The Jewish National Fund will hold its 51st annual Teaneck reception, with dinner and dessert, on Tuesday, December 11, at 7 p.m., at the Jewish Center of Teaneck. Michael “Buzzy” Green is the event chair.
The Jewish Standard’s editor, Joanne Palmer, is the Community Service award recipient. Sandee Brawarsky and Barry Lichtenberg of Congregation Rinat Yisrael and Nechama and Isaac Student of the Jewish Center of Teaneck are the Circle of Excellence awardees. Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, Nefesh B’Nefesh co-founder, is the guest speaker.
Sandee Brawarsky, an award-winning journalist and editor, is the culture editor of the New York Jewish Week. Her stories have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and other publications. Barry Lichtenberg, a trial and appellate attorney, is a founding member of Lichtenberg PLLC, a Manhattan law firm specializing in complex commercial and real estate litigation. He has lectured on legal and Jewish topics and his articles have appeared in a variety of publications. They are the parents of Akiva, Meir, and Miriam.
Isaac and Nechama Student are committed Zionists and have been members of the Jewish Center of Teaneck since they moved to Teaneck more than 40 years ago. Isaac has served on the shul’s board for many years, chaired the religious committee, and was first vice president and president. Nechama has served on the JCT kiddush committee and chairs special events. Their daughter, Dahlia, made aliyah more than 21 years ago and has three children; the oldest one now is in the IDF. Their son, Rabbi Gil Student of Brooklyn, is married and has a daughter and son. Galit, also married, has three children, and lives in Maplewood.
Joanne Palmer has won Rockower awards for her work. By her own admission, she is a compulsive reader, writer, editor, talker and listener, which makes her a perfect fit for her job, which she loves immensely. She has been the Jewish Standard’s editor for six years, spent seven years as communications director for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, and was the Standard’s managing editor for five years before that. Joanne lives in Manhattan with her husband, Andy Sherman, where they are members of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun. Their daughter, Miriam Palmer-Sherman, their son-in-law, Rabbi David Vaisberg, and their grandchildren, Nava and Judah, live in Metuchen.
Yehoshua Fass is a Nefesh B’Nefesh co-founder; the group is a partner with the Jewish National Fund. The organization has assisted more than 50,000 people from North America and the U.K. in their immigration to Israel, since 2002.
The dinner will highlight three of JNF’s partnerships — with Nefesh B’Nefesh; the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies at Kibbutz Ketura in the Negev, which advances cross-border environmental cooperation through education and research; and the Arava International Center for Agricultural Training, which gives professional agricultural skills to students from developing countries to take home along with a positive message about Israel.
For information, call Michael Feinman, (212) 879-9300, ext. 503, go to jnf.org/teaneck, or email MFeinman @jnf.org.