The JCC Annual Meeting will take place on Monday, May 21st at 7:00pm and welcome to all members. This year’s annual meeting will feature the following award winners:
The Gaynor Jewish Cultural Award
The Gaynor Jewish Cultural Award, which honors a JCC program that recognizes excellence in Jewish programming, is presented to the JCC Jewish Bookfair “False Friends: Helping Children Navigate Cliques, Bullying and other Forms of Social Cruelty and Build A More Just and Compassionate Community”. The JCC Jewish Bookfair hosted author Myla Goldberg and renowned expert Rosalind Wiseman for a community panel discussion of social aggression and bullying. This large-scale endeavor initiated a community conversation on the dynamics of bullying among youth, and provided strategies for parents, teachers, leaders and the entire community to create an environment of respect and dignity. Prior to the event, the JCC Jewish Bookfair facilitated three free book club discussions in Northwest, Northeast, and Central Columbus. The event was made possible by Matrix Psychological Services, OSU Hillel, Women of Tifereth Israel, and Temple Israel Sisterhood. Over 150 community members from all areas of Central Ohio took part in the interactive discussion of this rising epidemic among today’s youth. Susan Stenman, Chariperson and Moderator.
The Shechyanu Teacher of the Year
The Shechyanu Teacher of the Year 2012 is presented to Jill Bradburn. Jill has been a teacher at the JCC’s New Albany early childhood school for three years. She received parent nominations sighting her nurturing, consistent, and creative presence as “typify[ing] the caliber of teaching quality that makes the JCC New Albany so special.” Holly and Brad Kastan established the Shehechyanu Award in 1999 to recognize an outstanding early childhood teacher at the JCC. Upon being informed of her honor, Jill shared that “It’s all about making a difference in a child’s life, and building a memory for them to cherish.” It is obvious that Jill is making a very big difference in the lives of all of her students!
The Helen Nutis Volunteer Mitzvah Award
The Helen Nutis Volunteer Mitzvah Award this year is being presented to the JCC Volunteer Youth Basketball Coaches. This year there were 40 men and women who volunteered their time to help develop the basketball skills of 173 children from grades K-8. From November through February, some of these coaches spent approximately 100 hours on the basketball court and coordinating practice and game scheduling with JCC staff. These individuals serve as mentors and role models for every child they coach. They focus on basketball skills, but often they are teaching them life skills. The JCC and the community are very lucky to have each of these special people working with our children. We thank them for all of their dedication and leadership that they bring to the JCC and the Community. You all make the difference in so many children’s lives.
The Joel Dinkin Professional Development Award
The Joel Dinkin Professional Development Award, established in honor of former JCC Executive Director Joel Dinkin, recognizes an outstanding JCC staff member who has shown exceptional commitment to the JCC. This year’s recipient is Chef Toney Roberston. Since his arrival more than 11 years ago, kosher catering at our JCC has grown beyond all expectations and Chef Toney has become the face of our JCC kosher community. In addition to his exemplary and delicious preparations, Chef Toney goes above and beyond. As of this March, Toney has prepared 5,011 CJDS lunches, 10,485 senior meals, 60,579 preschool lunches, and 44,145 snacks.