LONGMEADOW – Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy recently held its annual scholarship reception Generations of Goodness honoring Carol Engelson and the Grant Family of Sons of Israel Synagogue/Cemetery.
Attending the dinner at Congregation B’nai Torah were 150 community members, LYA supporters, board members, parents, LYA staff members as well as family and friends of the honorees. State Senator Eric Lesser was on hand with special citations for the honorees.
Susan Goldman, president of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts introduced Carol Engelson and praised her for her commitment to the community.
“Carol continues to be an active leader and member of the community which is great evidence of her life-long commitment to what is important,” Goldman said.
Engelson is a board member and former president of the LYA board of directors, treasurer of the Jewish Federation of Western Mass., and is a faculty member of the science department at Hebrew High School of New England in West Hartford, Conn. Under Carol’s leadership LYA became a NEASC accredited school and a Leader in Me school. Currently LYA is experiencing increased enrollment and expansion of programming.
“LYA provides a sense of community while instilling self-respect and respect for others,” Engelson said.
Engelson’s two children, Abraham Engelson and Elke Sudin, are LYA graduates. “Not only did my children receive a stellar secular and Judaic education, but just as important, their Jewish souls were nurtured,” she said.
Abraham, a CPA and his wife Shoshana and son live in Queens, NY. Elke and her husband Saul live in Brooklyn where Elke is a multi-disciplinary artist and an iPad artist.
Engelson honored Rabbi Dovid Edelman z”l longtime Dean of LYA.
“Rabbi Edelman brought to LYA generations of leaders,” she said. “All of these generations have dedicated themselves to nurturing Jewish souls in everyone they meet, especially the children at LYA. The wonderful Judaic and secular staff is giving our children what they need if we want future generations to truly have the joyous gifts that Jewish life can bring.”
LYA also honored the Grant Family and Sons of Israel Synagogue/Cemetery. Bernyce Grant and Randall Bernstein accepted the award and Randall spoke about the Grant family and their commitment to Jewish causes including LYA and Jewish education.
“We would not be here without the leadership and planning of Bernie and Gerry’s dedication to our community. They were very dedicated to the cemetery and they loved their faith, family, traditions and community,” Bernstein said. “I am quite confident that Uncle Bernie and Uncle Sonny (Gerald) would be very proud and content in knowing that Sons of Israel Cemetery is able to assist in strengthening our local Jewish community. LYA has proven to be a highly valuable asset and important resource to the community. I am proud to be associated with them.”
Hyman Rabonovitz, family friend of the Grants, spoke of their commitment to Jewish values.
“The Grant family was always there to help, they are very family and community oriented and always did what needed to be done with a smile,” he said.
A new promotional video, produced by Grey Matters Films, premiered at the event. The video captured new 2016 technology initiatives and highlighted students, parents and alumni sharing LYA’s impact on them.
For more information about LYA and to view the video, visit www.lya.org.
From left, Hyman Rabonovitz, Bernyce Grant, Randall Bernstein, Rabbi Noach Kosofsky, LYA principal, and Esther Kosofsky at LYA’s Generations of Goodness. LYA presented Randall Bernstein and Bernyce Grant with a sterling silver mezuzah case and scroll.
Susan Goldman, president of the Jewish Federation of Western MA, Carol Engelson,
Esther Kosofsky and Pam Cohen at LYA’s Generations of Goodness.
LYA presented Carol Engelson with a framed blessing for the home.