Join us Sunday, May 22 from 11 am to 2 pm at Owera Vineyards in Cazenovia, the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center’s biggest and most important annual fundraiser is making its much anticipated return. The JCC’s 159th annual meeting and gala will feature an awards ceremony recognizing a wide range of outstanding service in support of the JCC and the community.

The gala’s “New York City Style Brunch” will be a dairy meal and will again be catered by Essen New York Deli of Brooklyn, following a welcoming cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres. After a brief business meeting, five awards will be presented.   “We are delighted to recognize another superb group of honorees this year,” said Marci Erlebacher, JCC executive director. “The amazing service and support that these individuals have given to the JCC and to the local Jewish community is truly remarkable.”

The gala’s proceeds provide significant funding for scholarships for the JCC’s early childhood, after school, summer camp and senior programs. Thanks to last year’s gala, the JCC granted over $40,000 in scholarship requests, served over 6,000 meals to seniors and offered fitness classes at a discount to those in need.

Affordable corporate and individual sponsorships are available, as well as program booklet advertiser spots, with an April 29th deadline. For tickets, event sponsorships, advertising or to place a congratulatory message in the program for any of this year’s honorees, contact Erin Hart at 315-445-2360, ext. 112, or [email protected].

Tickets for the event start at $150. There will be three different levels. $150 (Friend), $175 (Patron), $200 (Supporter). Those that opt to become a table host will have an ad included in the ad book. The deadline to register is May 9th.


Judith Stander
Judith Stander

The Kovod Award,

which signifies honor and importance, will be presented posthumously to Judith Stander.

In addition to the Federation and the JCC, Judith Stander worked for Syracuse University’s Center for Business Information Technologies. She supported the Jewish community through her work on the annual Yom Hashoah commemoration, Yom HaAtzmaut celebration and Jewish Music and Cultural Festival. She served as vice president and secretary of the board of Temple Concord and vice chair and member of the board of education. She volunteered as a vocational counselor and sang with the Knesseth Shalom Singers. Additionally, she was a member of the Cortland County Youth Commission, Cortland Chamber of Commerce board, Village of Manlius Zoning Board of Appeals and WCNY TelAuc volunteer coordinator. Judith passed away on November 4, 2020.


The Kovod Gadol Award,

Jeffrey Scheer (left) and Abby Kasowitz Scheer (right)
Jeffrey Scheer (left) and Abby Kasowitz Scheer (right)

is the JCC’s highest honor, which in Hebrew translates to great honor. This award will be presented to Jeffrey Scheer and Abby Kasowitz Scheer.

Abby Kasowitz Scheer grew up in Central New York. She received her bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and master’s degrees in library science and instructional design, development and evaluation from Syracuse University. Abby has been a librarian at Syracuse University for over twenty years. She served as board President of the Syracuse Hebrew Day School. She is currently on the board of the Epstein School of Jewish Studies and served on the board of the JCC. Abby was a board member and president of Syracuse University’s chapter of Beta Phi Mu (International Library and Information Studies Honor Society) and is an active member of the American Library Association. She coordinates a support group for children with inflammatory bowel disease and their parents through Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Jeffrey Scheer, originally from Buffalo, is a partner at Bond, Schoeneck and King. He received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Rochester and graduated with his juris doctorate from SUNY Buffalo School of Law. Jeffrey served on, and later chaired, the Board of Directors of Hillel at Syracuse University. Since then, Jeffrey has served on the boards of Syracuse Jewish Family Service, Jewish Federation of CNY, Menorah Park, Jewish Community Foundation of CNY, Public Broadcasting Council of CNY – WCNY, Camp Ramah in New England and the Green Family Foundation. At the Jewish Community Foundation, Jeffrey works with the young adults in the Teen Funders Program. In 2016, Jeffrey received the Not-For-Profit Award from the CNY Business Journal for his work with WCNY.

The Scheers were members of the Jewish Federation’s Young Leadership Class in the late 1990s. They are the proud parents of Sophie, Rachel and Rose, who all attended the Syracuse Hebrew Day School. 


The Hall of Fame Awards,

Steven Goldberg (left) and Sondra Goldberg (right)
Steven Goldberg (left) and Sondra Goldberg (right)

will be presented this year to two couples who have given so much to the community: Steven and Sondra Goldberg and Barry and Debrah Shulman.

