More than 250 friends and supporters filled the room at Jews for Judaism’s annual Gala.
The evening was launched with a cocktail reception where guests had a chance to mingle and bid in the silent auction. Highlights from the evening included the award presentations and inspiring talks.
While attendees enjoyed a magnificent dinner they were entertained by our Master of Ceremonies, screenwriter David N. Weiss. David’s hilarious monologue turned serious when he acknowledged Jews for Judaism’s role in helping him rediscover his Jewish identity after converting to Christianity.
Two awards were presented during the event to recognize and honor special individuals.
Jennie Lewkowicz and Dr. Emanuel Gottlieb received Jews for Judaism’s Community Leadership Award for their exemplary philanthropic and volunteer activities. Their vision enabled Jews for Judaism to implement its innovative Smart Choices Project and keep Jews Jewish.
Marisa Belinfante was recognized with the Chai Society Award, for her dedication to Jews for Judaism’s Young Professionals and SMARTalks initiative.
A feature of the evening was a poignant talk given by the mother and father of a college student. They were devastated when they discovered that their son was planning on converting to Christianity. You can read their story, “A Parent’s Cry for Help,” in this newsletter on page 2.