PEABODY – Bagels, lox, whitefish, and pillars of the community – who could ask for anything more?
On May 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody, the Jewish Journal will host its third annual Menschions and Mimosas Gala Fundraiser to honor the hard work and good will of the 15 “mensches” it has profiled over the past year.
Neil Donnenfeld, president of the Journal board, believes that in troubled times, everyone could use an afternoon dedicated to good people performing mitzvot.
“This is a must-attend, feel-good event, and everyone knows we need as much good news as we can get,” he said. “This is a celebration and a recognition of the best that people in our community have to offer. We celebrate their imagination and their caring.”
The mensches who have been honored are a diverse group, both in terms of geography and the lives they lead. This year’s gala will honor Melissa Caplan, Steven P. Cohen, Dr. Irv Danesh, Amy Farber, Carl Goldman, Mike and Arlene Goodstein, Todd Levine, Adele Lubarsky, Ed Medros, Betsy Mullen, Jim Rudolph, Anne Selby, Bruce Siegel, Judi Simmons and Sue Weiss. Read their stories here.
Over decades, these mensches have built buildings, chaired boards, led capital campaigns, grown organizations, coached games, written books, taught children to read, swim, and sing – and even catered Jewish Journal fundraisers.
After an hour or so of schmoozing and noshing on Larry Levine’s gourmet spread, each honoree will receive an award and have the opportunity to give a few brief remarks. This will be followed by a live auction that will include packages of Red Sox tickets, and 18 holes of golf for two at the Ipswich Country Club courtesy of Giblees Menswear and Tuxedos of Danvers – which has provided matching outfits to go with it.
The gala celebrates not only the mensches, but the Journal itself. “This is the embodiment of the transformation of the Jewish Journal into a positive, relevant, community-based, community-building institution,” said Donnenfeld, who recalls the first gala at the JCC of the North Shore, which attracted roughly 180 people as a critical turning point for the nonprofit Journal, which prints 15,000 papers each edition and mails them free to Jewish and interfaith families in Greater Boston. Last year’s event at Temple B’nai Abraham in Beverly attracted 225 people and raised $45,000 for the Journal.
Tickets are still available for the 2019 gala. Individual seats are $54, and tables for 10 are $800. Tickets are available for purchase at the top of the jewishjournal.org homepage or by calling 978-745-4111 x130. If you would like to advertise your business and congratulate this year’s mensches, contact Journal Editor Steven Rosenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org to buy a section of the ad book.