On May 19, The Jewish Academy, Suffolk County’s premier independent school, will honor Mr. Josh Justic, Mr. Max Marcus, o.b.m., and Mr. Morris Kaufman, o.b.m.
Community Service Award: Mr. Josh Justic. Josh has been a friend and supporter of the Jewish Academy since its inception. He has dedicated hundreds of hours of his time to ensure that the computer technology and network systems at the JA are working to his high standards. Without his expertise and love for the school and its children, it would not have been possible for the JA to be where it is today. Josh, his wife Michele, and their four children live in Woodmere.
Builders Award: Mr. Max Marcus, o.b.m. Mr. Arnold Marcus will be accepting this posthumous award for Max Marcus. Max was a giant in his time, a pioneer in real estate development of Long Island in the ’60s. Arnold joined the company in 1962, working together to create an empire of high quality, cost effective buildings to meet the growing demand for warehouse and industrial space. The Marcus name has grown in influence and reputation throughout the LI real estate industry, with projects from New Hyde Park to Yaphank. In 1968, Max was approached about building a home for the Hebrew Academy of Suffolk County. He built a beautiful edifice in Hauppauge, with Arnold by his side. But their dedication did not stop there. They also arranged for a mortgage, and then donated their services to the community. It was an act of kindness and vision, which was recognized at the time as a game-changer for the future of the Suffolk Jewish Community. Although Max passed away in 1974, his son Arnold continues with his legacy of support for Jewish day school education through his support of the successor to the Hebrew Academy, the present day Jewish Academy of Suffolk County.
Founders Award: Morris Kaufman. Mrs. Anita Kaufman will be accepting this posthumous award for Morris Kaufman. Morris and Anita built a beautiful family in Commack, with four children–Andrew, Ivan, Stephanie, and Marcia. Determined to ensure their children would receive a strong Jewish education, they played a key role in the growth of the Hebrew Academy of Suffolk County, which served the community for over 35 years. Morris was not only the president of the board for many years, he also served as the driving force for the growth of the school to house over 200 students at one point. His untimely passing in 1986 did not deter his family’s strong dedication to Jewish day-school education. Anita immediately went to work on founding the Maimonides Day School in Lake Grove, then in 2003 she single-handedly established The Jewish Academy of Suffolk County. Their son Ivan went on to found the North Shore Hebrew Academy High School in Great Neck. Due to Morris’ vision and inspiration, the Kaufman name on Long Island has become synonymous with Jewish day schools. It is the JA’s honor to inaugurate the Jewish Academy Canyon of Heroes with Mr. Morris Kaufman.
The honorary dinner chairman is David Sterling of Sterling & Sterling. The dinner committee is comprised of Martin Elias, Hesh Kesten, Shari Lopez, Joanne Lynn, Andrew Rogove, Mark and Amanda Roth, Marc and Rhiannon Siegel, Cindy Somer, and Harry Zubli.
JASC founder is Mrs. Anita Kaufman. The board of directors is composed of Neil Frank, Joe Heller, Arthur Katz, Anita Kaufman, Harriet Kulka, Arnold Marcus, Gary Meltzer, Deborah Richman, Stan Schuckman, Rabbi Tuvia Teldon, and Bram Weber. Head of school is Rabbi Michael Druin and associate head of school was Mrs. Chaya Teldon.
To learn more or to RSVP, call 631-368-2600, e-mail dinner@TheJewishAcademy.com, or visit www.TheJewishAcademy.com. v