The JCC Board and staff are excited to announce our honorees for our 34th Annual Founders Celebration, a breakfast on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 10 AM. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Commitment”.
Congratulations to our Honorees: Estelle and Allan Eisenkraft, Ankie Spitzer, & The Rockland Jewish Community Campus.
Allan likes to say the JCC began in their living room, and it’s not far from the truth! He and Estelle have been here from the start, pursuing the dream of a Jewish community center in Rockland County. That dream grew from a “Y without walls“ and four moves later into the full-service JCC in West Nyack that serves our entire community. Allan also served twice as the JCC president. They are devoted founders of the JCC in the truest sense of the word and have given so much to the J—and to our Jewish community.
Ankie exemplifies the word “commitment.” When her husband, Andrei, was murdered at the 1972 Olympics along with 10 other members of the Israeli Olympic delegation, Ankie expected the International Olympic Committee to recognize that terrible event at the following Olympics. When they did not, she fought with Ilana Romano for a minute of silence for nearly half a century. Our JCC helped galvanize world support for the effort during the run up to the 2012 Olympics in London and finally, 49 years after Andrei and his teammates were murdered, the IOC held a minute of silence at the Olympic Games this past summer in Tokyo. Ankie credits JCC Rockland’s community commitment as the tipping point that helped to secure the Minute of Silence. She is looking forward to returning to Rockland County, her adopted community in May.
We are 15 years strong in our home at 450 West Nyack Road. The campus is the beating heart of our Jewish community housing not only JCC Rockland, but also the Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland County, Rockland Jewish Family Service and the local office of the State of Israel Bonds.
Make a commitment before the end of the year to recognize our honorees, the JCC or our community home, The Rockland Jewish Community Campus, by taking out an ad in the commemorative journal and joining us on June 12 to celebrate with our honorees! Funds raised will support the JCC and all funds raised above $100,000 will be used towards securing the Jewish Community Campus for the future.