Sunday, March 25, 2018

(Courtesy of WJC) The Westchester Jewish Council will recognize 19 outstanding community volunteers at the 2018 Julian Y. Bernstein Distinguished Service Awards (JYBDSA) ceremony on Thursday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Israel Center of White Plains, 280 Mamaroneck Road, White Plains.

The 2018 recipients and their nominating organizations are:

New Rochelle resident Sarra Lorbert, Westchester Day School

New Rochelle resident Ron Burton, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)

White Plains resident Bobbi Baker, Bet Am Shalom Synagogue

New Rochelle resident Mark Silver, Beth El Synagogue of New Rochelle

White Plains residents Stephen and Joan Kass, Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester

Briarcliff Manor resident Fred Shulman, Congregation Sons of Israel Briarcliff

Harrison resident Steven Chill, Congregation Sulam Yaakov

Cortlandt Manor resident Mark Stern, First Hebrew Congregation

Scarsdale resident Deborah S.K. Jagoda, Greenburgh Hebrew Center

Yorktown Heights resident  Robert Fischer, Hebrew Congregation of Somers

Rye resident Jonathan Franklin, Hillels of Westchester

Mount Kisco resident Edward Sperling, Pleasantville Community Synagogue

Scarsdale resident Adar Gurvitch, Solomon Schechter School of Westchester

Scarsdale resident David Shatz, StandWithUs

Brewster resident Evelyn Cohen, Temple Beth Elohim

Mahopac resident Joel Greenberg, Temple Beth Shalom

Briarcliff resident Richard Leroy, Temple Shaaray Tefila of Westchester

Mount Kisco resident Mindy Unger, Tzahal Shalom of Northern Westchester

New Rochelle resident Marc Klee, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism – METNY

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 Lisa Roberts, 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, please contact Donna Bartell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (914) 328-7001.

The Westchester Jewish Council connects Westchester’s Jewish communities and strengthens relationships among Jewish organizations and other ethnic and faith-based groups, elected officials, Israel and the community at large. For more information, visit



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