APRIL 23, 1971 - APRIL 6, 2008


On April 6, 2008 Major Stuart Adam Wolfer was killed in the Green Zone, Baghdad, Iraq.  The Wolfer family will not allow Stuart’s voice to be silenced. The Major Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute (MSAWI) was established so that his legacy of leadership, commitment to his country and community service will continue to live on and to inspire future generations of children, adults and leaders.

The Institute is committed to supporting U.S. troops stationed overseas and domestically.  The Institute seeks to directly involve the community  in its mission so that those of us at home give of our most precious resource, our time.

The Institute seeks to increase awareness of the sacrifices our service people make on our behalf each and every day through educational programs at schools, communities and religious institutions. 


Beverly Wolfer-Nerenberg, Stuart's sister, is one of the initial founders of the Institute and is currently serving as its President.  While Stuart was serving in Kuwait and Iraq, she coordinated projects with Stuart to directly support the troops.  Ms. Wolfer-Nerenberg has been involved in community service work for the past 20 years spanning a wide range of beneficiaries from children through adults, both in the United States and abroad.

Judy Federbush is currently an independent consultant.  Ms. Federbush’s professional experience spans the legal and business spheres. In addition, Ms. Federbush has held various leadership positions in many not-for-profit organizations. 

Dina Najman, is currently an educator at SAR Academy and Rosh Kehila (spiritual leader) of Kehilat Orach Eliezer (KOE), a modern-Orthodox Congregation in Manhattan.  As a bioethicist and religious counselor RK Najman teaches, speaks and writes about these most challenging issues.

John Nerenberg is the Treasurer and Secretary of MSAWI.  Mr. Nerenberg is an independent management and technology consultant.  In addition to John's professional qualifications, he is passionately committed to the Institute as a way to perpetuate his brother-in-law's legacy. 


Esther & Len Wolfer, Stuart's parents, are the co-founders, of the Institute.  They are an example of those who recognize that evil can only be overcome with good and they have committed themselves to helping others in order to make the world a better place to honor the memory of their son.

Lee Anne Wolfer, Stuart's wife, is currently completing her Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy at Boise State University, teaches Sunday school at Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel in Boise, Idaho and is raising their three daughters.  Lee was a Sergeant in the US Army where she met Stuart.

Sarah Kass, is a social entrepreneur who founded one of the first charter public high schools in the USA.  She has consulted to numerous non-profits and companies, publishes frequently on matters of public policy, and currently serves as the Director of Strategy & Evaluation for the AVI CHAI Foundation.

Sarah Richter is the Associate Principal for Judaic Studies at SAR Academy in Riverdale, NY.  In addition, Sarah is on the Educational Staff of Camp Morasha.  Sarah is respected for her creativity in teaching style and innovative large-scale special events programming that makes learning meaningful and relevant for children of all ages.