Julian Y. Bernstein Distinguished Service Awards

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Every spring, the Westchester Jewish Council honors deserving member organizations and their leaders with the Julian Y. Bernstein Distinguished Service Award. Julian Y. Bernstein was a former Westchester Jewish Council board member, who was a visionary communal leader. Julian believed that doing tzedakah was just as important as giving tzedakah. In tribute to his passion and devotion to the Jewish community, we honor those who follow in his footsteps. Member organizations are invited to nominate an honoree from within their organization whose dedication and leadership has enriched our Westchester community. 

This year's event will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 7:30pm at Temple Israel Center, White Plains. Free and open to all.  Kosher dairy dessert follows. RSVP requested.
Click here to view the list of 2017 honorees. 

Last  year's event was held on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 7:30pm at JCC of Harrison.  In addition to honoring the 20 individuals pictured below, a special memorial tribute was made to Noah Rockowitz z"l, Westchester Jewish Council board member, officer and executive committee member, and special recognition was given to Robert A. Cohen, outgoing National  President of AIPAC.  The Teen Choir of Temple Sholom of Greenwich performed and a dessert reception followed the program.  Click here to view more photos



Front row: Vivian Chang-FreiheitPleasantville Community Synagogue; Joan Muss, Alexander Muss High School; Sol GibbonsMount Kisco Hebrew Congregation; Joan Rosen, Bet Am Shalom Synagogue; Eugene KonigsbachNortheast Jewish Center; Elizabeth SpiroRabbi Max Maccoby Foundation       

Middle row: Elliot Forchheimer, Executive Director, Westchester Jewish Council, Jerry Adler, Young Israel of White Plains; Ed Jacobson, Larchmont Temple; Karen Chapro, Scarsdale Synagogue; Sherry Padva, Greenburgh Hebrew Center; Deborah Wiskind, Hadassah WestchesterHana Epstein, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism/USY; Stephanie Kirwan, JCC of Mid-Westchester; Donna Bartell, Beth El Synagogue Center

Top row:  Ross Zelman, Solomon Schechter School of Westchester; Gary Katz, The Community Alliance for Jewish Affiliated Cemeteries; Daniela Rosen,First Hebrew Congregation; Andrew Kligerman, StandWithUs; Arnold Linhardt, Westchester Jewish Council; Amy Post, Hebrew Congregation of Somers; Paul Warhit           

For a history of past Julian Y. Bernstein Award Recipients please click here.



2015 DSA Honorees

Photos from the 2015 Distinguished Service Awards can be viewed here.