More than 100 guests came together to celebrate UJA-Federation of New York’s Scarsdale community and pay tribute to the Steinberg family of Scarsdale on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at a private home in Scarsdale.
The community was devastated by the catastrophic loss of the Steinberg family in December. Irene Steinberg was serving as a UJA Scarsdale Area Chair when she and her family — including husband, Bruce, and their three sons, Zachary, William, and Matthew — were killed in a plane crash in Costa Rica.
“As we come together to celebrate another successful year of making a difference in our community, our hearts are full. We have fed those who are hungry, supported those struggling to make ends meet, aided and comforted those who have been victimized, and spent priceless time and energy with the elderly in our community,” said event chair Vivian Sklar of Scarsdale.
“Our hearts are full, too, as we know there are those with whom we did this sacred work who are no longer with us,” she continued. “We are still reeling from the tragic passing of Irene Steinberg and her beautiful family. There are no words that can adequately communicate the loss of our friend.”
Rabbi Jonathan Blake of Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale also addressed the group. Funds raised through the event were directed toward Hillel International, an organization that was meaningful to the Steinberg family and which UJA supports. Irene Steinberg had just joined the board of the Johns Hopkins Hillel in Baltimore before her death. Tizmoret, Queens College Hillel’s professional Jewish a cappella group, served as special guests.
In addition to Sklar, Beth Altschuler, Sarah Kayle, and Ilona Pokoik, all of Scarsdale, served as event chairs.