Message from the President and CEO

Published Friday, May 1, 2020 6:00 am

A Message From the President/CEO Saul F. Levenshus

By Saul F. Levenshus, President/CEO


Like most everyone I talk to these days, I am craving the type of human contact that transcends home and work life. Most of all, I am so looking forward to shaking a hand and giving a hug, to be able to once again enjoy the closeness that defines us as a community and a culture. And yet, I remain optimistic that we are slowly wading our way through these very challenging times, especially as we continue our efforts to prepare to return to operations, while bearing in mind that the health and safety of everyone in our community, physically, emotionally, and economically, is our highest priority.


During these challenging days and weeks, my spirit has been lifted up as I have observed our community rally together. There are so many individuals and entities who have made a difference. Thank you to the Jewish Federation and to all of the donors who supported the Federation’s efforts to raise funds as part of the Community Crisis Campaign, and especially the Blend Family for their amazing matching gift, which will help support our community during this unprecedented time of need. Thank you to our friends at Frost Bank who aided our efforts and those of a number of our sister agencies to help us successfully navigate the path through the SBA Loan process. Thank you to our staff, from Early Childhood, to Sports & Fitness, Seniors to Arts & Culture and every individual in between who has worked behind the scenes to continue our efforts to help us stay connected to you, our community. But mostly, thank you to each of you, our members, whose unwavering support raises us up and gives us purpose to keep moving forward and to stay prepared so we are ready and able to resume program and service operations when the opportunity presents itself.


Typically, this issue of the Center Peace is used to promote our Annual Meeting which formally introduces our new slate of Officers and Directors for 2021, and recognizes our achievements over the past year by acknowledging those individuals who have made it all possible. In light of current circumstances, this year’s event is slated to take place as a Virtual Event on Wednesday May 27, at 7:00pm (see more information below). We hope you will join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of those volunteers and staff who have been part of our success over the past 12 months. Once again, thank you for your continued support and generosity. We look forward to seeing you soon, and until then…please remain healthy and stay safe. 

Saul F. Levenshus

President & CEO


Awards Presentation | Slate of Officers | Outgoing Chair’s Message Incoming Chair’s Message | State of the J

Via Zoom • Here’s how to join: Look for an email from the JCC with a link to the Annual Meeting. Or Visit

Meeting opens at 6:45pm – Enjoy the Year in Review Slide Presentation

Meeting begins at 7pm.

Slate of JCC Officers and Directors for 2020 - 2021


Chairman of the Board: Leslie Hyman

Vice Chair: Rhonda Grimm

Vice Chair: Andy Jacobson

Vice Chair: Michael Rosenberg

Treasurer: Jeff Siegel

Secretary: Ava Weinstein

Immediate Past President: Adam Zeldes

Filling a 1 Year Term | 2020 – 2021

Rick Thorner

Filling a 2 Year Term | 2020 – 2022

Jen Eichelbaum

Filling a 3 Year Term | 2020-2023

David Abramson Phil Kolovson Alan Ross Jos Selig Alex Train

Special Thanks to Outgoing Board Members:

Tina Dinesman, Marsha Penner

2020 Award Recipients

Charninsky Award/Leader of the Year: Andy Jacobson

Charlie Pearl Award/Volunteer of the Year: Wendy Barker and Steven G. Kellman Lichtenstein

Award/Program of the Year: Life & Legacy™ | Beth Keough, Aliyah Kuchinsky, Jim Barshop, Danna Halff, Leslie Hyman & Adam Zeldes

Weldon C. Place Award/Sports & Fitness Achievement: Elliott Cappuccio

William Alter Awards/Emerging Leadership: David Abramson & Howard Kasanoff

Aunt Roselle Smith/BBYO Youth Leadership Awards: Gabe Wolf & Samantha Meyer

Gloria Seitzman Award/Staff of the Year: Baker Helton & Maisy Munson