NCSY will be hosting its second annual gala celebrating over 60 years of inspiring teens about Judaism. NCSY, which reached over 28,000 teens this year across the U.S., Canada, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, and Israel, is the international youth movement of the Orthodox Union. Dedicated to connecting, inspiring, and empowering Jewish teens and encouraging passionate Judaism through Torah and tradition, NCSY provides informal Jewish education, leadership training, retreats, and summer programs that foster positive Jewish identity and connection to Israel, preparing the next generation of committed Jewish communal leaders. NCSY programming includes Shabbatons, chesed missions, Jewish Student Union clubs in public schools, weekly Latte-N-Learns, and more. Over the summer, NCSY runs 22 summer programs in Israel, the U.S., and Europe, which have over 1,500 participants.
Guests of Honor: Genie and Stephen Savitsky. The Savitskys live in Hewlett. Stephen is the former chairman and president of the Orthodox Union. He travels widely across the globe representing the OU and has visited almost every Jewish community in North America. His ability to present on a variety of topics has made him a much-sought-after speaker at major Jewish events and conferences. He was a member of the executive committee of the OU and is a scholar-in-residence at many OU synagogues. He has held many leadership roles in the Jewish community including current president of the Vaad HaKashrus of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway, president of the Bnai Zion Foundation, and chairman of the board of Partners in Torah. He was the founder and president of the Kew Gardens Hills eiruv, president of Congregation Anshei Chesed in Hewlett, and chairman of the board of Mesivta Ohr Torah in Forest Hills. Further, Mr. Savitsky was a former board member of HIAS, Mesorah Heritage Foundation, and the Jewish Agency for Israel. Professionally, Mr. Savitsky is the president and chairman of the board of ATC Healthcare, which is a nationwide provider of medical staffing. He was also the founder and CEO of Staff Builders, one of the nation’s largest home healthcare companies. He graduated from Yeshiva University with a degree in economics and received an MBA from the Baruch Graduate School of Business with a specialization in finance and marketing. He is married to Genie (nee Tennenbaum) and, B’H, has many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Legacy Award: Rabbi Ralph Pelcovitz, z’l.
HaRav Pelcovitz was the legendary dean of the American Orthodox Rabbinate. He began his career in Saratoga Springs, New York, and Dayton, Ohio, shortly after World War II. Over half a century ago he assumed the pulpit of Congregation Kneseth Israel (the White Shul) in Far Rockaway. He was a respected teacher, an acclaimed scholar and accomplished author, an inspiring orator, as well as a staunch supporter of NCSY.
The Savitskys and Rabbi Ralph Pelcovitz, z’l, are being honored alongside Rabbi Elie and Dr. Naama Weinstock of New York City and Dr. Aviva and Gershon Distenfeld of Teaneck. The special evening will take place Sunday, March 17 at the Marina Del Rey. For more information, visit NCSY.org.