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JCC of Syracuse announces 2018 Annual Meeting and award recipients

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Friends and supporters of the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse will soon gather to celebrate an impressive showing of community service and selfless giving at this year’s 155th JCC Annual Meeting and Gala presented by naming sponsor The Wladis Companies. The event will be held on Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 11 am to 2 pm at Owera Vineyards in Cazenovia.

A total of 11 awards will be presented at this year’s event in recognition of outstanding service given to the JCC and to the local community. The theme will be a “Lower East Side Experience.”

The gala is the JCC’s biggest and most important annual fundraiser. It’s a celebration unlike any other in the Central New York Jewish community in which friends and families come together to benefit the JCC of Syracuse and to pay tribute to those who have acted so selflessly. A cocktail hour will kick off the event and give way to a fun deli brunch. A brief business meeting will follow, which will then lead into the community service awards ceremony. As in previous years, the gala’s proceeds will provide significant funding for scholarships to individuals in the JCC’s early childhood, after school, summer camp and senior programs.

This year’s honorees represent a wide spectrum of dedication and support. The Kovod Award, which signifies honor and importance, will be presented to longtime JCC volunteer Donna Lipton and to JCC board member and former gala chairperson Lynne Pascale.

A total of six Kovod Gadol Awards will be presented this year. The award, which translates to highest honor or great honor in Hebrew, will be presented to those who were instrumental in helping to keep the JCC safe both during and after last year’s bomb threats. This year’s recipients are Susan DeMari, security liaison for local Jewish organizations; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; New York State Police; Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office; Town of DeWitt Police Department; and Centro.

Two individuals who have made their mark through service to the entire Jewish community will be inducted into the JCC Hall of Fame this year. They are Shelly Kruth, managing partner with D’Arcangelo & Co., and Marilyn Pinsky, former commissioner of Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth.

This year’s Leslie Award, the third to be given since being introduced in 2016, will be presented to Carolyn Weinberg, coordinator of PJ Library in CNY, a JCC of Syracuse program. “The Leslie” recognizes outstanding commitment and service to the JCC and to the local community—the qualities which the award’s namesake, Leslie London Neulander, personified throughout her many selfless volunteer pursuits.

“We are delighted to recognize another wonderful group of honorees this year,” said the JCC’s Marci Erlebacher, executive director. “The amazing service and support that these individuals and organizations have given to the JCC and to the local Jewish community is truly remarkable.”

The JCC’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Gala committee members are Shira Boschan, Linda Drimer, Debbie Goldwein, Paula King, Andrea Knoller, Jessica Malzman, Lynne Pascale, Sue Sloane, Robin Sisskind and Steven Sisskind.

For more information about the JCC of Syracuse’s 2018 gala, including event tickets and sponsorship opportunities, call Erin at 315-445-2360 or email