Celebrating 37 years of service to the Westchester Jewish community, the Westchester Jewish Council (WJC) held its 37th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Beth El Synagogue Center in New Rochelle. More than 600 people attended the event, which honored WJC outgoing president Ron Burton, a resident of New Rochelle. Boxer Yuri Foreman and former MLBer Art Shamsky were in attendance, in addition to numerous local and regional elected officials such as Mayor Noam Bramson. In a highlight of the evening, Forman presented Burton with a “Champion Connector” belt in honor of his work on behalf of the Council (see attached). Additional photos from the event can be viewed online.
The Westchester Jewish Council is the central coordinating, convening advisory and resource body for the county's Jewish community, representing more than 140 Jewish organizations and serving 150,000 Jews. As Westchester's Jewish community relations organization, the Council unites Westchester Jewry with the State of Israel, fosters communication among Jewish organizations, and cultivates and strengthens relations with other religious and ethnic groups, elected officials, and the community at large. The Council encourages participation in Jewish life and supports and develops initiatives and programs that meet existing and emerging Jewish communal needs. The Council is a member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York and a beneficiary agency of UJA-Federation of New York.