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315-445-2360 | www.jccsyr.org The dawn of a new year By Rabbi Evan Shore 18 th ANNUAL Jewish Federation of CNY Jewish MUSIC & CULTURAL FESTIVAL SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 Noon-5:30 pm Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse • AN AFTERNOON OF FOOD, FUN AND GREAT JEWISH MUSIC! • CORNED BEEF • BRISKET • KNISHES KUGEL • WINE • BEER • AND MORE! By The Oaks Catering – Under the Vaad • JEWELRY & CRAFTS VENDORS • CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES Imagine what it was like flying a plane before radar was in use. It was an amazing feat when the plane arrived at its correct destination. Today, many cannot imagine traveling without Waze, Google Maps or the good old GPS. For thousands of years the Jews have utilized radar. This radar does not need power to work nor it cannot be affected by an EMP pulse. The name of this radar has a very simple and non scientific name: Shofar. The shofar is more than a ram’s horn. It is a beacon that emits its message to Jews throughout the world. Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon (Rambam) described the shofar as a type of alarm. The job of the shofar is to awaken us to the reality of the dawn of a new year. Last year at this time, we made plans, resolved to change bad habits, attempted to better our relationships with others, and tried to be kinder and more sensitive. We may have succeeded or have failed miserably. Either way, the shofar is calling each and everyone one of us. Regardless of our previous year’s actions, there is always room for improvement. The word shofar means to sharpen. Our job for the new year is to sharpen our action, clarify our commitments and be the best person we can possibly be. Let us all make use of this spiritual radar, it is calling to us. Let us all reach our destination for the coming year; to be written and sealed in the Books of Life, health, peace and happiness for the year 5778! www.syracusejewishfestival.org 10 JCC of Syracuse | 2017 Fall Program Guide
JCC Gala • Continued from page 8 chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; as well as president of the Upstate Medical University’s medical staff. Ellen currently is the chief clerk of the Onondaga County Surrogate’s Court and vice president of the NYS Association of Chief Clerks of Surrogate’s Courts. Howard currently serves as president of the Syracuse Community Hebrew School and is on the board of Advocates, Inc. Ellen is currently vice president and Allocation Committee co-chair for the Jewish Federation of CNY, and is on the boards of Advocates, Inc., Menorah Park, Menorah Park Foundation, Syracuse Jewish Family Service and Syracuse Hebrew Day School. The Weinsteins have four children: Jessica and Gregg Rosh, Josh and Caroline Weinstein, Danielle, and Lisa; and seven grandchildren: Jamie, Sydney, Carly, Max, Ava, Tessa, and Evan. Jessica is a past JCC Kovod Gadol Award recipient. The Hall of Fame Awards were then presented to Linda Alexander and posthumously to Phil Holstein. This award recognizes and celebrates individuals who have dedicated themselves to the Syracuse Jewish community and to the advancement of the JCC. Linda Alexander is president/CEO of the Jewish Federation of Central New York and current and founding executive director of the Jewish Community Foundation of CNY. She recently announced that she’ll be retiring in the fall and moving out of the area to be closer to family. Alexander is a leadership pioneer for local women, having served as president of Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas and the Federation’s chairwoman of its Annual Campaign. She also received the Community Endowment Excellence Award, given by United Jewish Communities. Alexander has three children and five grandchildren, who all From left, Hall of Fame Award honoree Linda Alexander, JCC Executive Director Marci Erlebacher and JCC Board President Steven Sisskind. live on the West Coast. Phil Holstein, who passed away last fall, was an incredibly selfless individual. A former Jewish Federation of Central New York board president, he was a true philanthropist, community and business leader, and outdoorsman. Holstein is survived by his wife, Alyse, and children Erin and Greg. Holstein had the incredible gift of being able to bring together diverse parts of the community and approach sensitive issues with kindness and fairness. “In addition to caring about every aspect of the Jewish Community, Phil cared about the whole community,” said Alyse Holstein. He was a compassionate peacemaker, always wanting everyone to be included and feel engaged.” Alex and Charlotte “Chuckie” Holstein had a tremendous influence on their son, Phil. Both Alex and Chuckie have been a positive force in Central New York. They have generously given of their time and talents for many years, for which they were recognized by receiving the JCC’s Hall of Fame Award in 2014. “Phil had very strong Jewish roots and just loved bringing people together,” said Chuckie Holstein. “He was a very honorable and ethical person. He had tremendous integrity and was an extremely positive person. He always looked on the bright side and knew that there were two sides to every story.” This year’s Leslie Award, the second to be given since being introduced last year, was presented to attorney Todd J. Pinsky, 315-445-2360 | www.jccsyr.org One of this year’s Hall of Fame Award honorees, Phil Holstein, was recognized posthumously. Accepting the award on Phil’s behalf was his family. Pictured, starting second from left, is Phil’s wife Alyse and children Erin and Greg, flanked by the JCC’s Executive Director Marci Erlebacher and Board President Steven Sisskind. president and managing partner of the law firm Pinsky & Skandalis, P.C., which was founded by his grandfather, Norman Pinsky, in 1935. “The Leslie” recognizes outstanding commitment and service to the JCC and to the local community—the qualities which the award’s namesake, Leslie London Neulander, personified throughout her many selfless volunteer pursuits. Pinsky dedicates his time to several local Jewish organizations which serve children and seniors and help strengthen our community’s strong culture and traditions. He is a board member with the Jewish Federation of CNY, where he is on the community relations committee in addition to serving as the security liaison between the Federation and the JCC of Syracuse. Pinsky is also on the boards of Menorah Park, Syracuse Jewish Cemeteries Association and Temple Concord. He and his wife Sarah reside in Manlius with their two young children, Charlotte and Nathan. The JCC’s Annual Meeting & Gala is the center’s largest and most important annual fundraiser. Event proceeds, as in years past, will provide significant funding for scholarships to individuals in the JCC’s early childhood, after school, summer camp and senior programs. In memory of Steven Alexander. Photos by Jerry Klineberg May the family be comforted at this time with all other mourners in Zion and Jerusalem. JCC of Syracuse | 2017 Fall Program Guide 11