March 2017 -- Adar-Nisan 5777,  Volume 23, Issue 3

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22nd Annual Julian Y. Bernstein Distinguished Service Awards Ceremony

At 7:30pm, Westchester Jewish Council will recognize nineteen outstanding community volunteers at the  2017 Julian Y. Bernstein Distinguished Service Awards (JYBDSA) Ceremony on Wednesday, March 15, 2017,  at Temple Israel Center of White Plains, 280 Mamaroneck Road, White Plains.


The 2017 recipients and their nominating organizations are: Scarsdale resident, Robin Samot, AIPAC; Chappaqua resident, Judy Grant, American Friends of Soroka; Harrison resident Emma Abramson, BBYO Westchester Region; Chappaqua resident Joanna Segal, Bet Torah; Armonk resident Charles Shapiro, Congregation B’nai Yisrael; White Plains resident Deborah Weinberger,Hebrew Institute of White Plains; Armonk resident Betty Knoop, Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center; Mt. Kisco resident  Alexandra Rosenberg, JCCA; Yonkers resident Chuck Lesnick, JCY-Westchester Community Partners; Scarsdale resident Carla Ifrah, Jewish Community Center of Harrison; Bronx resident Ruth Loebmann, Metropolitan Jewish Health System (MJHS); Mamaroneck resident Carla Fiorentino, The New Jewish Home – Sarah Neuman; Stamford, CT resident Tania Weiss, Sinai Free Synagogue; Hartsdale resident Gayle Aaron, Temple Beth Abraham; White Plains resident Sandra Costin, Temple Israel Center of White Plains; New Rochelle resident Sari Bedevian, Temple Israel of New Rochelle; Scarsdale resident Shirley Shwiel, Westchester Jewish Community Services; White Plains resident Mona Abramson, Westchester Jewish Council; and Dobbs Ferry resident Jerald Seti, Westchester Klezmer Program.

In addition, a special presentation will be made to Eric Goldstein, Chief Executive Officer, UJA-Federation of New York in recognition of UJA-Federation of New York’s Centennial Anniversary.


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.


“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 Paul Warhit, President of the Westchester Jewish Council.


The evening will include a kosher dairy dessert reception. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP requested at For more information, contact Donna Bartell at or (914) 328-7001.