An Evening Of Elegance
For Singles Ages 24–38
Baila Sebrow (well-known shadchanis and author of the 5TJT’s weekly Dating Forum) will be presenting “An Evening of Elegance” for frum singles ages 24–38 on August 24, starting at 6:30 p.m. The evening will feature delicious catered cocktails and barbecue, a quality crowd, a Chinese auction, and interactive programming led by experienced, devoted shadchanim.
The special evening for singles is to take place at the home of Lewis and Laurie Barbanel, 620 Chauncey Lane in Lawrence. This event will benefit M.A.T. for children fighting cancer and disabilities. Admission is $36. For further information and reservations, please contact Baila Sebrow at 516-849-5863 or e-mail Bsebrow@aol.com. ϖ
Andy Schultz Welcomed
The Jewish Educational Center, based in Elizabeth, NJ, has embarked on an exciting new direction and is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Andrew Schultz as its director of institutional advancement. His hire follows a thorough strategic planning process by the board of trustees and an extensive executive search by a committee.
“It is a pleasure to welcome Andrew Schultz into the JEC family,” said Rav Elazar Mayer Teitz, dean of JEC. “Personally and professionally, he possesses the qualities needed for success in the difficult task of ensuring that the JEC has the wherewithal to accomplish its spiritual and academic goals.”
Schultz will be tasked with financial resource development in areas that have been largely untapped in recent years. With 13 years of communal experience, most recently as executive director of the Community Alliance for Jewish-Affiliated Cemeteries (CAJAC), Andy brings a keen expertise in the areas of donor cultivation and stewardship, securing grants and sponsorships, and dealing with benefactors—current, potential, and lapsed—to ensure that their experience is always meaningful.
“Fundraising has been a critical component of my career in Jewish communal work,” he says. “During this tenure, I have become a successful relationship builder and have been able to engage a diversity of individuals, helping each person to develop his or her own connection to an organization. At JEC, I will work to create new bases for charitable support.”
Members of the board and administrators alike are pleased to have him in this new role. “Andrew is passionate about putting his skills and experience to work to benefit the world of Jewish education,” said Dr. Steven Singfer, president of JEC’s board of trustees. “His enthusiasm is palpable, and I am confident that he will be a valuable asset to the JEC.”
Rabbi Eliyahu Teitz, associate dean of JEC, concurred, adding, “Andy joins our senior administrative team at a pivotal point, as we embark on innovative curriculum development and growth. His sincerity and commitment to Jewish education and continuity are obvious, and are punctuated by his bright and engaging personality, which make him an excellent fit within our organization. My sincere thanks to our dedicated search committee for their many months of thoughtful and diligent work that has culminated with the recommendation of Andy for this key position. I personally look forward to partnering with him to identify and secure the funding necessary for the further development and enhancement of our programs and offerings.”
As for his early plans, Schultz shared, “My objectives at JEC include increasing the number of new donors, including alumni, who have yet to make a charitable commitment to the JEC. Whether recent alumni or those of decades past, I believe engaging and reengaging JEC alumni is a key component to successful fundraising. I have also learned that a paramount quality to this work is stewardship, which will include my efforts to maintain consistent dialogue and connection with donors beyond the solicitation.”
Schultz is no stranger to the school’s broad alumni base reflecting almost 75 years of JEC history, including the Yeshiva of Elizabeth, Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy, and Bruriah High School. “Growing up, many of my friends were students at the JEC,” he said. “Today, many of those same individuals are professionally successful, committed to halachic observance, and nourishing strong Jewish values in their own families.”
In his personal life, Schultz remains committed to communal causes and has both served on chevrot kadisha and officiated at the funerals of indigent Jews who, in many cases, were bereft of kin.
Together with his wife, Jessica, he is raising three sons—Ari, Coby, and Rafi, and makes his home in Fair Lawn. Schultz is an avid sports fan, loves to work out, and enjoys listening to cantorial compositions.
Schultz says he is excited to join the JEC team: “I am personally inspired by the JEC’s humble beginnings, due to the tireless and selfless commitments of Rav Pinchas Teitz, zt’l, who built Elizabeth’s Orthodox community and its flagship institution, the JEC, from the ground up. Today, the mantle of the JEC’s leadership rests with the Teitz family, highlighting a special bond, l’dor v’dor, and the epitome of continuity.
“I believe that Jewish education is the bedrock of Jewish life and the key to Jewish survival. This motivates me to make the case for Jewish education—to relevant stakeholders and the broader Jewish community.”
