The Cantors Assembly holds its 66th annual convention at the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel and Conference Center in East Rutherford May 19 to 23. Programming includes events and concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the 9/11 Memorial, and Park Avenue Synagogue.
Themed “L’eila: Raising Cantors Higher,” convention sessions include chaplaincy, sermons, song leading skills, spirituality, social media, and technology.
Honorees include Matthew Lazar, director of Zamir Choral Foundation, and Cantors Lawrence Avery, Erica Lippitz, Jacob Ben Zion Mendelson, and David Propis.
On May 22, Cantor Nancy Abramson, director of the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary, will be installed as the first female president in the history of the Cantors Assembly.
For information, call (330) 864-8533 or see caconvention2013.eventbrite.com.
Yeshiva University High Schools hosts its annual dinner of tribute on Wednesday, May 22, at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens. This year’s honorees include guests of honor Louis and Naomi Tuchman and faculty honorees Lynda Smith and Dr. Seth Taylor.
Kesher, the Community Synagogue of Tenafly and Englewood, will hold its annual dinner at Space Odyssey in Englewood on Thursday, May 23, at 7 p.m. The dinner will honor Deanna and Daniel Blank for their leadership and dedication and Yaffa Regosin and Noam Ohring for years of outstanding service. To make a reservation, donation, or submit an ad for the e-journal, call Kesher at (201) 227-1117.
Emunah will hold its annual spring luncheon, this year called “Empowering Women,” at the Westin Grand Central New York on May 22. It will honor six women who have achieved success in their chosen fields, including Dr. Merryl Tisch and Felicia Zwebner of Teaneck. Rena Steigman of Teaneck is among the event chairs.
Zwebner founded her interior design firm, Art de Triomphe, 15 years ago. She has been featured in national magazines, including Traditional Home, as well as on television in NBC’s “Open House” and HGTV’s “Selling N.Y.” She will be a featured designer at the 2013 Kips Bay Show House.
Tisch, chancellor of New York State Board of Regents, is the first woman to hold that position. She will be the guest of honor and featured speaker. She has distinguished herself both in her career and as a leader of many charitable and national policy causes.
Emunah was established in 1935 by a group of visionary women who were committed to improving the quality of life for the Jewish people in Israel. Today, Emunah, a recipient of the Israel Prize, has grown into a network of 250 social welfare and educational projects throughout the country, providing crucial services to children and families from every spectrum of society.
Money raised from the luncheon will benefit programs that provide vital services to girls, women, and families in Israel. For information, call (212) 564-9045, ext. 306, or go to www.emunah.org/springluncheon.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust invites educators from Jewish schools to participate in an education seminar focusing on Japan and the Holocaust. Part of STAJE (Shoah Teaching Alternatives in Jewish Education), the seminar will take place on Sunday, May 12, from 12:30 to 4:15 p.m.
The program will examine Japanese attitudes toward Jews with Hebrew University professor Ben-Ami Shillony. Boston University professor Hillel Levine will explore the life of Sugihara, and University of West Georgia professor Jonathan Goldstein will discuss the rich life of the Shanghai Ghetto.
Sharsheret, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of women and families, of all Jewish backgrounds, facing breast or ovarian cancer, will host its annual benefit on Sunday, May 5. More than 500 people are expected at the benefit, held this year at the Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe.
Dr. Tammy Bryk of Jamaica Estates, N.Y., is the guest of honor, and Dr. Gila Leiter of Teaneck will receive the Lisa Altman Volunteer Tribute award. Bryk, an active Sharsheret volunteer and peer supporter, has been a co-chair of the annual benefit for the last three years. Leiter, a member of Sharsheret’s medical advisory board since its inception, has helped shape Sharsheret’s programs and has shared her expertise at national medical symposia.
During the benefit, Sharsheret will debut its new documentary, “Sharsheret Does More: One Woman At A Time.” There also will be a silent auction with gift packages, electronics, jewelry, Judaica, sports memorabilia, and gift certificates for fine dining and shopping.
Local benefit chairs include Nina Kampler and Dr. Zvi Marans and Alissa and Sammy Zagha, all of Teaneck; silent auction chairs include Jennifer and Ronnie Aranoff and Michele and Dr. Jody Bardash, all of Teaneck, and Batya and Nachman Paul of Bergenfield.
The Ruderman Jewish Disabilities Funding Conference, a gathering of funders from around the world who are building a stronger Jewish community that includes people with disabilities, will meet on May 8. The conference is for veteran funders in the disabilities field or those interested in learning how to make grantmaking more inclusive.
Speakers include Pascale Bercovitch, a medaling Israeli paralympian; Joe Shapiro, who wrote “No Pity,” a book about the disability rights movement; and Rick Guidotti, founder of the organization Positive Exposure.
Participation in the conference is open to funders/grantmaking staff making allocations of at least $10,000/year charitably to any nonprofit organizations in any field.
It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Scholastic Event Space in New York City. For information, call (212) 726-0177, ext. 208, or go to www.advanceconference.org.
The Lt. James I. Platt-Jewish War Veterans Post 651 seeks veterans to join the Fair Lawn group. Among its many activities are bingo games with cash prizes, held at the New Jersey Veterans Home in Paramus. The group also offers scholarships at Fair Lawn High School. For information, call Commander Mel Kaplan at (201) 796-3795.