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Ninth Annual Nancy Avis L’Dor V’Dor Award Lunch

April 29, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


JCC First Generation Award

Susan Bender

Pamela J Carlton

Linda Herschfeld

JCC Next Generation Award

Jennifer Baeli

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Right after Nancy graduated from Russell Sage College with a degree in Physical Education, she moved to Staten Island with her husband Ron. She immediately became involved with the Jewish Community Center’s Camp
Committee because of her love and concern for children. She was soon taking a lead role in the formation of the JCC Nursery School in 1961 which opened with just one teacher and seven children. How pleased she was to watch its growth in numbers, breadth of curriculum and ages served.

Nancy was a consummate fundraiser for Girl Scouts, United Cerebral Palsy and the Community Chest. Her passion for golf kept her busy as chairperson of many golf fundraising tournaments including the Center’s annual event. But she still found time to win a record-breaking sixteen Ladies Club Championship titles at the Richmond County Country Club where she also served as chairlady of golf.

She was a board member of Geller House which is supported by Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, the Staten Island Academy where she served as a trustee for many years, and Women’s Campaign of UJA-Federation. For her commitment and generosity, she was honored by UJA in 1976 and 1997. And in 1986 she was presented with the prestigious Staten Island Advance Woman of Achievement Award for exemplifying the spirit of volunteerism. In recent years, she and Ron helped establish Wagner College’s Chai Society which promotes a Jewish presence on campus.

Nancy was Women’s Division President in 1962 and then, in 1986, she became the JCC’s first woman president since it was founded in 1929. During her tenure, the South Shore JCC was expanded to include a $1 million gym and fitness center. As a surprise to her at the Grand Opening Ceremony, Ron had arranged to have it named the Nancy and Ronald Avis Building. In 1998, Nancy and Ron were honored by the JCC with the Allan Weissglass Distinguished Leadership Award.

John F. Kennedy once said, “Things do not happen; they are made to happen.” Nancy made many wonderful and lasting things happen for our Center and for our community. We are grateful for all the gifts she shared with us; they will serve as an inspiration for years to come.

Susan began her career at the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island where she directed the Early Childhood department and went on to become Assistant Executive Director of the JCC. In 1988 she left to assume the Executive Directorship of the Rose YM-YWHA in Mt. Vernon, Westchester. In 1992 she became Executive Director of the Sid Jacobson JCC, Roslyn, Long Island.  She retired from that position in November 2011 and did a consultation at Mid-Island Y in 2012.

Susan was co-chair of the Advisory Board of the JCC’s Center for Lifelong Development (CLLD) and joined the Board of the JCC in 2014. She is also on the Board of Hillel at the College of Staten Island and the Board of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun.

Susan was a regional and national past president of her professional association (Association of Jewish Center Professionals). Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Speech Pathology from Brooklyn College, a certification in Not-for-Profit Management from Columbia University and a certificate from JCC Association’s Executive Development Training Program.

Susan resides on Staten Island with her husband Jack. They have four children and seven grandchildren.

Pamela  grew up in Manhattan and Long Island.  After graduating from Adelphi University, and then, receiving a Master’s degree in Biology from Purdue University in Indiana, she returned to New York.  She took a position at Staten Island Community College, which later became College of Staten Island, teaching introductory biology.

Pam spent 40 years teaching biology on campuses at Wall Street, Bay Street, Sunnyside and finally at the current Willowbrook campus from 1966 to 2002 full time and then as an adjunct until two years ago.  In addition to teaching, Pam developed the Medical Assistant One Year Certificate program and the four year BS program in Physician Assistant with Bayley Seton Hospital. She organized the College Blood Bank  and served on a multitude of committees including the University Faculty Senate.

