Five hundred guests joined UJA-Federation of New York for a performance by The Beach Boys at the historic Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. The event, which took place on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, honored longtime leaders Martine and Stanley Fleishman of Harrison and the Kirsh Family siblings, Linda Mirels, Wendy Fisher, and Philip Kirsh of New York City.
Proceeds from this event, Westchester Celebration 2019: Surfing UJA, benefitted UJA- Federation, which cares for Jews everywhere and New Yorkers of all backgrounds, responds to crises close to home and far away and shapes the Jewish future
The evening began with an elaborate buffet and cocktails in the historic venue. Guests then found their seats in the theater, where a program introduced them to the work of UJA-Federation. Cindy Golub, Westchester Regional Chair and Eric S. Goldstein, UJA-Federation’s CEO welcomed the community, and, Jeff Schoenfeld, UJA’s President, introduced the evening’s honorees.
“It’s a special privilege for me to pay tribute to our honorees tonight, who through their leadership and commitment, to causes near and far from home, have changed so many lives in powerful ways,” Schoenfeld said. “Yes, they have given generously, but they have also given their time, their talents, and their leadership over so many years to support UJA directly, and so many aspects of our mission – education, the arts, Jewish community, social justice, Israel and so much more.”
Martine Fleishman and Linda Mirels accepted the honor on behalf of their spouse and siblings, respectively, thanking the guests for their support of an organization they care about deeply.
“From Jerusalem to Westchester, UJA’s mission remains the same. We touch every aspect of the Jewish journey from cradle to grave, building strong communities at every stage,” said Martine Fleishman.
“We are not just part of UJA, UJA is part of us. We have walked the walk and learned from the ground up,” Mirels said. “From volunteering in the field with our children by our sides, to pouring over grant applications late into the night, there isn’t a part of UJA we haven’t been privileged to engage with and we aren’t done yet!!!”
The Beach Boys took the stage at 8:45 p.m., when they brought the crowd to its feet. After the concert, guests enjoyed dessert and drinks at an after-party.
Lois Kohn-Claar and Gary Claar of Scarsdale, Alisa and Dan Doctoroff of New York City, Judy and Jack Stern of Rye and Susie and Jeff Stern of New York City (formerly of Scarsdale) served as event chairs.