Woodbridge Jewish Federation presents Eisner Service Awards

615 JCC
615 JCC

WOODBRIDGE >> In the aftermath of a December 2016 fire, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven has honored first-responders, town officials, community volunteers, area synagogues and Jewish agencies with the Robert Eisner Community Service Award.

Named for the former JCC President Robert Eisner (1971-1974), the award was established in 1983 to honor individuals who made significant contributions in both the Jewish and secular communities.

This year’s Robert Eisner Community Service Award was presented to those who have helped the Jewish Federation and JCC of Greater New Haven through challenging times.

Larry Eisner, son of Robert Eisner, presented the award at the federation’s Annual Meeting on June 7.

“This year our community experienced a trauma when fire broke out at our JCC, and those who will now come forward deserve this honor and more. Some ran into the smoke and fire to rescue our property. Some provided shelter from the cold. Some stood with us, schlepped with us, and provided us a home away from home.”

Recipients are: Beth Israel Synagogue, Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department, First Selectman Ellen Scalettar, Police Department, Town Building Official Terry Gilbertson, Martin Halprin, David Trachten, Bikur Cholim Sheveth Achim, Brookdale Senior Living, Camp Laurelwood, Congregation B’nai Jacob, Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, Congregation Chabad Lubavitch, Congregation Mishkan Israel, Congregation Or Shalom, Congregation Sinai, Ezra Academy, Hebrew Congregation of Woodmont, Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven, Orchard Street Shul, Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy, Temple Beth David, Temple Beth Sholom, Temple Beth Tikvah, Temple Emanuel, Tower One/Tower East, the Westville Synagogue.