7th Annual Jack Hirsch Memorial Breakfast
The Jewish National Fund’s 7th Annual Jack Hirsch Memorial Breakfast took place on April 21, 2010 at Ahavath Achim Synagogue in Atlanta, GA, and drew a crowd of over 300 community members and friends of Israel. The evident excitement of celebrating JNF’s work in Israel and her independence made this event a highlight for 2010.
The Breakfast began at 7:30 a.m. with the National Anthem and exhibiting JNF’s projects in the Negev--Be’er Sheva Riverwalk and Aleh Negev--and continued by bestowing two significant awards to two committed JNF supporters.
The Tree of Life award honored Israeli Consulate General to the Southeast, Ambassador Reda Mansour, for his outstanding community involvement, his dedication to the cause of American-Israeli friendship, and his devotion to peace and security of human life. The award recognizes leaders for their achievements and innovations in industry, government, and education.
Jay Zandman received The Cantor Isaac and Betty Goodfriend Community service award for his extraordinary and selfless contributions to the betterment of the land and people of Israel. The award is granted to an individual who exemplifies the Goodfriends’ spirit and has demonstrated a prolonged investment in JNF and Israel at the grassroots leadership level.
By 9 a.m., the Hatikvah had been beautifully sung and the left-over bagels were packaged for a local shelter. By the time most people were getting to work or getting their children off to school, over $60,000 was raised for Israel!
As Cantor Goodfriend, a beloved cantor in Atlanta, so simply and eloquently wrote to his Board of Directors when he was President of JNF: “Jewish National Fund is the people’s organization, it belongs to every Jew.” This feeling of ownership and solidarity for Israel and JNF undoubtedly resonated in everyone’s heart that Wednesday morning.
The Breakfast was hosted by co-chairs Dawn and Allan Zachariah along with a large host committee including: Beth & Joel Arogeti, David Birnbrey, Robin & Yaron Brill, Morris Brown, Gregg Cohen, David Cooper, Janis Dickman, Cobi Edelson, Leslie Gordon, Jane Schiff & Lon Gratz, Gladys Hirsch, Elisa Iteld, Barbara Frank & Michael Jacobson, Mark Kaufman, Judy & Marty Kogon, Bundi & Larry Lefkoff, Teresa & Abe Levine, Sharon & Mike Levison, Lisa & Alan Lubel, Lauren & Tim Mescon, Valerie & Michael Miller, Mechal Perl, Leon Pomerance, Robert Port, Steven Richman, Linda &Abe Schear, Ed Shartar, Michelle & Gary Simon, Todd Starr, Shellie & Bill Travis, Mark Weinstein, Michael Weinstock, Dawn & Allan Zachariah, Ronnie & Jay Zandman, and Ryan Ziegler.