NCJW to continue 'Acts of Kindness' Mitzvah project

The National Council of Jewish Women will continue its efforts to benefit foster children throughout Onondaga County at the Nov. 2 awards luncheon honoring Margie Burstein, "Volunteer Extraordinaire," and former development director of both the Syracuse Jewish Federation and Vera House.

"It would be wonderful if people attending the luncheon would bring along with them diapers, formula (both regular and soy), children's socks, new blankets, and new or gently used children's coats and snowsuits for NCJW to donate to Onondaga County Children's Division," said project chair Robin Goldberg. "For those unable to attend the luncheon, a second drop-off has been arranged for Sunday, Nov. 8, between 10 a.m. and noon in the parking lot of the Bank of America branch located in front of Wegmans in DeWitt. The entire community is invited to participate in this project."

The Hannah G. Solomon Award is a national award presented by individual sections of the National Council of Jewish Women. It is named for the founder of NCJW and is given to women who have demonstrated exceptional service to both the Jewish community and the community-at-large. Based on the depth of her service both to the teaching profession and the greater Central New York community, Burstein is indeed an exceptionally worthy recipient.

Burstein, a former F-M teacher, LGBTQ Center tutor and fundraising expert, was named a 2005 Women of Business Award winner for her development work on behalf of Vera House. She also served as educational consultant to the Rite Aid Drug Quiz Show as well as to the US Office of Career Education for Women's American ORT. Over the years, Burstein generously shared her talents with InterFaith Works, Syracuse Jewish Federation, Menorah Park, Syracuse Jewish Family Service, Rabbi Epstein School of Jewish Studies, Temple Adath Yeshurun, SU Hillel and Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority. Currently she is Co-Chair of the Hamilton White Society and a member of the Leadership Development Cabinet of the United Way.

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