Founders Dinner

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Sunday, April 2, 2017


Annual Founders Dinner Dance

The Rockleigh
26 Paris Ave
Rockleigh, NJ

2017 Honorees

JCC Founders

Ilse & John Lang
Ilse and John Lang
Ilse and John Lang believe that the JCC is at the heart of the Jewish community and have been major supporters since its inception. Longstanding members of the Nanuet Hebrew Center, they both served on the board, John as Vice President, and they were major supporters in the building of the Center. John has been a past board member of Rockland Jewish Family Service and Jewish Federation of Rockland and he was a co-chair of Israel Bonds.

Rubin Josephs Community Leadership Award

Cathy & Bert Distelburger
Cathy & Bert Distelburger
Cathy Distelburger has been an outstanding presence at Israel Bonds in Rockland, which she currently chairs. Bert has long been involved in the Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland County, where he manages the endowments and was their past Treasurer. They believe strongly in Jewish education and have been leaders at New City Jewish Center for many years.

“J” Award

Bonnie Wind
Bonnie Wind
Bonnie Wind, JCC Rockland’s adult services director, has spent 25 years dedicated to the JCC, and under her leadership the JCC Yvette Tekel & Esther Gitlow Senior Adult Program at the Chazen Senior Center has grown from a small program to one with more than 1,000 members who find the JCC is their home away from home. She is retiring to Florida at the end of April.

Pursuit of Justice Award

David Kirschtel
David Kirschtel
David Kirschtel, JCC Rockland’s CEO, led an effort demanding that the International Olympic Committee recognize the 11 Israelis murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympics at the 2012 opening ceremony. His belief in our community’s ability to galvanize this effort results in receiving the JCC’s Pursuit of Justice Award this year.

Corporate Leader Award

Orange Bank & Trust
Orange Bank & TrustOrange Bank & Trust has provided the Rockland Jewish Community Campus with $9 million in refinancing and will receive the Corporate Leader Award. We are grateful to John Bartolotta, president of the Rockland division, and his team for truly understanding the meaning of community.



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