sigan creciendo y enriqueciendo la vida. Con ese mismo fin, la Fundación se ha aliado con otros grupos y personas interesados. La Fundación Puffin ha apoyado la misión educativa de ALBA desde hace varios años.

Proactiva Open Arms (
Proactiva Open Arms es una organización no gubernamental cuya misión principal es rescatar a los refugiados del mar que llegan a Europa huyendo de guerras, persecución o pobreza. Nacido de una compañía de rescate y primeros auxilios en el mar, on amplia experiencia en las costas españolas, se especializan en las misiones de búsqueda y rescate de barcos que transportan a personas que necesitan ayuda en el Mar Egeo y el Mediterráneo central, así como en la concienciación sobre la migración masiva y las injusticias que enfrentan esos migrantes.

Cultural Forum's Drones Quilt Project Opening Cancelled
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Due to inclement weather today’s event is cancelled. Stay safe and warm. We will see you next weekend!

Open Call for Artwork for Puffin Cultural Forum’s Women’s History Month Exhibition
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The Puffin Cultural Forum is a small and passionate art and performance space located in Teaneck, NJ just outside of New York City that seeks to promote the meeting of the Arts and Activism. To that end, the Puffin Cultural Forum hosts art exhibitions, and performances of music, theater, poetry, film, lectures, community workshops in an effort to explore, share and communicate ideas and expressions that may fall outside boundaries of popular, mainstream thought.

In recognition of Women’s History Month in March, 2017, the Puffin Cultural Forum seeks submissions of artwork that speak to issues of feminism and state of women’s rights in light of the current social, political, and historical climate.

The exhibit is open to all media. There is limited space for art that takes up floor space as well as video and digital art.

Important Dates
Selected artwork will be exhibited March 3rd to April 30th at the Puffin Gallery in Teaneck, NJ. The opening is tentatively scheduled for March 3rd, 7pm. All artwork must be delivered or otherwise received by February 21st.

Gallery Information
There is a total of 120 feet of displayable wall space. Artwork height is limited at 6 feet.

Submission Requirements
Please make your submission via email to director, Andrew Lee,

-You must include your name, email address and phone number
-Provide title, year, medium and dimensions of your work
-A statement or description of your work broadly and/or specific to submitted work
-Physical location of the artwork
-Submission must be received by January 31, 2017.

Please feel free to contact director, Andrew Lee,, 201-500-7259, for further questions or inquiries.

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