This release was submitted to Patch by the JCC of the Greater Five Towns.
Each year the honors outstanding leaders for their contributions to the JCC and enriching community life throughout the Five Towns. The JCC is pleased to announce this year’s honorees will be recognized at the organization’s 10th Annual Fundraising Dinner which will take place on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the in Cedarhurst.
The JCC’s People of the Year Award will be given to Sarah and Arnold “Arnie” Waldman of Woodmere. Arnie is the executive vice president of the JCC and Sarah is a former head teacher the JCC’s highly acclaimed in Lawrence. The Waldman’s are active members of where Sarah is a member of the sisterhood and co-chairs Purim nursing home project and Arnie has served as a vice president and chairman of the board. They are both dedicated supporters of UJA-Federation of NY and serve on the South Shore Executive Committee for UJA Long Island.
North Woodmere residents Judy and Charles Kandler are this year’s recipients of the Harrison-Kerr Community Achievement Award. Charles, the son of Holocaust survivors, was brought up with a strong Jewish background and a commitment to helping those less fortunate. Parents of three grown children, Judy and Charles have led by example, instilling the virtue of charity in their children by actively supporting the JCC, , UJA, Shaare Zedek in Jerusalem and numerous other organizations and causes of importance to them.
The New Leadership Award, recognizing the next generation of community leaders, is being given to Samara and Michael Papilsky of Woodsburgh. Michael is a new member of the JCC’s Board of Directors and he and Samara have actively supported the JCC’s Kosher Food Pantry, a vital community resource in helping those who may be struggling to find enough to eat. The Papilsky’s are also ardent proponents of the need to build a full-service JCC in the Five Towns.
The JCC Spirit Award will be bestowed upon Woodmere resident Arlene Zeiler, a JCC volunteer, former teacher and administrator in the Lawrence School District and counselor at the Peninsula Counseling Center. Arlene is an “eternal optimist” whose kind nature always brings out the best in people, qualities that have earned her the love and respect of so many people in and around the Five Towns.
Tickets for the JCC’s Tenth Annual Fundraising Dinner are $250.00 per person and can be purchased by calling the JCC at 516-569-6733. Dietary laws will be observed and business attire is required. Proceeds from the event will help the JCC to continue and expand its work in meeting the needs of a diverse community through the myriad of educational, enrichment and social services programs offered to Five Town residents of all ages.