January 2017 -- Tevet-Shevat 5777,  Volume 23, Issue 1

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Jeff Kohn

Paul Warhit

Westchester Jewish Council Celebrates 41st Anniversary Gala

The Westchester Jewish Council will celebrate its All Star Game 41st Anniversary Gala, on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 7:15pm at Congregation Kol Ami, 252 Soundview Avenue, White Plains.  The celebration will honor Westchester Jewish Council President, Paul Warhit of New Rochelle and Vice President Jeff Kohn of Chappaqua for their dedication and service to the Westchester Jewish community. The evening will feature a cocktail dinner and dessert by Foremost Caterers with entertainment by mind reader Eric Dittelman of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Kosher dietary laws will be observed.


Paul’s active involvement in Jewish communal life began in 1996 when he and his wife Ilissa joined Temple Israel of New Rochelle, where he became president in 2005.  After serving as synagogue president for four years, Paul joined the Board of the American Jewish Historical Society (part of the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan) and was elected its president in 2011.  At the same time, Paul was recruited to join the Boards of the New Rochelle Public Library Foundation and the Jewish Deaf Resource Center (JDRC).  He served as president of the Library Foundation from 2012 to 2014 and as treasurer of JDRC from 2011 to 2014. Paul is a board member of the Giving Circle of Lower Westchester and also volunteers with Lighthouse for the Blind. Paul served on the Board and as an officer of the Westchester Jewish Council prior to being elected President in 2013.


Paul received his undergraduate degree from Boston University. Paul and Ilissa are the proud parents of Josh, Alyson and Natalie.


Jeff and his wife Martha are active members of the Jewish community at Temple Shaaray Tefila in Bedford Corners, where Jeff served as President and as a Board member for more than a decade. Jeff’s Jewish journey began as a young child when he was introduced to the importance of Jewish education, values, and celebrations, and learned about his family’s history in Eastern Europe and during World War II.  Jeff has taken several paths since childhood (including bike trips through Israel), and he now proudly serves as an officer of the Westchester Jewish Council.


Jeff, a lawyer, is the Managing Partner of O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s New York office, an international law firm, where he practices labor and employment law.  In 2011, he received his firm’s Warren Christopher Values Award in recognition of individuals who epitomize the values that guide the firm. He currently chairs the firm’s Values Award Committee and works on the firm’s scholarship program, which provides college scholarships to deserving students from five New York City public high schools.

Jeff has served on several non-profit boards and is deeply involved in education, including serving on Advisory Boards at NYU Law School, Cornell University’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations, and the George Washington University Law School, from which he graduated in 1984 and received the school’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Jeff loves photography, baseball, reading history, and cycling.  Jeff and Martha are the proud parents of Brian and Alexandra.


“Both Paul and Jeff have so generously given of their time and talent and have done so much for the Westchester Jewish community and beyond. It is our privilege to honor them this evening,” said Elliot Forchheimer, Executive Director, Westchester Jewish Council.


The Westchester Jewish Council connects Westchester’s Jewish communities and strengthens relationships among over 160 Jewish organizations and other ethnic and faith based groups, elected officials, Israel and the community at large.


This event is open to the entire community. Cost varies by donor level. Details and registration are available online at www.wjcouncil.org. For more information contact the Council at 914-328-7001.