PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- A record-breaking 550 guests joined UJA-Federation of New York on Thursday, March 10, for a performance by The Fab Faux at the historic Capitol Theatre in Port Chester for “Westchester Celebration: All Together Now.”
The event honored longtime leaders Jane and Norman Alpert of Harrison, and Sherry and Robert Wiener of Mamaroneck. Proceeds from the event benefitted UJA-Federation, which cares for New Yorkers of all backgrounds and for Jews everywhere, connects people to their Jewish communities, and responds to crises in New York, Israel and around the world.
The evening began with a buffet and cocktails in the historic venue. Guests then found their seats in the theater, where a program introduced them to the work of UJA-Federation Rabbi Michael Paley, the Pearl and Ira Meyer Scholar-in-Residence at UJA-Federation. Eric S. Goldstein, UJA-Federation’s CEO, introduced the evening’s honorees.
“What they each have in common is that they are the kind of philanthropists who get deeply involved in the issues they are passionate about — they roll up their sleeves in a very real way,” said Goldstein. “All of us — our community, Westchester, and the Jewish people — are better because of what they do.”
Jane Alpert and Robert Wiener accepted the honor on behalf of their spouses, thanking the guests for their support of an organization they care about deeply.
“UJA-Federation helped us feel connected to a welcoming community that truly feels like family,” said Alpert. “This is a network of people who share a commitment to a common cause, an understanding of the importance of tzedakah [charity], and a desire to do what they can to help those in need. This community is you.”
After thanking the guests, UJA-Federation’s Westchester Regional Chair Martine Fleishman of Harrison welcomed iconic D.J. Dennis Elsas, who has worked with rock legends for 40 years. Elsas introduced The Fab Faux, who Rolling Stone magazine calls “the greatest Beatles cover band without the wigs.”
Lois Kohn-Claar and Gary Claar of Scarsdale, Randi and Dan Kreisler of Pleasantville, and Harriet and Lenny Schleifer of Chappaqua, served as event chairs.