New Jersey NCSY Hosts Scholarship Breakfast, 2/26 in Teaneck

17 Feb 2012


New Jersey NCSY will host its annual Bergen County Scholarship Breakfast on Sunday, February 26. The event will honor Alyssa and Baruch Colton of Teaneck, and Machla and Rabbi Ian Shaffer of Fair Lawn; and present Elliot and Zahava Rothschild of Teaneck with the Avot U’Banot Award. The breakfast, hosted in Teaneck by NCSY supporters Alissa & Shimmie Horn, will take place from 9:30a.m.-11:00.a.m.

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All proceeds raised from the breakfast go directly to NCSY’s Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Fund enables unaffiliated Jewish teens to take part in NCSY’s social, educational and recreational activities throughout New Jersey who would not be able to afford to do so otherwise.

Rabbi Yaakov Glasser, Regional Director of New Jersey NCSY, said, “This year’s scholarship breakfast features individuals who personify NCSY’s partnership with the Bergen County Community in inspiring Jewish teens. NCSY’s programs promote the integration of unaffiliated Jewish youth, into the homes, synagogues, and lives of our community”

According to Rabbi Steven Burg, International Director of NCSY, “This event is always one of the most beautiful events of the year. There is nothing like seeing a room full of community members getting together to raise scholarship money so NCSY can continue connecting with unaffiliated teens.”

Baruch and Alyssa Colton have supported NCSY for many years, and hosted numerous events in their home. Their daughters, Chani and Gavriella, participated in NCSY as teens and Chani is currently a member of New Jersey NCSY’s Regional Board. Baruch was a board member of the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey (RYNJ) and sits on the adult education committee of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck.

Machla and Rabbi Ian Shaffer are life-long activists in Jewish communal service. Rabbi Shaffer served as a pulpit Rabbi in the Belmont Synagogue in London and was also involved in the founding of Emanuel College, London, where he was the Assistant Director of Jewish Studies, teaching for for ten years. He currently teaches at Stern College for Women and runs the kosher program at Barnard College, also serving the students of Columbia University. He recently retired from 13 years as a popular teacher at Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies.

Machla ran the Partnership 2000 program of the Jewish Federation of Bergen County for six years and is currently the Executive Assistant to the clergy of Temple Emanu-el in Closter. Their son Yechiel was involved as an NCSYer; served as NCSY New Jersey’s Education Director; and now serves as Assistant Rabbi at The Hampton Synagogue.

Zahava Rothschild started her leadership role in NCSY as a teenager. After high school, she continued her involvement as an advisor for the Teaneck chapter and staffed The Jerusalem Journey (TJJ), a popular NCSY summer program for public school teens. Zahava has integrated her work with NCSY students into the inspiration given from her family. She has also worked with Friendship Circle and taught in Beth Shalom. Her father Elliot is the President of Rinat Yisrael Synagogue in Teaneck and an active NCSY supporter and alumnus. The Rothschilds are constantly hosting NCSY students (both public school and yeshiva day school) at their home for onegs, Shabbat meals and general programs. In light of their constant involvement, Elliot & Zahava are truly deserving recipients of the Avot U’Banot award.

For more information about the breakfast or to register for the event, go to or call Marissa at 201-862-0250.

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