Sidney Albert Community Service Award. was presented to the five  chairwomen of the 2017 Capital Region JCC Maccabi Games. From left, Michelle Ostrelich, Lauren Finkle, Joanna Goldberg, and Lauren Iselin, four of the five. Deb Gordon is not pictured.

The Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York’s 31st annual meeting was held on Thursday, June 14, at The Golub Center in Abany. The evening included installations of the board of directors and The Jewish Community Endowment Fund Board of Governors, and recognition of The President’s Award and The Sidney Albert Community Service Award recipients, and a community dessert reception.

 2018 Installations
Officers—Chairman Robert Finkle, Chairman-elect, David Siegfeld, Vice Chairman

Pictured from left, Danny Sanders, president of Harris A. Sanders Architects, Mike Bergman, Modern Carpet/Shaw Industries, and David Siegfeld, Jewish Federation of NENY Campaign chairman and the chairman-elect. The Federation’s annual meeting was sponsored by Harris A. Sanders Architects, Modern Carpet/Shaw Industries, and New Country Motor Group.

(general campaign), David Siegfeld, Vice Chairwoman (grants & allocations), Bette Kraut, Vice Chairwoman (Women’s Philanthropy president), Gilah Moses, Vice Chairwoman (planning), Jill Goodman, Secretary, Jeffrey Handelman, Treasurer, Douglas Goldman, and Assistant Treasurer, Dr. Robin Solomon.

Members— Andrew Abramowitz, Joy Davidoff, Malka Evan, Gary Ginsburg, Harlan Harrison, Karen Hausler, Dr. David Perlmutter, BJ Rosenfeld, Joshua Sabo, Garrett Sanders, Daniel Weinberg, and Gary Weiskopf.

Endowment Board of Governors—Carl Bloomberg, Dr. Robert Brass, Mark Glaser, Jeff Handelman, Karen Hausler, Jesse Holland, Dr. Edward Jacobs, Gail Kendall, Barry Larner, Neil Manasse, Jonathan Rosenblum, Dr. Gavin Setzen, and Dr. Robin Solomon.

The President’s Award
Mindy Holland and her husband Jesse Holand were presented with The President’s Award.

Mindy Holland came to this area to study at the University at Albany. As the president of Jewish Student Coalition/Hillel she discovered this community. Her first internship was at the Albany Jewish Federation. Her next internship was at the newly combined United Jewish Federation. (All the local Federations joined to make one entity.) While in school she worked at the Albany Jewish Community Center and was later a Hillel advisor. Her first professional job was as the director of the children’s department at the Schenectady Jewish Community Center. After 11 years, she became a school librarian and has been the librarian at Pinewood Intermediate School in Rotterdam for the past 16 years. She is the president of the Eastern NY School Library Media Association. She is the president of Congregation Gates of Heaven in SchenectadyShe has also been a volunteer for the local Jewish Federation, serving on the nominating committee, board and the strategic plan task force, She worked as a clue maker for the Daughters of Sarah Mystery Hunt.

Pictured from left, Robert Finkle, Jewish Federation of NENY chairman and  Jesse Holland, and Mindy Holland who were presented with the 2018 President’s Award at the recent annual meeting,

Jesse Holland  is the president and founder of Sunrise Management & Consulting and Sunrise Realty Advisors.  He is a leader in multi-family property management and over the past few years has branched out into development and real estate brokerage. Jesse has been treasurer of Congregation Gates of Heaven, board member of the Daughters of Sarah Foundation and on its endowment committee, a steering committee member of the Brandeis Baruch Society, on the Federation’s nominating committee, and  served on its  2012 Strategic Plan Committee.

He serves as the philanthropy and endowment chairman of Congregation Gates of Heaven, is vice chairman of the Federation Endowment Board, a member of the Federation’s board of directors, and chairman of the Federation’s Life and Legacy Committee.

 Mindy and Jesse Holland live in Niskayuna.

Sidney Albert Community Service Award
Lauren Finkle, Joanna Goldberg, Deb Gordon, Lauren Iselin and Michelle Ostrelich were the five co-chairwomen of the Capital Region JCC Maccabi Games. Their efforts merited the Sidney Albert Community Service Award.

The five, representing a cross section of area’s Jewish community, worked for 18 months, to choreograph and execute the Maccabi Games. Among their many responsibilities the five coordinated transportation, home hospitality, meals, snacks, evening social events, volunteers, Olympic style athletic events, medical needs, publicity and marketing.

Federation organizers said that this was “one of the most successful community strengthening events ever hosted within our geographical region.”