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 will take place on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 @ 7:30pm at Temple Israel Center of White Plains.

Click here to view photos from the 2018 Awards ceremony.


The 2018 DSA honorees were:

Ron Burton, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
Bobbi Baker, Bet Am Shalom Synagogue
Mark Silver, Beth El Synagogue of New Rochelle
Stephen and Joan Kass, Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester
Fred Shulman, Congregation Sons of Israel Briarcliff
Steven Chill, Congregation Sulam Yaakov
Mark Stern, First Hebrew Congregation
Deborah S.K. Jagoda, Greenburgh Hebrew Center
Robert Fischer, Hebrew Congregation of Somers
Jonathan Franklin, Hillels of Westchester
Edward Sperling, Pleasantville Community Synagogue
Adar Gurvitch, Solomon Schechter School of Westchester
David Shatz, StandWithUs
Evelyn Cohen, Temple Beth Elohim
Joel Greenberg, Temple Beth Shalom
Richard Leroy, Temple Shaaray Tefila of Westchester
Mindy Unger, Tzahal Shalom of Norther Westchester
Marc Klee, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism – METNY 
Sarra Lorbert, Westchester Day School 




Click here to view the list of 2017 honorees.
Click here to view photos


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