Merage JCC celebrates its gold medal volunteers

Published Wednesday, April 4, 2018




For thousands of years mezuzot have hung on the doorposts and gates of Jewish homes. The mezuzah is a symbol – a reminder – of Judaism’s most embraced tenets: peace and love.  On the doorsposts in our JCC another important value is posted; every staff member’s office bears a sign that reads

Volunteers are not paid, not because they are worthless,  but because they are priceless.

Hal Altman, Doris Chasin, and Cynthia Furst are truly invaluable to our JCC and we are excited to honor them at our annual Celebration Ball. Their generosity unites our community -- young and old, religious and non-observant --  and their dedication inspires us all.

Because of the leadership of our honorees and hundreds of other volunteers, the Merage JCC has become a model for JCCs nationwide. Our volunteers are dedicated to creating life-changing experiences for our teens through the Maccabi Games and Artsfest, to ensuring that our youngest children discover Jewish values and mitzvot in our preschool, to connecting our seniors to our growing Jewish community , and to helping our families create Jewish memories.

Chaired by Wendy Stark and held each spring, the Celebration Ball brings 300+ people together to celebrate the efforts of the JCC to build community. All proceeds from the JCC Celebration Ball support scholarships. In the past 12 years, Merage JCC has provided $2.5 million in scholarships to youth to attend preschool, camp, Maccabi Games and after school programming. The Ball is open to the community and those who want to support and celebrate the honorees.

Tickets for the gala are $250 per person and available at