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TORCH OF FREEDOM AWARD
RABBI MARK S. GOLUB
President and CEO, Shalom TV and The Russian Television Network (RTN)

Mark Golub

Lauded by Newsweek as one of America's most influential rabbis, Mark Golub is recognized within American Jewry as a leading interviewer and television producer. His award-winning national program, "L'Chayim," has aired continuously since 1979 with a guest list that reads like a "Who's Who" on the world Jewish scene.

In 2006, he originated Shalom TV as a free "On Demand" network which is now available in more than 45 million homes on cable systems throughout the country. More recently, Rabbi Golub launched the Shalom TV Channel, featuring news and public affairs, Jewish Studies, children's programming, the 92nd Street Y, Israeli films and Jewish culture and entertainment. See Cablevision Channel 138.

Rabbi Golub is also known nation-wide for creating the first Russian-language channel in the United States, RTN (The Russian Television Network of America), which currently serves the needs of hundreds of thousands of Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union. RTN is carried by every cable system in America and Canada and is also part of a 12-channel package which Rabbi Golub's company distributes itself.

Rabbi Golub received his ordination from the HUC-JIR in New York, which recognized his unique contribution to American Jewish life with an honorary doctorate that describes him as an "Innovative Rabbi" whose "gifts as a communicator have helped disseminate the meaning of Judaism, whose commitment to Torah has inspired and enlightened the chavurot he founded and sustains, whose experience and creativity have earned him a position of leadership in Jewish broadcasting, and whose spirit finds expression in his religious conviction and in his artistic talent."

Rabbi Golub is a long-time resident of Stamford, CT with his wife Ruth, whom he credits enormously for having helped him build Shalom TV and RTN. They have five children and two grandchildren. Rabbi Golub also credits his brother, David S. Golub, an attorney with Silver Golub & Teitell in Stamford, for being instrumental in the creation and success of Shalom TV and RTN.