Summary of 203-2024 Annual Campaign Kickoff Event
The Board of The Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut Board of Trustees would like to thank all of our community members who attended the Annual Campaign Kickoff Breakfast on Sunday, September 10, 2023. The purpose of The Campaign Kickoff program is held at the beginning of the year-long effort to raise the money necessary for our Federation to fulfill its mission. This year our mission is to bring awareness to the issue of “food Insecurity” which not only affects our community it is in every community statewide and country wide.
Our program began with a prayer by Rabbi Mark Cohn of Temple Sholom of New Milford. The Federation’s Board President Pauline Zimmerman kickoff the campaign along with a lineup of several board members. The program finished with honoring our Sylvia & Burton Albert Habonim Awardees.
Our guest speaker Alan Rosenstock, Director of Tomche Shabbos of Rockland County spoke about his experience with assisting his community members combating hunger and poverty. Alan’s involvement also assists his community members who are struggling financially. Tomche Shabbos provides food packages, humanitarian grants and job training, as well as other support through various programs designed to offer emergency intervention and the hope for a better tomorrow.
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Image on Left: Patti Berkowitz and David Augenbraun – Burton Albert Habonim Awardee of B’nai Israel Southbury, and Rabbi Eric Polokoff who presented the award on behalf of B’nai Israel Southbury.
Image on Left: Mrs. Ita Selengut - Burton Albert Habonim Awardee of BYW Bais Yaakov, and Pauline Zimmerman who presented the award on behalf of Bais Yaakov.
Image on Left: Carolyn Setlow – Burton Albert Habonim Awardee of Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life, and Pauline Zimmerman who presented the award on behalf of GWCJL.
Image on Left: Tamara Potter– Burton Albert Habonim Awardee of Temple Sholom of New Milford, and Rabbi Mark Cohn who present the award on behalf of Temple Sholom.
Image on Left: Cantor Penny Kessler and Dr. Ralph Falkenstein of the United Jewish Center of Danbury who presented the Burton Albert Habonim Award to Howard Altmann
Image on Left: Mosher Neger Burton Albert Habonim Awardee of Yeshiva Gedolah of Waterbury, and Ringo Reuven who presented the award on behalf of Yeshiva Gedolah of Waterbury.