It’s been an unprecedented era of challenges for our community. At this pivotal moment of recovery and rebuilding, please join us virtually for The South Shore Inaugural as we pay tribute to Susan and Steven Schlaff, and to Rabbi Bruce and Rachel Ginsburg, while celebrating UJA’s life-changing work.
We’ll also hear from Deborah Lipstadt, nominated by the President to the position of Special Envoy to Combat Antisemitism with the rank of Ambassador.
We encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to celebrate with our dynamic community and to give as generously as you are able in recognition of UJA’s transformative work.
The suggested minimum gift is $500 or more to UJA’s 2022 Annual Campaign, or $250 for first-time participants. With your gift, you’ll have the special opportunity to attend other select UJA-Federation events during the 2022 campaign year.
There is no charge to attend the event this year. In lieu of paying the ticket charge, please consider making an increase in your gift to the annual campaign.
The Inaugural will feature a Scroll of Honor. Please join us in demonstrating your support by making a gift to the 2022 Annual Campaign. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
The deadline for the Scroll of Honor is Friday, October 29, 2021. Your participation in the Scroll of Honor is completely voluntary, although we hope you will agree to have your name listed for the Inaugural and our Long Island Honor Roll.
Leadership Circle $36,000+*
Champion $18,000+ *
Guardian $10,000+ *
Community Leader $1,800+
* A contribution of $10,000 or more includes membership in one or more of UJA's donor giving societies: Tzedek Society ($10,000+), King David Society ($25,000+), Ambassador's Round Table ($50,000+), and Prime Minister's Council ($100,000+). Membership includes exclusive access to briefings, volunteer experiences, missions, and other benefits.
The Mark Ramer Community Leadership Award is presented to a leader or family who most clearly demonstrates the outstanding qualities of caring, chesed, and community leadership exemplified by the late Mark Ramer.
We are proud to honor Susan and Steven Schlaff for their outstanding contributions to the community. Both Susan and Steven are leaders in the south shore community and have held positions in education, politics, community service organizations, religious institutions, and with UJA-Federation. They continue to set the standard for their outstanding contributions.
We are paying tribute to Rabbi Bruce and Rebbetzin Rachel Ginsburg for 30 years of devoted leadership to Congregation Sons of Israel and the community, and for their dedication to UJA-Federation.
Beyond their central roles of rabbi and rebbetzin, the Ginsburgs are role models of true community leaders. They have been actively involved in countless aspects of local life including participation in many programs benefiting the synagogue, the Jewish community, and the community at large.
As staunch friends of UJA, they have been at the forefront of many programs, events, and fundraising efforts both in Rabbi Ginsburg’s roles as spiritual leader as well as their joint personal participation and support. We thank them and wish them all the best as they make aliyah and begin the next chapter of their journey on Rabbi Ginsburg’s retirement in June.
Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, has published and taught about the Holocaust and antisemitism for close to 40 years. Professor Lipstadt’s book Antisemitism: Here and Now was published to stellar reviews and awarded the 2019 National Jewish Book Award. Publisher’s Weekly described it as “measured and carefully noninflammatory. Intelligent and evenhanded.” Kirkus described it as a “tour de force.” The book has already appeared in a German and Hebrew translation and will appear in Polish, Italian, and French.
Professor Lipstadt is frequently called on by Congress to testify and consult on contemporary antisemitism. She testified before the House Foreign Relations Committee in February 2020 on contemporary antisemitism and potential responses by the United States.
Professor Lipstadt served as the 2019-2020 Ina Levine Invitational Scholar at the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.
She is probably most widely known because of the libel lawsuit brought against her in 1996 by David Irving for having called him a Holocaust denier. Irving then was then arguably the world’s leading denier.
