The Jewish Federation held its annual Men's Philanthropy event Above & Beyond at a private classic car museum, honoring eleven men from our community. It was a celebration of the contribution of men to the 2016/5776 Annual Community Campaign, and the agencies, programs and synagogues the Campaign supports. Truly an inspiring evening amongst men from all areas of our Jewish community.
We were proud to honor the eleven men, who change our community, our world and are a force to be reckoned with every day. Their devotion, volunteer hours, expertise, enthusiasm, innovation, and yes, going above & beyond is what led these honorees to be nominated by their respective organizations.
Our first honoree, nominated by the Alpert Jewish Community Center, is Immediate Past President, Michael Rosen. Michael and his wife Deborah have been active community volunteers for over 20 years. As a member of the Executive Board of the AJCC, Michael helped guide the organization through transitional moments with new Executive Directors and expanding programs.
Next nominee is from Hillel, always behind the scenes, crunching numbers as Treasurer for Hillel since 1999 – Neil Wasserman. Neil has continued to volunteer for Hillel over these many years because of the impact the organization had on him as a student.
From the Jewish Community Foundation, Art Miller for over 60 years has served in top leadership positions in the Jewish and general communities. Too many to name! He is a past President of both the Foundation and the Jewish Federation.
From Jewish Family & Children’s Service, another Immediate Past President, the always dependable Rob Feldman. Rob is committed to giving back to others and has long been active in local schools, fundraisers and charitable organizations.
Jewish Federation - always cheerful Craig Kain. Craig has served in various positions on the Federation Board for almost 9 years. He currently chairs the Annual Community Campaign raising nearly $1.5 million a year. He previously chaired the Community Relations Committee and oversaw Big Sunday, a community wide mitzvah day.
Shul by the Shore – David Cymberg, born to Holocaust survivors, is a strong supporter and active participant in services at Shul by the Shore. David is proud to live his life Jewishly.
Temple Beth David – Jeff LeBoff, has been an active member of the Brotherhood for the past 20 year. He has held many positions, including President. Jeff helped form the Couples Club and a Men’s Discussion Group.
Temple Beth Ohr – David Yungman, was editor of its synagogue newsletter for 10 years. He has served on the Temple Board for over 13 years, and has been Brotherhood President for the past few terms.
Temple Beth Shalom – a maker of the Minyan, Stuart Simon. Stuart supports the Temple in many events and he also lends his legal expertise. He and his family have been Temple members since 2008.
Temple Israel – Bill Shafton. Bill was an active member of the Temples recent Capital Campaign committee and Chaired the search for its first ordained full-time Cantor. He also shares his love of sacred music as one of the Temple’s soloists.
And lastly from the Hebrew Academy – always stepping up Yosi Cohen. He has regularly played a valuable role in unselfishly extending his hand and his heart to the wellbeing of people in need and the Academy.
This is how we create such a great community. Men rising up to the occasion and providing support, money and time. Giving of themselves over and over again. We are truly blessed to have such men in our community.