The historic Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, was the venue for the Beach Boys concert benefiting UJA-Federation of New York. More than 500 guests joined the “Westchester Celebration 2019: Surfing UJA,” with proceeds going towards helping Jews everywhere and New Yorkers of all backgrounds, as UJA responds to crises close to home and far away and, with its caring and concern, shapes our Jewish future. The community honored Martine and Stanley Fleishman of Harrison and Linda Mirels, Wendy Fisher and Philip Kirsh of New York City.
Jeff Schoenfeld, UJA 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. 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, Israel and so much more.”
Martine Fleishman and Linda Mirels accepted the honor on behalf of their spouse and siblings, respectively, thanking 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 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 performed with spirit and enthusiasm to a receptive, welcoming crowd. Lisa Itzkowitz, assistant director, marketing & communications, Westchester UJA-Federation of New York reported, “They literally brought the crowd to their feet, dancing in front of the stage. By the end, the honorees were dancing on the stage!”
By Yvette Finkelstein