For more information or to reach Andy Schultz directly, please call 908-355-4850, ext. 6206, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. ϖ
Ohel News And Events
DA Thompson Visits. Kings County District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson, along with Wolf Sender, the D.A.’s Jewish liaison officer, visited Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services. The meeting with Ohel co-presidents Moishe Hellman and Mel Zachter, Ohel board members, and senior Ohel staff was a welcome opportunity to share with the new D.A. the history of Ohel and the breadth of services provided to thousands of individuals and families in need. The D.A. visited one of Ohel’s many residences and met clients and staff, seeing firsthand how Ohel helps individuals thrive by effectively managing their disability, helps them integrate in the community, and enables them to grow in their independence.
A Rocketing Success! Robotics Lessons at Camp Kaylie Sponsored by Gruss Fund. Jason Cury, president of the Gruss Monument Life Fund, and Judy Lebovits, director and VP of CIJE, have both been longtime friends of Ohel and Camp Kaylie, and their visits and ongoing friendship are appreciated.
During their latest visit, they saw firsthand the Lego robotics and rockets activity of Camp Kaylie and witnessed the excitement of the campers participating in this unique and much sought-after activity. They also saw the computer room sponsored by Gruss, which allows dozens of campers daily to build computer programs, play computer games, and be challenged by educational programs.
The rockets and robotics activity at Camp Kaylie affords the campers a stimulating opportunity to solve problems together as a team.
Whether it was creating robots or rockets or building bridges, the activity fostered a dynamic environment that helped Kaylie campers develop problem-solving skills that involve math, engineering, physics, and logic. The process helped nurture problem-solving and team-building skills amongst campers, and promoted a collaborative outlook. At Camp Kaylie everyone is part of a team!
Adam Jerozolim, who led the Camp Kaylie robotics classes, commented, “Robotics sessions became one of the most popular activities in camp, with girls and boys equally loving the program. During our sessions, there was no pressure to compete or be graded. Campers learned in a nurturing environment with individualized attention to abilities and needs and, best of all, infused with fun.”
Jason Cury and Judy Lebovits watched as Sara, a 12-year-old with autism, shot off a rocket and gleefully watched as it made its exiting climb and dramatic descent. The computer and robotics activities offer children with disabilities unique programs that are not available to them in their special education schools.
Eli Brazil, the director of Camp Kaylie, added, “These engaging, hands-on activities, with curriculums that motivate campers to learn science, technology, engineering, and math concepts, equip campers with real-world knowledge and 21st-century skills required to be successful in today’s global society.”
Ohel and Camp Kaylie could not ask for a more meaningful learning experience and are grateful to the Gruss Life Monument Fund.
Guests at Hampton Synagogue. On the Shabbos of August 9, Shabbos Nachamu, Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services was invited to the Hampton Synagogue for a Shabbos of connection, growth, and friendship.
Hindi Klein, PsyD, Ohel’s director of clinical projects, spoke to the congregants on Shabbos afternoon about “Connecting with Family in the Age of Selfies, Twitter, and Facebook. “Over 150 shul members attended, and Dr. Klein provided strategies for building successful connections with loved ones.
Motzaei Shabbos was filled with an inspiring kumsitz of 250 people, complete with a campfire sing-a-long with the Maccabeats and the Hampton Synagogue’s very own Cantor Izchak Haimov accompanying on the guitar.
Ohel prepared a lavish breakfast Sunday morning for the shul congregants, at which renowned speaker Charlie Harary spoke to the enthralled crowd. He detailed the amazing work that Ohel does, and inspired all those who attended.
Harvey and Gloria Kaylie, the founders of Camp Kaylie and esteemed members of the Hampton Synagogue, were honored and moved by the community’s support. A sum of $30,000 was raised for Ohel from the morning breakfast presentation. ϖ
At Green Acres, August 24
It’s still summer, but it’s not too early to score back-to-school supplies! Green Acres Mall is holding its annual community-wide Back to School Fest that provides students with access to the resources they need for a successful school year. We will be providing over 500 backpacks filled with school supplies to help alleviate the financial burden on parents and guardians. The backpacks will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
The Back to School Fest will also provide entertainment for kids and parents, including face-painting, crafts, a magic show, and lots more. Plus, discover the latest trends in clothing and accessories for your tiny tots.
The Back to School Fest is just in time for you and your family to prepare to blast off in the new school year prepared and ready to succeed! The event will take place Sunday, August 24, 1:00–4:00 p.m. at the Macy’s Court of Green Acres Mall, 2034 Green Acres Mall, Sunrise Highway in Valley Stream. Visit www.greenacresmallonline.com to learn more. ϖ