Federation Super Sunday and Annual Meeting to be held on Oct. 22

By: Reporter staff

The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will hold a combined Super Sunday and Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 22, at 10 am, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal. The cost to attend will be $10 and reservations should be made by Sunday, October 15, to ensure there’s enough food for the brunch. “The Federation has the ever present Jewish mother’s fear of not having enough food, so let us know you will be coming,” said Sima Auerbach, executive director of the Federation. Reserve a seat by calling the Federation at 724-2332.
“We combined our two major events last year and it was a great success,” said Auerbach. “This year, the event will be held after the holidays so people can be relaxed and ready to enjoy the fall. It’s the perfect time to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Come hungry, because there will be a delicious brunch. Don’t forget to make a reservation.”
People also may make their 2018 gift at the meeting, rather than wait for a call. That will help the Federation know what funds are available before the allocation process, which begins in early November and will culminate on Wednesday, November 22. “It is helpful to have a sense of how much money we’ll raise before we allocate funds,” Auerbach said. 
During the event, officers will be elected to the Federation’s Board of Directors and the Yasher Koach awards bestowed. The awards honor local members of community organizations. The Phonathon will be held from 2-8:30 pm, as well as Monday-Thursday, September 19-22, from 6-8:30 pm. 
There will be a table of free books, courtesy of The Reporter. “We’re known as people of the book,” said Auerbach, “but we are really people of the books!
“Please be sure to pick up your phone and say hello to one of our dedicated volunteers,” said Auerbach. “Make a donation and help keep our community vital! You can also call us before October 22, which is a double mitzvah. You’ve made your pledge and have given us the opportunity to call someone else.”
This year’s Yasher Koach award winners are:
Beth David Synagogue – Judy Silber
Hadassah – Claire Shefftz
Hillel Academy – Malvinia Sambursky
Jewish Community Center – Kim Levene
Jewish Family Service – Laura Hotaling
Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton – Susan Hubal
Temple Concord – Jon Burgman
Temple Israel – Rabbi Eliav Bock
The Reporter – Rob Neuberger
Auerbach noted that the Federation has accomplished a great deal throughout this year, including the recent Film Fest. She said that not everything the Federation does gets publicized. “It’s the quiet, behind-the-scenes activities that also help us serve the community,” she added. “We’re here to help local organizations with their needs and questions – whether to brainstorm on how to accomplish a task or give suggestions on the best way to approach it.
“Join us for this wonderful event,” Auerbach added. “Celebrate all that the Greater Binghamton Jewish community has to offer. If anyone needs a ride to the annual meeting, please call the Federation office at 724-2332 and we’ll try to arrange transportation for you.”
The Federation Board
The new slate of Federation board members includes Howard Warner, president; Arieh Ullmann, immediate past president and CRC chairman; Mark Walker, vice president; Jeff Shapiro, treasurer; Lee Schechter, assistant treasurer; Eileen Miller, secretary; Charles Manasse, assistant secretary; Rita Shawn and Barbara Greenberg, Campaign co-chairwomen; and Michael Wright, endowment chairman. Board members to 2018: Neil Auerbach, Marilyn Bell, Charles Gilinsky, Marcia Hofstein, Richard Lewis and Linda Salomons. Board members to 2019: Rita Bleier, Steve Gilbert, Suzanne Holwitt, Jeff Platsky and Susan Walker. Board members to 2020: Nancy Dorfman, Mark Epstein, Dennis Foreman, Lillian Levy and Cathy Velenchik.