On Sunday, June 1, 2014, more than 400 community members and 30 elected officials joined Met Council to honor 16 community leaders across New York City who champion Met Council’s core mission by providing critical services to tens of thousands of needy New Yorkers.
“Every day, Met Council staff and the local Jewish Community Councils work together with elected officials to ensure that our clients have food on their table, a safe place to live, and the social support they need to live their lives with dignity,” said Met Council CEO/Executive Director David M. Frankel. “This year’s honorees, the Jewish Community Council Executive Directors, truly are local heroes.”
“Your agencies and their culturally sensitive case workers are the front line contact for people who are vulnerable, allowing individuals and families to access services in their own neighborhoods,” said New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “The New York City Council looks forward to strengthening and building on its partnership with the Met Council and the local Jewish councils.”
The 2014 honorees, in partnership with Met Council and with pivotal support from elected officials, provide comprehensive services to aid, sustain and empower the overlooked poor in communities throughout New York City.
Honorees include: President of Bensonhurst COJO, Rabbi Gary Pollack; Executive Director of Boro Park JCC, Rabbi Yeruchim Silber; Executive Director of Bronx JCC, Brad Silver; Executive Director of Canarsie JCC, Rabbi Avrohom Hecht; Executive Director of COJO Flatbush, Rabbi Yechezkel Pikus; Executive Director of Crown Heights JCC, Rabbi Eli Cohen; Executive Director of JCC of Greater Coney Island, Rabbi Moshe Wiener; Executive Director of JCC of Marine Park, Shea Rubenstein; Executive Director of JCC of Pelham Parkway, David Edelstein; Executive Director of JCC of the Rockaway Peninsula, Nathan Krasnovsky; Executive Director of JCC of Washington Heights Inwood, Debbie Hes; Executive Director of Queens JCC, Cynthia Zalisky; Site Director of Shorefront JCC, Rachel Krich; Executive Director of the Staten Island JCC ,David Sorkin; Executive Director of the UJC of the Lower East Side, Betsy Jacobson and Executive Director of UJO Williamsburg, Rabbi David Niederman.