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Westchester Jewish Council Honors Volunteers

The Westchester Jewish Council will recognize 20 local residents for their community service during its annual Julian Bernstein Distinguished Service Awards Ceremony.
The Westchester Jewish Council will recognize 20 local residents for their community service during its annual Julian Bernstein Distinguished Service Awards Ceremony. Photo Credit: Westchester Jewish Council

The Westchester Jewish Council will recognize 20 outstanding community volunteers during the 2016 Julian Y. Bernstein Distinguished Service Awards Ceremony in March at the JCC of Harrison.

The 2016 recipients and their nominating organizations are New York City resident Joan Muss, Alexander Muss High School; Larchmont resident Joan Rosen, Bet Am Shalom Synagogue; New Rochelle resident Donna Bartell, Beth El Synagogue Center; White Plains resident Gary Katz, Community Alliance for Jewish-Affiliated Cemeteries; Cortlandt Manor resident Daniela Rosen, First Hebrew Congregation; Irvington resident Sherry Padva, Greenburgh Hebrew Center; Ardsley resident Deborah Wiskind, Hadassah Westchester; Brewster resident Amy Post, Hebrew Congregation of Somers; Scarsdale resident Stephanie Kirwin, JCC Mid-Westchester; Larchmont resident Ed Jacobson, Larchmont Temple; Bronx resident Yvette Connell, Metropolitan Jewish Health System – Hospice; Mount Kisco resident Sol Gibbons, Mount Kisco Hebrew Congregation; Rye Brook resident Eugene Konigsbach, Northeast Jewish Center; Pleasantville resident Vivian Chang Frieheit, Pleasantville Community Synagogue; Mount Vernon resident Elizabeth Shapiro, Rabbi Max Maccoby Foundation; Scarsdale resident Karen Chapro, Scarsdale Synagogue; White Plains resident Ross Zelman, Solomon Schechter School of Westchester; Rye resident Andrew Kligerman, StandWithUS; Katonah resident Hana Epstein, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism/USY; Bronxville resident Arnold Linhardt, Westchester Jewish Council, and White Plains resident Jerry Adler, Young Israel of White Plains.

In addition, a special tribute will be made to Larchmont resident Robert A. Cohen, outgoing president of AIPAC, for his years of service to the Jewish community.

The Julian Y. Bernstein Distinguished Service Award is named after Julian Y. Bernstein, a former Westchester Jewish Council board member, who was a visionary communal leader.

“This evening is an opportunity for the Westchester Jewish Council, the connecting body for over 160 Jewish organizations across Westchester, to honor a very special group of individuals who make their own communities stronger through their volunteerism and dedication," said Paul Warhit, president of the Westchester Jewish Council.

For more information, please contact Donna Bartell at donna@wjcouncil.org or (914) 328-7001.

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