The JCC of Syracuse’s 160th Annual Meeting and Gala will be held on Sunday, June 4th from 11 am to 2 pm at Owera Vineyards in Cazenovia, NY.  This is the JCC’s largest and most important fundraiser of the year at which they come together as a community to honor those who have been instrumental in the growth and development of the Center. This essential fundraiser raises thousands of dollars in scholarships each year allowing children to attend the JCC’s summer camp, early childhood development program, after school program and programs to mainstream children with special needs. It also allows the JCC to offer discounted fitness classes to those in need and enables it to serve over 6,000 meals to senior adults each year.

The gala will once again bring the “New York City Deli Experience” to Upstate New York with the return of Yitzy of Essen New York Deli. The mouth-watering corned beef will make its much anticipated return this year with an authentic Jewish deli brunch. The event will kick off with a cocktail hour, followed by brunch and a brief meeting and awards ceremony. New this year will be video presentations  of the honorees.

This year’s honorees represent a wide spectrum of dedication and support. The Kovod Award, which signifies honor and importance, is awarded annually to those members who have been active in events and programs in an outstanding way. The JCC will be present this year’s Kovod award to Shai Jaffe. Shai has grown instrumentally over the past few years working in the Children’s Programming department. He will be recognized for his dedication to the JCC and for his outstanding work with children from ECDP, After School and summer camp.

The Kovod Gadol Award, which in Hebrew, translates to “great honor”. This award is presented each year to honor a single individual or couple who has demonstrated, usually over a period of years, an extraordinary degree of commitment, energy and loyalty to the JCC and greater community. This year’s Kovod Gadol award will be presented to JCC Board Member and longstanding supporter, Steven Wladis. Steven has served on the JCC Board of directors for 20 years and has been the continual Annual Meeting & Gala naming sponsor.

This year’s Hall of Fame award is being presented to Board President, Steven Sisskind. Steven has served as president of the Board for ten years. This is Steven’s final year as Board President, and the JCC will honor the dedication and support he has shown during his tenure.

“We are delighted to honor another outstanding group of honorees this year,” said the JCC’s Executive Director, Marci Erlebacher. “The continued support and service that these individuals have given to the JCC, and the greater Jewish Community is truly remarkable. We look forward to honoring them all at this year’s event.”

For more information on the upcoming Annual Meeting and Gala, including tickets and sponsorship opportunities, contact Erin Hart at 315-445-2360, ext. 112, or [email protected].