SPRINGFIELD – At this year’s annual meeting of the Springfield Jewish Community Center on May 24, Beverly Nadler, director of Life Lessons: The William and Margery Sadowsky Center for Adult Learning, received the Springfield JCC Staff Award for 27 years of outstanding service to the J. She began her career as a volunteer, then moved on to do the buying for the “Center of Things,” the original lobby boutique at the J, later holding other positions, including executive assistant and director of development.
Anna Gorfinkel was presented with the Paul Smith Award, presented to a high school student who has contributed most through efforts, actions, and behavior towards the wellbeing and betterment of the Springfield JCC. “She is the candle that brings light to the community,” said presenter Rabbi James Greene of Anna, whose volunteer efforts include activities in the teen program at the J and Rachel’s Table and teaching religious education at Temple Beth El.
Mollie Plotkin received the Robert Orenstein Award, which recognizes an adult who has given exemplary service to the Springfield JCC, for her spirit of true volunteerism. She has volunteered as knitting teacher since 2006, drawing out the highest creative potential of each student. “She has created a community,” says Bev Nadler, presenter of this award. “Mollie is sensitive to people in the class who are going through difficult times – serious illness, personal problems, and helps to ease their pain.”
Bridget Duquette received the Marcia Rosen Award, intended for an outstanding, supportive person who has made a significant contribution to the Springfield JCC Cudas Swim Team. Bridget has been swimming with the Cudas since age 6. She is a leader by example, volunteering to demonstrate a set of swim instructions as well as coaching peers and younger swimmers until they perfect their techniques.