Yachad Gala Honors Leaders of Inclusion

23 Nov 2011


Yachad | Jewish Disabilities Integration/ The National Jewish Council for Disabilities (NJCD), the Orthodox Union agency that is the premier national center for families with special needs, recently hosted its annual National Dinner and Awards Presentation at Manhattan’s Bohemian National Hall.

The Gala Evening of Tribute honored three exceptional individuals dedicated to Yachad’s goals of Inclusion. Yachad’s IVDU High School in Brooklyn was renamed for its former principal Marilyn David, a”h, of Flatbush. The Gala Tribute marks the official dedication of IVDU High School as “The Marilyn David IVDU High School.”

Our Way, NJCD’s division for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, honored Dr. Ronald Hoffman with the “Our Way Award.”

The “Yachad Professional Leadership Award” was presented to Sarah Taub, Coordinator of Cleveland Yachad for the past 25 years.

Dr. Jeffrey Lichtman, National Director of NJCD, stated, “Because everyone belongs! That is the meaning of Inclusion, and it is what Yachad is all about. A large multi-faceted agency serving the broad Jewish community, Yachad facilitates the Inclusion of all people for the benefit of each individual and for the entire community. The Honorees recognized this year reflected the very best combination of professional and personal commitment to Inclusion.”

NJCD Chairman Aaron Kinderlehrer welcomed the packed room of close to 300 people.

The family of Marilyn David, a”h, commemorated the renaming of IVDU High School in her memory. From left: Dassi Silverman; Shari Markovitz; Sheldon David; Tamar Sheffey; Dr. Jeffrey Lichtman, NJCD National Director.

From left: Batya Jacob, Our Way National Program Director; Rabbi Eliezer Lederfeind, Our Way National Director; Dr. Mark Freilich, NJCD Executive Committee; Our Way Honoree Dr. Ronald Hoffman; Dr. Jeffrey Lichtman.

From left: Yachad Honoree Sarah Taub, of Cleveland; Dr. Jeffrey Lichtman; Rabbi Steven Burg, OU Managing Director.

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