Federation to hold brunch honoring Sima Auerbach on Sept. 22

By: Reporter staff

The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will honor Sima Auerbach, former executive director of the Federation, for her contributions to the organization at a brunch on Sunday, September 22, from 10:30 am-12:30 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal. The cost to attend is $5 and reservations are required by Monday, September 9. They can be made by contacting the Federation at 724-2332 or director@jfgb.org.
Auerbach, who retired at the end of June, began working for the Federation in 2008. After moving to this area from Great Neck, NY, with her husband, Neil, she became a member of the Federation board and soon after became the Federation executive director. Auerbach has spoken frequently about her love for the Broome County Jewish community and was fascinated by local Jewish history. That led to her work to help move the stained-glass windows from the former Temple Beth El of Endicott buildings to a variety of local organizations. Other highlights of her career are the 92nd Street Y Live programs, the PJ Library, the Yasher Koach awards, the Jewish International Film Fest of Greater Binghamton and a dinner celebrating the Israel’s 70th anniversary.
“Come help us celebrate all the wonderful things Sima has done for this community,” said Federation President Suzanne Holwitt. “She worked hard to create Jewish programming and make people understand how much the Federation cares about them.”
“Sima left big shoes that will be hard to fill,” said Shelley Hubal, the new Federation executive director. “However, she also left the Federation in wonderful shape and I look forward to continuing her legacy and moving the Federation into the future.”
“It was a pleasure to work with Sima on the Campaign,” said Marilyn Bell, the current co-chairwoman of the Federation’s annual Campaign and a member of the committee working on the brunch. “She truly cares about this community and I look forward to the opportunity to show just how much her hard work is appreciated.”