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WJC Family Fest: Annual FUNdraising Gala Reimagined

June 9, 2024, 4:00 pm

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Join us for a community gathering as we celebrate the bonds that unite us! Our reimagined FUNdraising WJC Family Fest will be a chance to connect with fellow congregants young and old, share our love for Israel, and raise funds to help build a bright future together. Plus, we’ll celebrate our honorees Joanna Liebman, Jonathan Berg, and the entire Strategic Task Force.

WJC Family Fest: A Fun-Filled Celebration of Jerusalem & YOU!

Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 9th, 4 PM as the Westchester Jewish Center celebrates the WJC Family Fest! This year, we’re reimagining our annual fundraiser with a vibrant celebration of Yom Yerushalayim, Israeli culture, and YOU, our amazing community!

Here’s what awaits:

  • Unleash your love Israeli culture with Gaga, dance workshops, and more!
  • Explore Israeli culture with jewelry making, Shinshin-led activities, and a taste of Israel through a bustling “Shuk” market.
  • Raise a glass (or two!) while indulging in delicious snacks and hors d’oeuvres.
  • Dance the night away with a live DJ and ballroom dance lessons in our festive gym.
  • Enjoy delectable food and entertainment tailored for adults, older kids, and younger children.
  • Indulge in sweet treats for a delightful end to the evening.
  • We’re constantly adding more exciting elements, so stay tuned!

This year, we’re continuing the tradition of our online Journal, a vital source of fundraising for WJC. Secure your ad spot and show your support! (Details below.)

RSVP and secure your spot by June 3rd! Don’t miss this energetic celebration of our honorees, Israeli culture, and the heart of our WJC family.



Tickets + Journal Ads

Individual Ticket $125 1 Adult ticket
Child Ticket (5-17) $30 1 Child’s ticket (*contact event chairs if 1 adult bringing multiple children)
Family Tickets $280 2 Adult tickets + children
Young Family Tickets $250 2 Adult tickets + children under 5
Carob Cultivator $18,000 Activity/Entertainment Sponsor; Full Page ad; 10 adult or family
Pomegranate Pollinator $10,000 Activity/Entertainment Sponsor; Full Page ad; 8 adult or family
Olive Tree Tiller $5,000 Children’s Activity Sponsor; Full Page ad; 4 adult or family
Date Palm Protector $3,600 Full Page ad; 4 adult or family
Fig Tree Founder $1,800 Full Page ad; 3 adult or family
Grapevine Grower $1,000 Full Page ad; 2 adult or family
Barley & Wheat Booster $613 Half Page ad; 2 adult or family
Orange Tree Overseer $360 Third Page ad; 1 adult ticket
Name Listing Plus Ticket/Milk & Honey Mensch $225 Name listing plus 1 ticket
Name Listing/Milk & Honey Mensch $100 Name listing only
The Shuk (Merchant/business card ads)
$200 1 of 4 business cards on a screen/page
$100 Name & address listing


This Year’s Honorees

Joanna Liebman

Joanna and her husband Jared joined WJC in 2015, enrolling their children in the ECC.  Nathan, Daphne, and their parents quickly found friends from those classes and other WJC connections to whom they remain close today.  Jo was lucky enough to travel to Israel last summer with a group of women that included five of those dear WJC friends. 

Much of what drew Jo to work on the Strategic Plan was to help WJC remain a place that fostered those kinds of relationships – where kids and adults could find close and lasting connection to each other.  It was especially important to her that the Plan helped the synagogue be a place where any community member could find services, classes, and programs that they felt comfortable with and welcomed at, regardless of prior knowledge or religious background. 

In addition to chairing the Strategic Planning Committee, Joanna serves as a Trustee. She is proud to have worked on updating WJC’s membership forms and dues structures so that they reflect our commitment to inclusion and recognition of all types of families.  Jo was also privileged to partner with Cantor Goldberg on two cycles of the Faith and Family initiative, helping to build a community of parents thinking about family through a Jewish lens.

Jo feels lucky to have been able to work with and get to know Jonathan through the Strategic Planning process.  She also feels fortunate to have been able to work with so many members of the community – from the Community Conversations, to the committee itself, and then to co-chairs and members of the task forces.  Thank you to everyone who worked on this project for dedicating so much time and thoughtfulness to making our community a more inclusive and meaningful home for all of us.  And thanks to her family for being her motivation for all of it.  

Jonathan Berg

Upon joining the WJC family in 2014, Jonathan and his wife Virginie immediately recognized and embraced the community’s warmth and openness. As they watched their children, Sam and Noa, grow to celebrate their B’nei Mizvot, the inclusive spirit of WJC made the shul the Berg family’s spiritual home and prompted them to become involved in our community.

Jonathan has taken on many responsibilities at WJC, including co-chairing the Family, Youth, Education Committee (FYEC) before becoming a Trustee and Officer. He is often found working behind-the-scenes on surveys, analyses and process improvements.
In his role as co-chair of WJC’s Strategic Committee, Jonathan has had the unique opportunity to connect with a wide range of community members, ranging from the deeply committed to those still finding their voice. This experience has underscored for him his long-held belief that we’re at our best when diverse perspectives and special talents come together united by the common goal of seeing our synagogue flourish.
As a WJC Officer, Jonathan upholds his vision for WJC as one of continued inclusivity and engagement, ensuring that every member, from youngest to oldest, feels a sense of belonging and the opportunity to contribute to the community’s vibrant future.

Jonathan would like to thank his co-chair, Joanna Liebman, the members of the Strategic Planning Committee and task forces as well as the clergy and staff for their support and dedication. He would also like to thank his wife Virginie for her council, and his family for putting up with so many meetings. 

Strategic Planning committee
Ron Mandel
Gail Marcus
Melissa Pianko
Sandi Rosenbaum
Kate Schein
Scott Sholder
Jacques Steinberg
Karen Abravanel
Rebecca Baron
Amy Bennett
Tracey Levy
Jennifer Winters

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