Exemplifying the theme “One Good Deed Leads to Another,” 19 women from throughout Monmouth County were recognized for their service to the community at The Main Event of the Jewish Federation of Monmouth County Women’s Philanthropy, May 8 at Congregation Magen David in West Deal.
Women’s Philanthropy copresident Robin Wander of Bradley Beach told the 436 attendees the ways in which each honoree creates the conditions for passing on mitzvot.
Keynote speaker Alina Spaulding of Nashville shared the story of her family’s immigration from the former Soviet Union to the United States, describing how support from the Jewish federation helped their successful integration into their new home and led to their being able to help others. Spaulding urged audience members to continue to support the federation, pointing out that they may never know the people whose lives they have touched, but citing her own story as proof that such support can change lives.
The program opened with a musical presentation by the fourth- and fifth-grade girls’ choir of Hillel Yeshiva in Ocean Township. Women’s Philanthropy copresident Sheryl Grutman of Manalapan welcomed the attendees with remarks highlighting the goals and accomplishments of the organization over the last four years.