May 2018 -- Iyar-Sivan 5778,  Volume 24, Issue 5

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Westchester Jewish Council Holds 23rd Annual Julian Y. Bernstein Distinguished Service Awards

The Westchester Jewish Council  will recognize  nineteen outstanding community volunteers at the  2018 Julian Y. Bernstein Distinguished Service Awards (JYBDSA) Ceremony on Thursday, March 8, 2018,   at Temple Israel Center of White Plains, 280 Mamaroneck Road, White Plains.


“This evening is an opportunity for the Westchester Jewish Council, the connecting body for 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 Lisa Roberts, President of the Westchester Jewish Council.

The 2018 recipients and their nominating organizations are:


  • New Rochelle resident, Ron Burton, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
  • White Plains resident, Bobbi Baker, Bet Am Shalom Synagogue
  • New Rochelle resident Mark Silver, Beth El Synagogue of New Rochelle
  • White Plains residents Stephen and Joan Kass, Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester
  • Briarcliff Manor resident Fred Shulman, Congregation Sons of Israel Briarcliff
  • Harrison resident Steven Chill, Congregation Sulam Yaakov
  • Cortlandt Manor resident Mark Stern, First Hebrew Congregation
  • Scarsdale resident Deborah S.K. Jagoda, Greenburgh Hebrew Center
  • Yorktown Heights resident Robert Fischer, Hebrew Congregation of Somers
  • Rye resident Jonathan Franklin, Hillels of Westchester
  • Mount Kisco resident Edward Sperling, Pleasantville Community Synagogue
  • Scarsdale resident Adar Gurvitch, Solomon Schechter School of Westchester
  • Scarsdale resident David Shatz, StandWithUs
  • Brewster resident Evelyn Cohen, Temple Beth Elohim
  • Mahopac resident Joel Greenberg, Temple Beth Shalom
  • Briarcliff resident Richard Leroy, Temple Shaaray Tefila of Westchester
  • Mount Kisco resident Mindy Unger, Tzahal Shalom of Norther Westchester
  • New Rochelle resident Marc Klee, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism – METNY
  • New Rochelle resident Sarra Lorbert, Westchester Day School


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


The Westchester Jewish Council connects Westchester’s Jewish communities strengthens relationships among Jewish organizations and other ethnic and faith-based groups, elected officials, Israel and the community at large. For more information, visit