The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY) celebrated its 2019 Gala Dinner at The Pierre Hotel on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 and presented NYS Attorney General Letitia James with its Public Service Award. JCRC-NY commended the Attorney General for her dedication to New York State, New York City, the community and civic affairs and for her passionate commitment to combatting hate crimes and anti-Semitism. JCRC-NY President Charles S. Temel received the JCRC-NY Leadership Award in recognition of his outstanding communal leadership and dedication to the well-being of the Jewish people.
The Gala was emceed by JCRC-NY Board Members Jennifer Falk and Marc Wolf. Also participating in the program were Ambassador Dani Dayan, Consul General of Israel in New York; Jeffrey Schoenfeld, UJA-Federation of NY President; JCRC-NY Past President Ronald Weiner, who presented the award to Mr. Temel after a touching tribute by his children, Erica, Laura and Dan Temel; Harlem’s John Catsimatidis, Chairman and CEO of the Red Apple Group, who presented the award to Attorney General Tisch; Richard Janvey, JCRC-NY Board Member, who recited the motzi; and Michael Miller, JCRC-NY Executive Vice President and CEO. Guests included Anne-Claire Legendre, Consul General of France in NY; NYS Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, Former Mayor David Dinkins; NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer; Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, NYC Council Members Chaim Deutsch, Rafael Espinal, Vanessa Gibson, Ben Kallos, Andy King, Brad Lander, Francisco Moya, Helen Rosenthal, Paul Vallone, and Kalman Yeger; former NYS Senator Manfred Ohrenstein; and Rev. Jacques DeGraff.
The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY) serves as the central coordinating body and resource organization for the Jewish Community in the metropolitan New York area and as an advocate for a strong and secure State of Israel. An active force in New York civic and communal life, JCRC-NY protects and enhances the New York Jewish community and builds working relationships within the Jewish community, with other ethnic and faith communities, and with public officials and government agencies.
Photo credit: 1) Marc E. Wolf, Jennifer E. Falk, John Catsimatidis, General James, Charles Temel and Michael S. Miller. 2) NYS Attorney General Letitia James. 3) Charles S. Temel. 4) The 350 guests included former NYC Mayor David N., Dinkins. Gianna Bertoli of Michael Priest Photography.