FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 10, 2012
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Westchester Legislators Celebrate
Jewish History & Heritage Month
White Plains, NY – The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) celebrated Jewish History & Heritage Month tonight at its regular meeting and honored Colonel David Everett, U. S. Army Reserve (Retired) and the Westchester Jewish Council, as well as the county’s Jewish War Veterans.
The program for the Jewish History & Heritage Month celebration at the BOL included a presentation of colors by the Hawthorne American Legion Post 112 Color Guard and a rendition of “America the Beautiful” by the JAMMERS, an 8th grade girls a cappella group from the Solomon Schecter School of Westchester. Naval Chaplain Rabbi Harry Pell, White Plains resident, delivered the invocation.
“Our Nation has always been both a haven and a home for Jewish Americans,” said BOL Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) in his remarks at this evening’s celebration. “Countless Jewish immigrants have come to our shores seeking better lives and opportunities, from those who arrived in New Amsterdam long before America’s birth, to those of the past century who sought refuge from the horrors of pogroms and the Holocaust. While immeasurably enriching our national culture, Jewish Americans have also maintained their own unique identity. During Jewish American Heritage Month, we celebrate this proud history and honor the invaluable contributions Jewish Americans have made to our Nation.”
Colonel David Everett, a Larchmont resident and attorney, is Vice President of the Jewish Board of Family And Children’s Services and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Visitors of the CUNY School of Law. He is also past Chairman of Jewish Big Brothers and Big Sisters of New York. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in both Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom and the Department of Defense Meritorious Service medal for his service in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Ronald E. Burton, President of the Westchester Jewish Council (WJC) and a New Rochelle resident, accepted a proclamation on behalf of the organization. Founded in 1975, the WJC serves as the central coordinating, advisory and resource body for the County’s Jewish community, representing over 140 Jewish organizations and serving 150,000 Jewish residents.
In remarks directed to the many Jewish war veterans and their family members present at tonight’s celebration, Jenkins noted the veterans “have contributed to protecting American principles of liberty, equal rights, and justice for all, while combating powers of bigotry, wherever originating and whatever their target…(and) continue to lend their service through support of current service members, participation in natural disaster relief, and their continued vigilance in making sure their fallen comrades are honored.”
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