JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL OF NEW YORK (JCRC-NY) 2021 VIRTUAL GALA RAISED A RECORD $2.7M
SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO JCRC-NY’S BRIDGE BUILDER OF 36 YEARS MICHAEL S. MILLER, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CEO, FEATURED AWARD PRESENTATION BY MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG.
The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY) hosted a record-breaking 2021 Virtual Gala last night that drew 400 attendees and set an all-time fundraising record of more than $2.7 million that will help ensure that JCRC-NY can continue its vital work uniting all New Yorkers, Jewish and non-Jewish alike.
The event paid special tribute to JCRC-NY’s Bridge Builder of 36 years, Michael S. Miller, as he steps aside as Executive Vice President and CEO and becomes CEO Emeritus. Errol Louis, Political Anchor of Spectrum News NY1, conducted a comprehensive and informative interview with Michael, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented the inaugural Rabbi Israel Miller and Rabbi Michael S. Miller Generation to Generation Award, named in honor of Michael and in memory of his father.
Michael Douglas, Academy Award winning actor and producer and United Nations Messenger of Peace, presented a special award to Gustave K. Lipman and his family as they launched the inaugural Barbara and Ira A. Lipman Community Security Award in loving memory of their parents.
Acting Consul General of Israel in New York Israel Nitzan and UJA-Federation of New York President Amy A. B. Bressman are among the community leaders who delivered special greetings.
“It was bittersweet to pay tribute to our CEO, Michael Miller, as he steps aside after 36 years to become CEO Emeritus. We are so grateful to President Bill Clinton for delivering a personal message and to Mayor Michael Bloomberg for presenting a special award to Michael whose enduring legacy will forever be a bedrock of the JCRC-NY family. It was also most meaningful to witness the symbolic passing of the baton from Michael to our new CEO, Gideon Taylor, who will officially begin his tenure on July 1,” said JCRC-NY President Cheryl Fishbein.
The evening included a stirring new music video commissioned by JCRC-NY from a capella groups Naturally 7 and The Maccabeats, which made its debut featuring a powerful rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” with special permission from Paul Simon, and “Gesher Tzar Me’od, The Whole World is a Narrow Bridge.”
JCRC-NY, a proud UJA-Federation of NY agency, serves as the primary community relations agency for the Jewish community in the metropolitan New York area. As an active force in New York civic and communal life, JCRC-NY operates as a central coordinating and resource body to: (1) Be a common table to cultivate understanding and joint action amongst diverse groups within the Jewish community; (2) Cultivate deeper relationships with the broader New York community to address critical issues and engender a shared society; (3) Ensure the security of the Jewish community in the face of rising antisemitism; and (4) Foster understanding and appreciation for the Jewish community’s relationship with Israel, and to increase knowledge, exposure, and support for Israel among diverse groups of New Yorkers.
New York Jewish Guide