Yad b’Yad Celebration highlights young leaders from throughout SNJ

The Yad b’Yad Award Celebration held Feb. 27 at the Double Nickel Brewing Company in Pennsauken was truly a showcase of the young volunteers from throughout the community, according to Joel Schwartz, chair of YAD, the Jewish Federation’s Young Adult Division, which hosted the event. In its second year, the Yad b’Yad Celebration honored people from 23 different organizations. It was chaired by Rabbi Larry and Rebecca Sernovitz and Elon and Neely Elisha.

“This event brings together the entire Jewish community of South Jersey for one evening. Everybody can come together and collaborate,” said Schwartz, who pointed to the presence of synagogues from across the denominational spectrum, the Jewish Federation and its agencies, as well as many other organizations. “This is helping to promote the Federation’s vision,” he said.

Schwartz added that last year’s event attracted 200 people, while turnout this year was 300. “It’s phenomenal,” he said of the evening featuring the award presentations, brewery tours, and plenty of time to mingle and enjoy the beer.

Young volunteer leaders throughout the South Jersey Jewish community gathered together at the Yad b’Yad Award Celebration in honor of their dedication and commitment. Hosted by the Jewish Federation’s Young Adult Division (YAD), this event is in its second year and has honored over 40 individuals to date. The honorees were (front row, from left), Donielle Friedenthal (Temple Emanuel), Michelle Gershon (Raquela Hadassah), Melissa Klein (Cong. Sons of Israel), Amy Halickman (Politz Day School), Michal Drabkin (Young Israel of Cherry Hill), Jason Springer (Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Service), Jamie Richman (Jewish Community Relations Council), Lisa Kessler (Temple Beth Sholom), (second row, from left), Mark Friedenthal (Jewish Community Foundation, Inc.), Gershon Klein (Cong. Sons of Israel), Jodi Lee Berman (Kellman Brown Academy), Debbie Cohen-Broudy (Temple Sinai), Miriam Gudin (Israeli Chabad Center), Eric Rovner (Jewish Community Voice), Jeff Resnick (Jewish Federation), Evan Zweben (Katz Jewish Community Center), (third row, from left), Jason Schaeffer (Chabad of Camden & Burlington Counties), Rachael Burgess (Cong. B’nai Tikvah-Beth Israel), Daniel Drabkin (Young Israel of Cherry Hill), (back row, from left), Kelly Gorel (Adath Emanu-El), Brian Sattinger (Moorestown Jewish Association), Kim Coffina (Cong. M’kor Shalom), and Sherri Quintero (Cong. Beth Tikvah). Also honored were Suzanne Zimmer (Chabad of Gloucester County) and Shari Shapiro (Cong. Beth El).
Young volunteer leaders throughout the South Jersey Jewish community gathered together at the Yad b’Yad Award Celebration in honor of their dedication and commitment. Hosted by the Jewish Federation’s Young Adult Division (YAD), this event is in its second year and has honored over 40 individuals to date. The honorees were (front row, from left), Donielle Friedenthal (Temple Emanuel), Michelle Gershon (Raquela Hadassah), Melissa Klein (Cong. Sons of Israel), Amy Halickman (Politz Day School), Michal Drabkin (Young Israel of Cherry Hill), Jason Springer (Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Service), Jamie Richman (Jewish Community Relations Council), Lisa Kessler (Temple Beth Sholom), (second row, from left), Mark Friedenthal (Jewish Community Foundation, Inc.), Gershon Klein (Cong. Sons of Israel), Jodi Lee Berman (Kellman Brown Academy), Debbie Cohen-Broudy (Temple Sinai), Miriam Gudin (Israeli Chabad Center), Eric Rovner (Jewish Community Voice), Jeff Resnick (Jewish Federation), Evan Zweben (Katz Jewish Community Center), (third row, from left), Jason Schaeffer (Chabad of Camden & Burlington Counties), Rachael Burgess (Cong. B’nai Tikvah-Beth Israel), Daniel Drabkin (Young Israel of Cherry Hill), (back row, from left), Kelly Gorel (Adath Emanu-El), Brian Sattinger (Moorestown Jewish Association), Kim Coffina (Cong. M’kor Shalom), and Sherri Quintero (Cong. Beth Tikvah). Also honored were Suzanne Zimmer (Chabad of Gloucester County) and Shari Shapiro (Cong. Beth El).
South Jersey rabbis at the Yad b’Yad celebration were (from left), Menachem Kaminker from Israeli Chabad Center, Boaz Marmon from Temple Sinai, Mendy Mangel from Chabad of Camden and Burlington Counties, Nathan Weiner from Cong. Beth Tikvah, Ben David from Adath Emanu-El, Ephraim Epstein from Cong. Sons of Israel, Larry Sernovitz from Temple Emanuel, Micah Peltz from Temple Beth Sholom, and Shalom Shapiro from Cong. Sons of Israel. Also in attendance, but not pictured, were Rabbis Aaron Krupnick and Andy Green of Cong. Beth El
South Jersey rabbis at the Yad b’Yad celebration were (from left), Menachem Kaminker from Israeli Chabad Center, Boaz Marmon from Temple Sinai, Mendy Mangel from Chabad of Camden and Burlington Counties, Nathan Weiner from Cong. Beth Tikvah, Ben David from Adath Emanu-El, Ephraim Epstein from Cong. Sons of Israel, Larry Sernovitz from Temple Emanuel, Micah Peltz from Temple Beth Sholom, and Shalom Shapiro from Cong. Sons of Israel. Also in attendance, but not pictured, were Rabbis Aaron Krupnick and Andy Green of Cong. Beth El
The event committee celebrated a great night out honoring the South Jersey Jewish community’s young volunteer leaders. Pictured were (from left), Robert Shmuts; Rachel Shmuts; Neely Elisha, Yad b’Yad chair; Elon Elisha, Yad b’Yad chair; Jenni Provda, YAD vice chair; Joel Schwartz, YAD chair; Sean Litz, YAD outreach chair; Sam Dutkin; Rabbi Larry Sernovitz, Yad b’Yad chair; Rebecca Sernovitz, Yad b’Yad chair; and Haleh Rabizadeh Resnick, YAD director.
The event committee celebrated a great night out honoring the South Jersey Jewish community’s young volunteer leaders. Pictured were (from left), Robert Shmuts; Rachel Shmuts; Neely Elisha, Yad b’Yad chair; Elon Elisha, Yad b’Yad chair; Jenni Provda, YAD vice chair; Joel Schwartz, YAD chair; Sean Litz, YAD outreach chair; Sam Dutkin; Rabbi Larry Sernovitz, Yad b’Yad chair; Rebecca Sernovitz, Yad b’Yad chair; and Haleh Rabizadeh Resnick, YAD director.

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