Steven and Sondra Goldberg have a rich history as friends and advocates of the Jewish Community Center. “We believe the JCC promotes a culture of equality and trust. The JCC is near and dear to our hearts because of the strong Jewish foundation it has fostered both inside and outside our home” said Sondra.

Steven is a past Vice President of the JCC Board of Directors and an active leader of the yearly JCC Super Bowl Fundraiser. He is a former board member of The Make-A-Wish Foundation and the National Home Furnishing Association. He is a City of Hope Spirit of Life Award recipient and Greater New York Home Furnishing Association (GNYHFA) Jerry Gans Memorial Award recipient. Both Steven and Sondra served as Honorary Chairs of the Vera House “New Beginnings” Gala. Sondra was a former Vera House Foundation Board of Trustee member, serving as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. She initiated the Foundation of Hope Campaign, raising endowments from 1.5 million to 3 million for agency programming and support services. Sondra received the distinction of being presented the Outstanding Philanthropist Award from The Association of Fundraising Professionals of CNY for her philanthropic and unwavering commitment in the community. Formerly of the Syracuse Hebrew Day School Board of Directors, she presently affiliates with Temple Adath Sisterhood, National Council of Jewish Women and is a proud Lion of Judah. 

Steven is Executive Vice Chairman of the locally based furniture company Raymour & Flanigan. Sondra is the owner and sole proprietor of Home Styling Solutions. Her passion for enhancing special features within one’s living environment has given her the privilege of fulfilling young children’s dreams through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The couple are Major Gift contributors to the Jewish Federation of CNY’s Annual Campaign.

They raised their daughters, Dana, Rebecca and Kara in Fayetteville. All three are proud graduates of the Syracuse Hebrew Day School. Their expanded family includes two wonderful sons-in-law and grandchildren Sophia, Devon, Charlie and Noa. 


Debbie Shulman (left) and Barry Shulman (right)
Debbie Shulman (left) and Barry Shulman (right)

Barry Shulman is a graduate of both the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Cornell Law School and a partner in the Mackenzie Hughes Law Firm, representing governmental and major business clients. Recognizing his passion for both mentoring and tap, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney named May 25, 2017 as “Barry M. Shulman Day”. Shulman’s time and talents have been shared throughout the community as Chair of WCNY’s Tel Auc, President of Temple Adath Yeshurun, Director of the Onondaga County Bar Association, Counsel to the Jewish Home of CNY, Campaign Chair of the Syracuse Jewish Federation, Chair of the United Way’s Lawyers’ Fund, and Board Member of both the Syracuse Hebrew Day School and Hiscock Legal Aid Society. As Counsel to State Senator John H. Hughes and the NYS Senate Judiciary Committee, Barry wrote many laws and changed the CNY landscape with the creation of the CNY Regional Transportation Authority and its many CENTRO subsidiary corporations.  

Debbie Shulman is a former chapter president, state program chair, and national board member of Women’s American ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation through Training). She was appointed by four NY Governors to the Board of Visitors of Hutchings Psychiatric Center. As a school psychologist and alcohol and drug abuse prevention education counselor, she originated several programs, garnering state and national recognition. The best known program, The Drug Quiz Show, taught 10 to 14-year-olds about substance abuse, bullying, conflict resolution, gambling, and grief. She received the U.S. Department of Human Services’ highest honor, the Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Community Health Promotions. Debbie was named a Daily Points of Light honoree in the national volunteer recognition program created by President George W. Bush.

They are the proud parents and grandparents of Marc-David z”l, Jenifer, and Zac Shulman, Jennifer Shulman, and Allison, Larry, Cecilia and Evan Schwartz.


This year’s Leslie Award,

Davia Moss
Davia Moss

will be presented to Davia Moss, JCC board member. “The Leslie” recognizes outstanding commitment and service to the JCC and the local community—the qualities which the award’s namesake, Leslie London Neulander, personified through her many volunteer pursuits.

Davia Moss graduated from Syracuse University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in psychology. She worked as an EMT while attending Crouse College of Nursing and went on to become a Pediatric ICU/Emergency Department nurse for five years before ultimately completing her nurse practitioner master’s degree.  She is now the adolescent nurse practitioner at Upstate University Hospital and an adjunct faculty member for both St. John Fisher College and Le Moyne College. Davia is a JCC Board Member. She is co-chair of the ECDP parent committee, serving on the JCC executive committee and gala committee. She and her family are members of Temple Adath Yeshurun. Davia and her husband Patrick live in Syracuse with their children, Eliana, Cason and Asher.