LONGMEADOW – Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) will host its 2018 Generations of Goodness Scholarship Dinner on Wednesday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 1 Bright Meadow Blvd. in Enfield, Conn.
LYA will honor Jerry Lazarus and Joanne Brown for their commitment to Jewish education and LYA. Brown will be presented with the Woman of Valor award and Jerry Lazarus will be presented with the Pillar of Torah Award.
“This is a very exciting time at LYA as we are about to enter our 74th year of serving the Jewish community of Western Massachusetts with high quality day school and pre-school education,” said Rabbi Noach Kosofsky, LYA Head of School. “Our commitment to the community remains strong and this year’s dinner and honorees attest to this commitment. We are looking to the future and community support is vital as we plan ahead to expand our reach into the area with thriving Jewish educational opportunities for all ages.”
Joanne Brown grew up in Malden and attended Boston School for Dental Nursing. She and her husband, Moshe, of blessed memory, were one of three founding families of the Orthodox Minyan in Sharon, which became Young Israel of Sharon. After moving to Brookline, Joanne worked in the office at the Chabad House at Kenmore Square for 20 years. The Browns moved to Longmeadow in 2010 and became regular members at the LYA minyan and have always been strong supporters of the school and all of its activities. Joanne is the mother of Rochel Leah Kosofsky and Bubbie to eight grandchildren and one great-grandson, Moshe.
Jerry Lazarus was born and raised in Worcester where he attended Yeshiva Academy of Worcester. The owner of Braman Termite and Pest Elimination, he has served on boards of different institutions and is currently a board member at JGS Lifecare. He has three sons and one daughter and recently welcomed his son Justin to Braman. He is a strong supporter of many institutions in the community, including LYA.
“Honoring Joanne Brown and Jerry Lazarus at our dinner is our way of thanking them for their past accomplishments and as we move forward, it is a way to bring attention to the needs of LYA and ways that more members of the community can join Joanne and Jerry to strengthen Jewish life in the region,” Rabbi Kosofsky said. “We thank our honorees, and the support from so many others, which allows us to serve the Western Mass. Jewish community with so many options for Jewish growth.”