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-Former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz
-Former NY City Councilman Michael C. Nelson

Councilmembers: -Darlene Mealy, Stephen Levin, Chaim Deutsch, David Greenfield

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-Jim Goldman, Charles Diker, Lloyd Handwerker, Hon Alice Fisher Rubin, Lowell Rubin, Raoul Felder bhs-logo2

Brooklyn Jewish Hall of Fame 2015

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BJHI Inducts First Brooklyn Jewish Hall of Fame

Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative (BJHI) inducts the 1st annual Brooklyn Jewish Hall of Fame with 12 inductees.

The Brooklyn Jewish Hall of Fame celebration was held on Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 5:30 pm at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

see JBS coverage of the event   see photos here   see press coverage here

“BJHI was created to tell the extraordinary story of the Jewish community of Brooklyn, so the world would know’ said Howard Teich, BJHI Founder and Co-chair, “and the BJHI Brooklyn Jewish Hall of Fame will recognize the leading Brooklynites who have truly made a difference in the world, and there are many.”

“We wanted to be sure that the first class had a representative balance,” said Sarina Roffé, BJHI Co-chair.   “So we have someone from the Russian community, the Syrian community, etc., as well as business leaders, social activists and entertainers.”

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will welcome the audience with introductory remarks

Jake Ehrenreich, a Brooklynite from Brownsville, actor/performer, producer of his one-man show, "A Jew Grows in Brooklyn" will Emcee the evening.

The evening will celebrate the Class of 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees connections to the Brooklyn Jewish community, and their extraordinary contributions during their lifetimes. 

A proud Brooklynite, US Senator Chuck Schumer, will be inducted and present remarks via Video.

After Awards are presented, the Inductees will participate in a panel discussion sharing their stories, which will be followed by a reception. The event is free to the public and light refreshments will be served.

BJHI, Inc is a 501c3 organization formed in 2008  to record, and celebrate the contributions of Brooklyn’s Jewish past, present and future. The BJHI website is now reaching thousands every month in Brooklyn and throughout the world.  For more information, visit brooklynjewish.org.

The Class of 2015 Inductees are:

  • Julie Budd – Singer/ Performer, latest CD SINATRA
  • Alan Dershowitz – Professor, author, and commentator
  • Charles Diker – Businessman, and Philanthropist
  • Fyvush Finkel – Yiddish Theater and Award Winning Actor
  • Henry Foner  - Labor Rights  Activist
  • Elizabeth Holtzman – former member of Congress, attorney and author
  • Marty Markowitz – former Brooklyn Borough President and cheerleader,  VP Borough Tourism NYC&Co.
  • Rabbi Joseph Potasnik – Rabbi, Executive Director, NY Board of Rabbis, Chaplain of NYFD.
  • Sen. Charles Schumer -
  • Joseph Shamie – Co-President, Delta Enterprises
  • Rabbi Mordechai Tokarsky - National Director, Russian American Jewish Experience
  • Iris Weinshall - Vice Chancellor, CUNY
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BJHI depends on your support to continue to grow, and document the past, present and future history of the Brooklyn Jewish community.  We are thrilled that last month over 4,000 people came to the BJHI website, and this number continues to expand together with the number of pages visited and time spent.  And over 10% of the visits are international, with Ukraine and Israel numbers 2 and 3 on the list of visitors.  This is a tax-deductible gift that helps us year-round, and you will be given a significant listing on the BJHI website on a special donors page.  We thank you in advance for your support.

JBudd

Julie Budd Singer/ Performer, latest CD SINATRA

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Hon Elizabeth Holtzman Former member of Congress, attorney and author

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Alan Dershowitz Professor, author, and commentator

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Hon Marty Markowitz Former Brooklyn Borough President and cheerleader,  VP Borough Tourism NYC&Co.

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CDiker

Charles Diker Businessman, and Philanthropist

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JPostanik

Rabbi Joseph Potasnik Rabbi, Executive Director, NY Board of Rabbis, Chaplain of NYFD.

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FFinkel

Fyvush Finkel Yiddish Theater and Award Winning Actor

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jShamieJoseph Shamie Co-President, Delta Enterprises

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Henry Foner Labor Rights  Activist

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Hon Charles Shumer US Senator for NY

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IWienshall Iris Weinshall Vice Chancellor, CUNY click here for bio

MTokarsky

Rabbi Mordechai Tokarsky National Director, Russian American Jewish Experience

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