JCCNV Chai Lights
New Faces at the Center!
Jennifer Kanarek recently joined the JCCNV as the new Community Engagement Coordinator. In that role, she serves as a concierge to Northern Virginians who are looking for stronger connections to the Jewish community. Her primary focus is helping families along their Jewish journey through creative programs and activities, providing resources, and connecting families to each other. While she primarily works with young families, she also serves as a resource to anyone looking for ways to be a part of the community.
Jennifer is well suited for this position. With more than 15 years of experience in both professional and lay leadership roles in the Jewish community, she recently completed her MSW with a concentration in management, leadership, and community practice at the University of Tennessee. She has worked in a variety of capacities within the community including public relations, marketing, and fundraising, and was previously part of the JCC family as a marketing director at the JCC in Manhattan overseeing Jewish learning, adult learning, spirituality and support programs ranging from grief to single parenting groups. Jennifer also knows a thing or two about “growing Jewish families” - she is the mother to two young girls; Ora, 3 and Nessa, 5 months. She enjoys live music, independent films, cooking, the ocean, the mountains, and most of all spending time with her family, and their dog Simcha.
Adi Eilat Crowley
Adi was born in Tel Aviv, Israel where she grew up, was part of the Israeli Navy, travelled the world, and eventually got her BA in Political Science from Hebrew University, in Jerusalem. Adi married her husband Don in 2000 and had their first child Leeanne, in 2003. Adi and her family relocatedto the United States in 2004 to Overland Park, Kansas where she obtained an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science and Accounting at Johnson County Community College, and welcomed her second child, Mia. She has had a great deal of experience in accounting, tax preparation, collections, and accounts receivable. Adi relocated to Fairfax this year and is excited to be a part of our JCCNV family.
33rd Annual JCCNV Fundraising Gala: A Signature Event
On November 16, the JCCNV was transformed into an elegant venue for our 33rd Annual Fundraising Gala. Co-chaired by Joan and Don Sacarob and Sophie and Howard Hoffman, the evening was a fundraising success and enjoyed by more than 250 guests.
The Gala began with a signature cocktail reception and time for friends to mingle and enjoy each other’s company. Rabbi Amy Perlin, of Temple B’nai Shalom, led a beautiful Havdallah service which was followed by dinner catered by Hoffman & Company. JCCNV President, Connie Pesachowitz, began the evening’s program by welcoming everyone to the event and speaking about the important work of the JCCNV. Our Executive Director, Jeff Dannick recognized the evening’s honorees — Trustee Circle members celebrating five years of generous support in the giving society — Tanya and Stephen Bodzin, Jane and Scott Brown, Mindy and Warren Cohen, Marilyn and Michael Hausfeld, Connie and Al Pesachowitz, and Deborah and David Yaffe. Ben Finkelstein then presented the Eleanor Sue Finkelstein Award for Special Needs to Honey W. Nashman for her exceptional work in the special needs community.
Following the presentations, patrons moved to the Chaiken Auditorium for a fabulous cabaret performance, “Broadway Musicals: The Jewish Voice,” directed by Matt Gardiner, Associate Artistic Director of Signature Theatre®. The evening was made complete with a decadent dessert reception following the show.
Au Revoir, Karen Stern!
In the spring, Karen Stern, JCCNV Camp and BASE Registrar, announced her retirement come this December, after working more than 25 dedicated years here at our Center. From her first office in the original JCCNV building (the “white house”) and throwing on a hardhat to give tours while the current JCCNV building was being built, to celebrating three very special “0” birthdays, and the birth of her six grandchildren, Karen has been a staple of our Center and will truly be missed. Please join us as we wish her the very best, including her first summer of relaxation in 26 years (in 2014)!