LONGMEADOW – On Sunday, June 11, LYA will host the 2017 Generations of Goodness Scholarship Dinner honoring Roger and Judith Cowen and Steven and Lois Koltz for their commitment to Jewish education and LYA.
“We are privileged to have two amazing and dedicated couples to honor this year,” said Rabbi Noach Kosofsky, Head of School at LYA. “They provide support to LYA in many ways and are role models for the community.”
The dinner will be held at the Holiday Inn, 1 Bright Meadow Blvd, in Enfield, Conn. The reception will begin at 5 p.m.
Roger and Judith Cowen live in West Hartford, Conn. and have a history of Jewish involvement and philanthropy. Their involvement with LYA began on a hot day in 1955. Rabbi Dovid Edelman personally gave a ride to a 5-year-old boy to attend his Yeshiva. This was Roger’s first experience with a Chassidic Jew and Rabbi Edelman made a lasting impression on Roger. Roger and Judith believe in Jewish continuity. When their children were old enough, they enrolled their two sons, Daniel Yakov and Shmuel at the Hebrew Academy in Bloomfield, Conn.
Roger is the founder and president of Cowen Tax Advisory Group, Inc. He entered the financial services industry in 1978 and has distinguished himself as one of the top Retirement Planning Advisors in the Country. Judith entered the financial services industry in 1994 as a Certified Long-Term Care Specialist. Having an entrepreneurial background, she has since grown Cowen Tax Advisory Group, Inc. into one of the premier full-service tax and retirement planning firms in the state.
Today Roger and Judith continue to support Jewish education in a variety of ways and experience much nachas having two grandchildren, Chaim Avraham and Esther Pearl attending LYA with Nachum soon to follow.
Steve and Lois Koltz were both born and raised in Western Massachusetts. Steve grew up in Holyoke and received his certification as an Enrolled Agent in 2000, independently offering tax assistance to the public. Lois is a part-time instructor and Academic Advisor at Holyoke Community College in the Business and Technology Division and serves as Advisor to the Club Shalom (Jewish identity student organization). She informally continues her Judaic learning by attending the N’Shei Woman’s Circle Shabbos classes and Jewish Learning Institute classes.
Steve and Lois were both longtime volunteers of many Jewish organizations including Beth Israel Synagogue. Steve has been a member of the executive committee of the Hebrew Free Loan Association since 2004 and Lois was an active member of LYA’s Board of Directors for almost 10 years, and the Parent Teacher Organization for 15 years. As a continuation of her mother, Madeline Jandzinski’s legacy as a Life member of the Yeshiva Academy’s Sisterhood (circa 1978), Lois received a Certificate of Appreciation from Yeshiva Academy in 1999. Their sons, Joseph and Ethan, both graduated from LYA, and attended Hachai Hebrew High School at LYA. Joseph and Ethan found a welcoming community at their Chabad Houses at their respective campuses and participated in Birthright trips in 2016.
Steve has been actively involved in his sons’ sports activities including coaching soccer and baseball. He has been a member of the coaching staff of the Longmeadow Tri-County Baseball team, the Longmeadow Warriors, for the past five years.
For more information about the LYA Scholarship Dinner and Ad Journal, or to RSVP for the dinner, contact the LYA office at (413) 567-8665 or firstname.lastname@example.org.