Rabbi Moshe and Mrs. Serena Benovitz

NCSY, the global organization that helps Jewish teens build a strong connection to their Jewish roots through inspiration and leadership skills, has scheduled the NCSY Gala for Sunday, November 12, at 6:00 p.m. at the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Garden City.

The gala event celebrates the tremendous growth of NCSY across the country, which has connected with more than 24,000 Jewish teens. In addition to local, national, and regional programs throughout the school year, NCSY offers more than 17 summer programs in the U.S. and abroad, bringing upward of 1,500 teens on these programs each year.

Jeffrey and Sharona Weinberg

Honorees include Rabbi Moshe and Serena Benovitz of Ramat Bet Shemesh, Israel; Jeffrey and Sharona Weinberg of Woodmere; and Benyamin and Esti Kaminetzky of Teaneck, NJ. The program will also feature a special Ben Zakkai Memorial Tribute to the late Joseph and Julia Macy, for their stalwart support of the New England chapter of NCSY.

The efforts and support of this year’s honorees have made an impact on Jewish teens across the globe. Rabbi Moshe Benovitz has been the director of the NCSY kollel summer program for more than 18 years in Israel. He has learned with thousands of young men over the years at Yeshivat Reishit, where he currently teaches, in addition to his senior role as managing director of NCSY. Both the Kaminetzky and Weinberg families have sent their children to various NCSY summer programs and are generous supporters of the organization.

Benyamin and Esti Kaminetzky

“Recently, NCSY was on the ground in Houston on a chesed mission. And quite frankly, NCSY is always on the ground making a difference in Jewish communities around the globe,” said Moishe Bane, president of the Orthodox Union. “As we continue to reach more and more teens through our innovative programming, we are proud to acknowledge all of our supporters and are especially grateful to our honorees, all of whom help to inspire our Jewish teens to develop a positive Jewish identity and embrace Torah as they journey into adulthood.”

The NCSY gala will take place immediately following the 23rd annual Ben Zakkai Scholarship Reception honoring the newest members inducted into the Ben Zakkai Honor Society: Freda Greenbaum of Bal Harbour, FL; Dr. Allan Jacob of Miami Beach, FL; and Rabbi Ethan Katz of Bergenfield, NJ. In addition, Dvorah and Ben Gasner, who reside in Israel, will also be recognized at the event prior to the OU Israel Center’s Ben Zakkai Honor Society Induction Ceremony.

“For over 63 years, NCSY has been part of the national fabric of American Jewish life,” said Avi Katz, chairman of NCSY. “Our gala on November 12 is an opportunity to ensure that Jewish teens today benefit from this powerful Jewish movement.”

Joseph and Julia Macy

To reserve tickets or journal ads for the NCSY dinner, contact Amy Mauskopf at amy@ncsy.org or 212-613-8193.

NCSY is the international youth movement of the OU and is dedicated to connecting, inspiring, and empowering Jewish teens to embrace Judaism through Torah and tradition. NCSY connects with Jewish teens through innovative social and recreational programs throughout the school year to help them develop a positive Jewish identity. In addition, NCSY inspires Jewish teens to build strong connections to Israel through informal Jewish education, retreats, and summer programs. NCSY helps empower teens through its leadership to become committed leaders themselves as well as instruments for positive change and renewal in Jewish communities.

The Ben Zakkai Honor Society (BZHS) raises scholarship funds for an array of NCSY programming, including gap year, National Yarchei Kallah, Camp Sports for Boys, and the Summer Experience for Girls. It was founded in 1965 to provide a means of recognizing the distinguished achievements of NCSY alumni who have demonstrated personal Torah growth and the promise of future meaningful service to the Jewish people and the Orthodox community. 


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