JTS to Honor Community Leaders at Dessert Reception (East Rockaway)


May 11, 2006, New York, NY

Community leaders Charlotte and George Berch and Janie and Michael Krasne will be honored by The Jewish Theological Seminary and the Hewlett–East Rockaway Jewish Centre (HERJC) at a dessert reception at 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7. Rabbi David Hoffman, a Rabbinic Fellow at JTS, will be the guest speaker.

Charlotte and George Berch been actively involved in all facets of synagogue life in their thirty–seven years as members of the Hewlett–East Rockaway Jewish Centre. Charlotte Berch is a member of the HERJC Board of Directors and has served, among others, on the Dinner Dance Journal, Social Action, Bazaar, Ritual, Education, and Cantor's Screening committees. She has served as Sisterhood Parliamentarian, Administrator, and on the Board of Directors. Honored by HERJC's Torah Fund, she has also been recognized by the Women's League of Conservative Judaism. For the last sixteen years she has been the editor of Hakol, the synagogue's award–winning magazine. Mrs. Berch is a Life Member of Emunah of America, Hadassah, and the National Council of Jewish Women, and was the office manager and assistant to the executive director of Emunah of America for fourteen years.

George Berch is a member of the Board of Directors at HERJC. He was Chairman of the Bikur Cholim Committee, and served on the Rabbinic Selection, Nominating, and Dinner Dance committees, among others. He was also a member of the Board of Education at HERJC for ten years, four of them as Chairman. A retired New York City School teacher, Mr. Berch served on the Lynbrook School Board for twenty–one years; as volunteer at St. Francis Hospital for sixteen years; and as a member of the Pastoral Care Committee of Franklin Hospital Medical Center. Recipients of the 2004 Five Towns Jewish Council Humanitarian Award, Mr. and Mrs. Berch have three children and four grandchildren.

Janie Krasne is an active member of the HERJC Sisterhood, National Council of Jewish Women, Hadassah, Community Chest, and City of Hope. A native of Long Island, she received a BA in marketing from C.W. Post of Long Island University, and worked for Better Homes and Gardens Direct Marketing. Michael Krasne serves on the HERJC Board of Directors and its Ritual and Cantorial Search Committees. Born in Brooklyn, Michael attended East Midwood Jewish Center where he was greatly influenced by Jewish learning. Part owner and operator of Krasne's Supermarkets for thirty years, he currently works in real estate development and management. He is a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals for the Village of Woodsburgh. The Krasnes have two children.

Reservations are required by Tuesday, May 30. For further information and to RSVP, please contact Bonnie Epstein at (516) 496–9525 or email.

Editors/Reporters: For further information about the dessert reception or JTS, contact Sherry S. Kirschenbaum, Director of Media Relations, at (212) 678–8953 or email.

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