Friday, September 20, 2019

(Courtesy of JKHA/RKYHS) The Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy/Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School is proud to announce that its 71st annual dinner will take place Wednesday, June 5, at Factory 220 in Passaic.

Guests of honor this year will be Bat Sheva and Murray Halpern. As chairs of the ATID SOCIETY Concert for the last 11 years, Bat Sheva and Murray have raised many millions of dollars for the JKHA/RKYHS Annual Campaign. They devote invaluable resources to ensuring the present and future of Jewish education, giving philanthropically and also committing their time and energy with generosity and wisdom. Bat Sheva and Murray lead by example and always from the heart.

The Netzach Yisrael award will be given to Francine and Carey Tajfel, true pillars of the RKYHS community. Francine and Carey care deeply about strengthening JKHA/RKYHS to ensure that students continue to receive a rich and rewarding Jewish education. They have been leaders in supporting academic excellence and Holocaust education and in ensuring the growth of JKHA/RKYHS in Middlesex County. Their contributions to JKHA/RKYHS and the greater community reflect the utmost generosity and humility.

JKHA/RKYHS is proud to honor Debbie Finkelstein with the Distinguished Leadership Award. Debbie has made a vital and lasting impact on the lives of so many students, parents and faculty members during her more than 18 years at JKHA. As principal of JKHA, Debbie is widely recognized for creating a supportive learning environment, maintaining the highest educational standards, and developing a sense of family and community, which has strengthened JKHA and led to strong school growth.

The school is also delighted to honor Sarah and Michael Diamond with the Young Leadership Award. Sarah and Michael are active school parents who care deeply about the success of JKHA/RKYHS, and have served as role models through their outstanding service on the liaison committee, as dinner chairs and as invaluable leaders of the “Discover West Orange” initiative, which has contributed directly to school growth.

This evening of celebration is the year’s most important fundraising event for our school and is the cornerstone of the JKHA/RKYHS annual campaign. As tuition payments cover only 70% of the cost of a JKHA/RKYHS education, the school must rely on the generosity of individuals who are able to help fund the balance. To help sustain the present, and build for the future, JKHA/RKYHS turns to parents, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni, trustees and friends. Participation and support for the annual dinner will make a true difference in the life of a Jewish child. As the school’s enrollment continues to grow, the funds raised through the annual dinner will also enable the school to continue its mission of inspiring excellence and enhancing all facets of the learning environment, as well as ensuring adequate financial assistance to an increasing number of families.

“Each of these remarkable honorees has had a unique and meaningful impact at JKHA/RKYHS and their leadership has strengthened so many different aspects of our school,” commented Lauren Shapiro, JKHA/RKYHS director of development. “We are beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize this exceptional group of honorees for all that they do for our school and our community.”

More information on the ad journal and giving opportunities can be found at www.jkha.org/dinner or by contacting Sarah Levinson at 862-437-8001/[email protected]