Emily & Milt Gottschalk to receive JCRC’s Israel Advocacy Award at MEI


Emily and Milt Gottschalk, who have been actively engaged in numerous organizations and activities in support of the State of Israel, will receive this year’s prestigious JCRC Israel Advocacy Award at the JCRC’s Middle East Institute. The program will be held on Sunday, Mar. 5. It will begin at 7 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom in Cherry Hill. United States Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey will be the featured presenter at the 48th annual event.

The Gottschalks have shared a love of Israel for many years. They have demonstrated this unwavering support through both actions and deeds. Through their family foundation, The Mildred M. Soefer Family Foundation, they have graciously been lead funders for the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Teen Israel Advocacy training program for the past several years. The Middle East Institute helps raise funds that provide young Jewish teens with hands-on, professional training opportunities on how to speak and advocate on behalf of Israel prior to their heading off to college.

Emily Gottschalk, in addition to running The Garr Group, named just a few years ago as one of the 50 fastest growing companies by “Smart CEO Magazine,” has led successful branding and marketing initiatives at both the Jewish Federation and Temple Beth Sholom. She recently served as a judge/Shark investor as part of the Jewish Federation’s Shark Tank program and has proudly served on the board of the Jewish Community Relations Council since 2012.

Milt Gottschalk is past treasurer and the current vice president of the Jewish Community Foundation, a supporting agency of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, while also serving on Federation’s JFund Cabinet Committee.

The Gottschalks are currently the lead donors and project managers for the new Rabbi Steven Lindemann Lifelong Learning Center at Temple Beth Sholom, where they have both served as board members. This project is a multifaceted initiative to bring distance learning and small group learning/study opportunities to members of their congregation through state-of-the-art facilities and interactive programming.

In addition, the Gottschalks have been longtime members of The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and have made numerous trips to Capitol Hill to lobby elected officials, including Senator Menendez, on behalf of ensuring a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. The Gottschalks also help support the Israel-based organization Yad LaKashish (Lifeline for the Old), funding both physical plant expansion and current operations to train and support newly immigrated seniors to the Jewish homeland.

The Middle East Institute is JCRC’s showcase event dedicated to highlighting current events impacting Israel and the Middle East. Past MEI speakers have included prominent journalists, elected officials and diplomats.

Advance general admission and reserved seating is available starting at $36. Special pricing is available for seniors, JCRC Patrons and Life & Legacy members. Sponsorship opportunities and a pre-program VIP reception with Senator Menendez are also available. In addition, all area high school and college students are invited to attend the event free of charge thanks to the generous support of honorees Emily and Milt Gottschalk, and sponsors Steve Beilowitz, Sharon and Adam Sackstein, Eva and Marv Schlanger, and Gigi and Brad Schwartz.

Due to limited seating and anticipated demand, advance registration is strongly recommended. Register online at www.jcrcsnj.org or email jcrcsnj@jfedsnj.org for further information about this event.

For more information about becoming an event sponsor or VIP reception tickets, contact David Snyder, JCRC executive director, at (856) 673-2524 or dsnyder@jfedsnj.org

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