The Jewish Board Of Family And Children's Services Fete

Story & Photos By: Lieba Nesis

Jean Shafiroff

Emily Schwartz Board President, Alice Tisch Honoree,
 Fred Yerman And Honoree - Emily Steinman

The Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services (JBFCS) held its annual dinner at the Plaza Hotel on Thursday, with hors d' oeuvres starting at 6:30PM. 

Eric Goldstein, President of UJA, Jean Shafiroff , Board Member
And Past Honoree, With Alice Tisch, President Of Jewish Board

 This organization, which has been in existence for over 140 years, has over 3,300 employees and serves over 43,000 New Yorkers annually at its community-based programs and treatment centers. This evening the ballroom was replete with philanthropists Jean Shafiroff, Alice Tisch, and Carol and Jerry Levin. The colors of the evening were black and white with honoree Emily Steinman in a black and white Alexander McQueen, Jean Shafiroff in a black and white Oscar de la Renta, and Karen Krasner in a black and white Valentino.

Lieba Nesis
 After a busy cocktail hour, the guests headed from the second floor ballroom to the third floor dinner hall for some speeches, kosher food, and animated conversation. After a benediction was recited over the kosher food the guests were introduced to Alice Tisch, Board President, who presented the Yerman-Steinman family with the "Madeleine Borg Lifetime Service Award." Fred Yerman, a partner at Kaye Scholer, became a trustee of the Board in 1981 and is currently Honorary President. Moreover, Fred's daughter Emily has been a trustee of the Jewish Board for the past 10 years and spoke about the meaningfulness the Jewish Board has for her and two daughters. Eric Goldstein, CEO of UJA, reiterated the importance of the alliance between UJA and the Jewish Board before Alice Tisch presented Emily Schwartz with the "Saul Z. Cohen Leadership Award". Schwartz has been a trustee of the Board since 2005 and has been deeply involved with UJA for the past 25 years spearheading fundraising in issues affecting children and families. During the dinner it was emphasized that JBFCS serves non-Jews as well with a video being shown of Tom Cleary, the son of an alcoholic father, who benefited from the mental health program. All these ingredients helped make this event an incredible success as CEO David Rivel said, "the Jewish Board thrives because of the commitment of the individuals honored tonight." That dedication was manifested by the over 350 people who attended a dinner which raised $1.3 million.