For more than 50 years, the Jewish National Fund has been honoring local residents with its prestigious “Circle of Excellence” awards.
This year’s JNF dinner is set for Monday, December 12, at 7 p.m., at Congregation Beth Sholom, 354 Maitland Ave., in Teaneck. It will focus on JNF’s “Special in Uniform” program, which helps integrate young people with disabilities into the Israel Defense Forces and to assist them in preparing for their careers after they finish their army service.
Lt. Col. (Res.) Ariel Almog, chair of Special in Uniform, the guest speaker, will talk about “Inclusiveness: The IDF’s Approach to Israel’s Forgotten.” Rabbi Shalom Baum of Congregation Keter Torah, who recently joined other Bergen County rabbis to visit JNF projects in Israel, also will speak.
This year’s Circle of Excellence award honorees are Toby and Peter Glick, longtime members of Congregation Beth Sholom, and Mordechai Ungar, an active member of Congregation Beth Aaron, also in Teaneck. The Glicks have visited Israel many times and have been strong supporters of JNF projects. Mordechai Ungar’s many shul volunteer activities include chairing Beth Aaron’s Israel Action Committee for the past three years.
Ma’adan of Teaneck will cater the glatt kosher buffet and dessert reception. Proceeds will benefit JNF’s work with Special in Uniform. For information, call Jocelyn Inglis at (973) 593-0095, ext. 823, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.