After a ten-week trial in London in 2000, in an overwhelming victory for Professor Lipstadt, the judge found Irving to be a “pro-Nazi polemicist” who “perverts” history and engages in “racist” and “anti-Semitic” discourse. The London Daily Telegraph described the trial as having "done for the new century what the Nuremberg tribunals or the Eichmann trial did for earlier generations." The Times of London described it as "history has had its day in court and scored a crushing victory." According to The New York Times, the trial "put an end to the pretense that Mr. Irving is anything but a self-promoting apologist for Hitler."
Her TED talk about the trial has received 1.5 million views. The movie Denial, starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkenson with a screenplay by David Hare, tells the story of this legal battle. It is based on Professor Lipstadt’s book History on Trial: My Day in Court With A Holocaust Denier (Harper Collins 2006) and recently reissued as Denial (Harper Collins 2016). The film was nominated for a BAFTA as one of the best British films of the year.
Professor Lipstadt has written Holocaust: An American Understanding (Rutgers, 2016) which explores how America has understood and interpreted the Holocaust since 1945.
Her book The Eichmann Trial (Schocken/Nextbook 2011) published in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Eichmann trial, was called by Publisher’s Weekly, “a penetrating and authoritative dissection of a landmark case and its after effects.” The New York Times Book Review described Deborah Lipstadt as having “done a great service by… recovering the event as a gripping legal drama, as well as a hinge moment in Israel’s history and in the world’s delayed awakening to the magnitude of the Holocaust.”
She has also published Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust (Free Press, 1986) which surveys what the American press wrote about the persecution of the Jews in the years 1933-1945.
She is currently writing a biography of Golda Meir for the Yale University Press Jewish Lives series. She is also co-writing with Erica Brown a book on forgiving entitled Sorry Not Sorry.
She has taught for the Wexner Foundation in all its programs for over thirty years.
At Emory Professor, Lipstadt directs the website known as HDOT (Holocaust Denial on Trial www.hdot.org), which contains a complete archive of the proceedings of Irving v. Penguin UK and Deborah Lipstadt. It also provides answers to frequent claims made by deniers.
In 2019 she won the Emory Mentorship award and in 2020 the Exemplary Teaching award. Both are university-wide awards and only one is given each year. Lipstadt has won the Emery Williams Teaching Award. She was selected for the award by alumni as the teacher who had most influenced them.
Professor Lipstadt was an historical consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and helped design the section of the Museum dedicated to the American response to the Holocaust.
She has held a presidential appointment to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council (from Presidents Clinton and Obama) and was asked by President George W. Bush to represent the White House at the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
She has lectured in a wide variety of places including West Point, Sydney Opera House, Swedish Foreign Ministry, Melbourne Writers Festival, Hay on Wye Writers Festival, among many others.
Professor Lipstadt is frequently quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Forward, and Tablet. She regularly appears on BBC, CNN, NPR, and PBS among many others.
South Shore Executive Committee Chair
Cori and Howard Berke
Ilene and Larry Cohen
Robin and Michael Feldman
Arlene and Larry Gilbert
Nancy and Alan Hoffman
Raquel and Lee Israel
Jackie and Ron Kaminer
Stephanie and Steven Kaufman
Adrienne and Geoffrey Lurie
Joan and Martin Rosen
Gail and Richard Rubel
Shari and Alex Salomon
Nancy and Steven Stern
Leslie and Joshua Wanderer
South Shore Executive Committee
Rabbi Aaron Feigenbaum
Rabbi Bruce Ginsburg
Rabbi Steven Graber
Rabbi Kenneth Hain
Rabbi Claudio Kupchic
Mary Anna Price
Rabbi Michel Schlesinger
Rabbi Sholom Stern
Rabbi Ya’akov Trump
Rabbi Elie Weinstock
Northwell Health Nurse Choir
The Northwell Health Nurse Choir received Howie Mandel’s Golden Buzzer on America’s Got Talent by showing their resilience. The nurses are part of Northwell Health, New York’s largest health system, which treated more Covid-19 patients than any other health system in the U.S. They faced exhaustion and despair, but found that by relying on each other, they could get through tragedy and toil. And now, by raising their voices together, they are finding encouragement and spreading joy.