March 2017 -- Adar-Nisan 5777,  Volume 23, Issue 3

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41st Annual WJC Gala Held at Congregation Kol Ami

By Stephen E. Lipken

 

Westchester Jewish Council (WJC) presented their “All Star Game, 41st Anniversary Gala” at Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains  on Saturday, February 4, honoring WJC President Paul Warhit and Vice President Jeff Kohn.  Approximately 500 citizens from the Westchester Jewish community and outlying municipalities poured into the synagogue, treated to a full buffet and entertainment by Rock Mitzvah and Mind Reader Eric Dittelman.

 

Officials included County Executive Rob Astorino; Steve Bass representing County Legislator Ken Jenkins; Legislator Benjamin Boykin; New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson; Assemblyman David Buchwald; Congressman Eliot Engel; Deputy Human Rights Commission Director Janice Epps; County Court Judge David Everett; Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner;  Legislator David Gelfarb; County Clerk Tim Idoni; New York State (NYS) Senator George Latimer; Chuck Lesnick, Deputy Counsel/Bureau Chief, NYS Homes and Community Renewal;  Congresswoman Nita Lowey; Legislators Shelley Mayer, Sheila Marcotte; Judge Sondra Miller, 2nd District, Brooklyn; Assemblyman Steven Otis; Legislator Catherine Parker, Assemblywoman Amy Paulin; Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett; White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach; Deputy Consul General of Israel Amir Sagie; District Attorney Anthony Scarpino; Legislator Mary Jane Shimsky; NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and  County Court Judge Barry Warhit, Paul’s brother.

 

Lowey emphasized that although she may be voting against certain Republican agenda items, “One thing that can—and must—be bi-partisan is our support for Israel.”

 

Shaaray Tefila Rabbi David Greenberg praised his congregation member Kohn as a “model of Jewish commitment,” citing his service to the Temple as President and Board member.

 

“For many years our congregation has been in possession of a Holocaust Torah Scroll  from Klatovy, Czechoslovakia…  Not only was Jeff responsible for the Kosher restoration of that scroll, but he actually traveled with it to Klatovy in celebration of a child’s Bar Mitzvah.”

 

“Celebrating with our friends and family in Westchester is a tremendous, humbling experience,” Warhit stated. “To be honored by the Westchester Jewish Council, an organization committed to community, collaboration and unification is something that is a once in a lifetime thing and I am just incredibly honored.”

 

“It has been 41 years of serving Westchester,” Astorino added, “and it’s not just the Jewish community, it is really the entire community. I appreciate all of the work that they do. I have met a lot of great people here through the years and it is a nice night to celebrate.”