A self-described “adrenaline junky,” Pam has been an active member of BRAVO Volunteer Ambulance in Brooklyn for almost 40 years.  She serves as an EMT, ambulance driver and driver trainer, QA/QI coordinator and was recently elected Chairperson of their Board of Directors.  She was working as a driver on 9/11.  Her unit was one of the first to arrive on the scene at the World Trade Center.  Together with her other crew members, they helped between 200 and 300 people while working as a respiratory triage unit at Beekman Hospital.

At Temple Israel Reform Congregation, Pam has served as Financial Secretary, member of the Board of Directors, Sisterhood President, Good and Welfare Officer, choir member and co-author of an incubator grant from WRJ (Women of Reform Judaism).  She also served WRJ at the local and national levels for many years. Last year, Pam was an honoree at Temple Israel’s Annual Gala.

On Staten Island, Pam sings with the Roaring Chorus at Richmondtown Library.  She is also an active member of the Broadway YMCA, has worked with Project Hospitality feeding the homeless and has been recognized by the SI Inter-Agency Council for the Aging and UJA-Federation at their Annual Community Breakfast.  Pam has given talks to the JCC’s Senior Singles group and is a member of CLLD.

Pam is the proud mother of Chris, and loving grandmother of Caleb Joseph who is one year old.

Linda grew up in Brooklyn and moved to Staten Island over 40 years ago.  She attended Erasmus Hall High School and Bernard Baruch College.

For 19 years, Linda was the Assistant Development Director for a foster care and adoption agency  where she did significant outreach in the community, including fund raising grant writing, and running special events.

She is involved with the Jewish Community Center through the Center for Life Long Development (CLLD) Council as an associate chair and a member of the fund raising and arts and entertainment committee. Also, through the JCC, Linda has volunteered at the JCC’s Golf Outing and at the New York Marathon.

For over 17 years Linda has been a proud South Shore Rotarian and has held several leadership positions including secretary and treasurer. She is delighted to have chaired several scholarship luncheons for senior high school students, which celebrates service above self in the community.

For all her work and dedication, she was awarded the Rotarian of the Year in 2014 and the Paul Harris Award in 2015, which is the highest honor you can receive in Rotary for your work in the community.

Linda was also recognized by the New York State Office for the Aging for volunteering and community service.  She is a member of the National Brandeis Council of Staten Island that supports Project Hospitality by collecting food for their pantry and volunteering at their events.

Previously, she was a board member of the Staten Island Children’s Campaign which raised money for 20 non-profits on Staten Island, a member of the Staten Island Not for Profit Association (SINFPA), a reading volunteer coordinator in an elementary school and an assistant cub-master.

While growing up in Brooklyn she volunteered at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum to read to children on the weekends and was a receptionist for the American Red Cross.

Linda lives with her husband David of 51 years in Heartland Village.  She is proud to have two amazing children, Matthew and Dara with their spouses Mindy and Michael, respectively, and two awesome grandsons Andrew and Michael.

Jennifer has operated a fitness business on Staten Island since June of 2014 called THE MAX Challenge.  Even considering her competing priorities, including her four year old daughter, Addison Grace Baeli, she is responsible for changing the lives of thousands of residents through exercise and nutrition.  Jennifer has become rooted in the local communities and has contributed in many ways.

Jennifer is graduate of Monmouth University with a degree in Business Marketing and has extensive experience in sales.  She has sold products, services, software as a service and more however, none of those segments of her career left her feeling fulfilled or passionate.  It was only when she found THE MAX Challenge that she was able to feel truly fulfilled, using her ability to influence others in a positive way to help them make a difference in their health and fitness.

Jennifer led a fundraising team for Sunrise Day Camp, a day camp for children with cancer and their siblings which is free to the families.  The team raised a total of $4,500 to support the JCC’s efforts. The team also gathered items and created many raffle baskets that generated additional funds.

Jennifer has also led an effort on Staten Island known as the ‘MAX Day of Giving’ for two consecutive years benefiting Autism Speaks for a total of over $25,000.


April 29, 2018
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Bernikow JCC
1466 Manor Road
Staten Island, 10314


Sylvia Cohen

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