JTS to Honor Dix Hills Community Leaders at Brunch

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950
Email: nijacobson@jtsa.edu

April 30, 2007, New York, NY

Sheri and Bernard Vishnick and Lorna and Bernard Miro, community and synagogue leaders, will be honored by The Jewish Theological Seminary and Dix Hills Jewish Center at a brunch at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 20, at the Dix Hills Jewish Center, 555 Vanderbilt Parkway.

Rabbi Marc Wolf, Senior Director of Community Development at JTS, will be the keynote speaker. Rachel Hilker will be the guest speaker and soloist. The event will benefit JTS and sponsor The Rabbinic Training Institute, an annual continuing education program for rabbis in the field.

The Vishnicks, who will receive the Judge Simon H. Rifkind Award, are longtime members of the Dix Hills Jewish Center, charter members of the US Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., and active in the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Bernard Vishnick, who has practiced law for thirty-eight years, is a Senior Partner in Capell Vishnick LLP, where he heads the Estate and Trusts Litigation Department. He was appointed by the Appellate Division and Administrative Judge of the State of New York as an attorney representing the Eleventh Judicial District for the Screening Committee of prospective judges in New York. Vice Chair of the Grievance Committee and a member of the Judiciary Committee of the Queens County Bar Association, he is also a member of the Nassau County Bar Association Estates and Trusts Litigation Committee, the New York State Trusts and Estates Committee, and is Vice President of Brandeis Lawyers Association.

Sheri Vishnick is a life member of Hadassah, a recipient of the PTA Jenkins Award, and was an officer of the Ripley Manor Civic Association and a Brownie/Girl Scout leader. Sheri has been a member of Sisterhood for thirty years. For the past twenty years, she has been the Chair of the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged, organizing senior-citizen luncheons and entertainment. She was also a registered nurse and head nurse at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center and at the New York City Department of Health. The Vishnicks have five children and two grandchildren.

The Miros have been members of the Dix Hills Jewish Center for fourteen years. Bernard Miro taught elementary school in East Islip, New York, where he went on to become a Vice Principal and Principal. He also taught at Dowling College, retiring after forty-two years. An integral part of the congregation, Mr. Miro supervises the weekly Friday evening Kiddush, assists with shivah minyanim, and teaches b’nai mitzvah students how to put on tefillin.

The Miros were formerly members of the Suffolk Jewish Center, where Mrs. Miro was an active member of the Sisterhood and recognized as a Woman of Achievement and Woman of the Year. A talented craftswoman, she is past President of her local Hadassah chapter and was twice the recipient of the Love of a Lifetime Award. The Miros have four children and ten grandchildren.

The couvert is $54 per person. Reservations are required by Monday, May 14. For further information and to RSVP, please contact Bonnie Epstein at (516) 496-9525 or by email.

Editors/Reporters: For further information, please contact Sherry S. Kirschenbaum in the Department of Communications at (212) 678-8953 or email.

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