JCC Annual Meeting

You Inspire Me Theme to be Celebrated at May 28 Annual Meeting Honoring Community Leaders, Volunteers, and More

The Jewish Community Center’s Annual Meeting will honor the inspirational leadership and creative programming that has gone on at the JCC in the past year, in keeping with its theme, “You Inspire Me!” Shana and Michael Levin will return as co-hosts of the 2014 JCC Annual Meeting to take place at the JCC at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28.

“There is so much that goes on at the JCC every day that is inspiring and makes the JCC so special to our family. That is why we are excited to host again and to celebrate the people who work hard to make the JCC a welcoming community for all,” said Shana Levin. The meeting will recognize the accomplishments of the many JCC volunteers and Board members.

At the meeting, Shana and husband, Michael, will share several vignettes of inspiring moments that have taken place – and happen every day – all around the JCC, between members and staff.  “This is a time to acknowledge those who are a light to others—who have given back and who inspire us in ways great and small,” added Levin, who, as a JCC Board member, has given back so much already. She continues the family tradition that began with her father, former JCC Board President Michael Canter.

A light dinner will be served at the program, during which the new 2014-2015 JCC Board of Trustees members will be inducted, volunteers, teachers, and community leaders will be recognized, and outgoing Board leadership will be thanked for all that they have done for the JCC.

The Rabbi Nathan and Sylvia Gaynor Jewish Cultural Award recognizes excellence in Jewish programming and will this year be awarded to the Gallery Players production of Elijah’s Angel. Michael J. Rosen will be accepting the award from the JCC at the meeting. He wrote the script for the 2013 JCC 100 finale play that was based on his beloved children’s book of the same name. “It’s especially rewarding to me to see this play—a first commission for the Center—be celebrated by the Gaynor Award. That this recognition bears the name of the Gaynor family— my neighbors as a teen!— brilliant neighbors whose learning was leavened with humor— makes this honor particularly sweet,” Rosen said of the prestigious honor.

The Lawrence D. Schaffer Shem Tov or “Good Name” Award was established by the JCC in honor of Larry Schaffer and his outstanding contributions to the Central Ohio community. The award is presented to an individual who represents the next generation of community leadership and this year will recognize the accomplishments of Lindsay Schottenstein for her continued dedication to the Jewish community.

The Helen Nutis Volunteer of the Year Mitzvah Award recognizes the work of outstanding JCC volunteers. For the 2013-2014 programming year, Gary Cheses and Heidi Levey will be honored for their leadership as co-chairs of the JCC 100 celebration. The JCC teacher who exemplifies the high teaching standards that the JCC preschool is known for will be awarded the Shehechyanu Teacher of the Year Award and will be announced on the day of the event.

To RSVP for this free event that includes a light dinner, please contact Valerie Lofton by May 21, 2014, at vlofton@columbusjcc.orgor by calling (614) 231-2731.