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JCC postpones 2020 Annual Meeting & Gala

Graphic for the JCC's postponed 2020 Annual Meeting and Gala on June 7 at Owera Vineyards in Cazenovia.

The JCC's 157th Annual Meeting & Gala, which was to be held on Sunday, June 7, has been postponed due to the coronavirus. A new date has not been scheduled yet. Additional details will be announced in the near future.

A total of five awards will be presented this year in recognition of outstanding service given to the JCC and to the local community. The theme—back by popular demand for the third year in a row—will be a “New York Kosher Deli Experience… ENCORE!” catered once again by Essen New York Deli of Brooklyn.

This is the JCC’s biggest and most important annual fundraiser. The distinctive celebration brings together many members of the Central New York Jewish community to benefit the JCC of Syracuse and to pay tribute to those who have acted so selflessly. A cocktail hour will get the event started and segue to an authentic Jewish deli brunch. A brief business meeting will follow, which will then lead to the community service awards ceremony. Again this year, the gala’s proceeds will provide significant funding for scholarships to individuals in the JCC’s early childhood, after school, summer camp and senior programs.

The 2020 JCC honorees represent a wide range of dedication and support. The Kovod Award, which signifies honor and importance, will be presented to Judith Stander who recently retired from the Jewish Federation of Central New York. She has been a long-time volunteer in the community, a former JCC employee and she has served on the board of trustees and various committees at her synagogue, Temple Concord.

The JCC’s Kovod Gadol Award, which in Hebrew translates to great honor, will be presented to the husband and wife team of Jeffrey and Abby Scheer. Both have been longtime and active supporters of the community. Jeffrey is a partner at Bond, Schoeneck and King, board member of the Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York and former board member of the Jewish Federation of Central New York. Abby is a Syracuse University librarian, former JCC board member and past board president of the Syracuse Hebrew Day School.

Two Hall of Fame Awards will be presented this year to two couples who have given so much to the community. They are Steven and Sondra Goldberg and Barry and Debrah Shulman. The Goldbergs are longtime generous community supporters whose roots at the JCC of Syracuse run deep. Both have served on the JCC board and Steven is a former treasurer and vice president of the board. Steven is currently executive vice president of the locally based company Raymour & Flanigan Furniture and Sondra has been a Vera House Foundation board member since 2003. The Shulmans also have been longtime generous supporters of the local community and of the JCC. Barry and Debrah co-chaired the JCC’s original $2.8 million capital campaign. Barry has taught Tap Dance classes at the JCC of Syracuse for many years and donates all proceeds to the JCC. Debrah was instrumental in launching the Fay’s Drug Store Quiz Show.

This year’s Leslie Award, the fifth to be given since it was launched in 2016, will be presented to JCC board member Davia Moss. She is a lifelong Syracuse-area resident who literally grew up at the JCC—she attended the Early Childhood Development Program—and is a young up-and-coming professional within the local Jewish community. Moss serves on the JCC board’s gala committee and on the building committee, she co-chairs the Early Childhood Development Program committee and is an at-large member of the JCC board’s executive committee. “The Leslie” recognizes outstanding commitment and service to the JCC and to the local community—the qualities which the award’s namesake, Leslie London Neulander, personified throughout her many selfless volunteer pursuits.

“I am thrilled that we’ll be recognizing another terrific lineup of honorees this year,” said Marci Erlebacher, JCC of Syracuse executive director. “All have displayed such dedicated service to the JCC and to the local Jewish community through their selfless acts and generosity. This year’s gala is shaping up to be another fun and heartfelt celebration.”

For more information about the JCC of Syracuse’s 2020 gala, including event tickets and sponsorship opportunities, call Erin at 315-445-2360 or email