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 (DSA). 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 Julian Y. Bernstein Distinguished Service Awards Ceremony took place on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 @ 7:30pm at Temple Israel Center of White Plains.

Click here to view photos from the 2019 Awards ceremony.


The 2019 DSA honorees are:

Beverly Rosenbaum - AJC Westchester/Fairfield

Anthony Pisciotta - Community Alliance for Jewish-Affiliated Cemeteries

Pamela Millian - Congregation Kol Ami

Joan Taback Frankle - DOROT

Rachel Freedman - Hadassah-Westchester

Judy Grant - Hebrew Institute of White Plains

Gary Joseph - Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center

Tara Slone-Goldstein - Jewish Education Project

Mark Oster - Larchmont Temple

Eileen Schnitzler - Lincoln Park Jewish Center

Howard Blitman - Reconstructing Judaism

Donna Vitale Ruskin - Scarsdale Synagogue-Temples-Tremont and Emanu-El

Lisa Cohen - Shames Jewish Community Center

Joel Iskowitz - Temple Beth Am

Judith Grand - Temple Israel Center of White Plains

David Itzkowitz - Temple Israel of New Rochelle

Warren Newcorn - UJA-Federation of NY/Westchester Region

Pearl Quarles - United Hebrew of New Rochelle

David Eppinger - Westchester Jewish Council

Michael Muss - Young Israel of Scarsdale

Leo Goldstein - Young Israel of White Plains




Click here to view the list of 2018 honorees.
Click here to view photos


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