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Richard and David Heisler, left, and Harold and Beryl
Steinbach

For the past 50 years, Jewish National Fund has been honoring area residents with its prestigious “Circle of Excellence” awards. Starting with the late New Jersey State Senator Matthew Feldman, JNF has selected people from Teaneck who have worked for Israel and for the local Jewish community. In 1901, JNF began collecting coins in blue boxes all over the world, using the funds to buy land in Israel. In its 112 years, JNF has evolved into a global and environmental leader and has become a central address for the land and people of Israel.

Beryl and Harold Steinbach from Congregation Beth Sholom will receive a Circle of Excellence award. Passi Rosen Bayewitz, Janet and Ken Hoffman, Eric Kessler, Murray Leben, Nathan and Shari Lindenbaum, Chanan Vogel, and Sheryl Schainker will be recognized as Congregation Rinat Yisrael Sderot supporters. The award will be accepted by Rinat’s president, Dov Wiener, and his son, Netanel, on behalf of the 11 members of Congregation Rinat Yisrael who joined Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood’s mission to Israel last summer. The group will receive a tulip sculpture for the shul, fashioned from the shrapnel of a rocket fired over Sderot.

The Community Service award will be given to David and Richard Heisler, owners of Butterflake Bakery Catering. This tribute honors Butterflake’s baking and the community food donations the business gives to local organizations and schools every day.

The dinner is Monday, December 8, at 7 p.m., at Congregation Beth Sholom, 354 Maitland Ave., Teaneck. Ben Gutmann, past president of the Northern New Jersey’s JNF board, also will be honored. Ma’adan of Teaneck will cater the buffet and dessert reception.

Yedidya Harush, the Israeli shaliach (emissary) from the Halutza, established seven years ago by the evacuees from Gush Katif, is the guest speaker. Proceeds will benefit the maintenance of the Sderot indoor playground and the building of a dental clinic for the residents of Halutza and its surrounding settlements in the Negev area.

For information, call Jocelyn Inglis at (973) 593-0095, ext. 823, or email her at jinglis@jnf.org.