On The Avenue

The Jewish Board Raises Funds to Give Hope

by Michael Gross Photographed by Rod Morata / Michael Priest Photography
Monday, May 15, 2017

At its annual spring gala on Wednesday at The Plaza Hotel, the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (The Jewish Board), New York City’s largest human services nonprofit, honored trustees Mark H. Rachesky, MD, and Jodi J. Schwartz, and longtime corporate partner Beacon Health Options. The event attracted more than 450 guests and raised $1.75 million to help the Board serve more than 43,000 New Yorkers of all faiths, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds each year. Board president Alice Tisch presented the honorees with their awards.

Dr. Rachesky, who received the Schiff Community Impact Award, is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lionsgate Entertainment, president of the New York-based investment firm MHR Fund Management LLC; and a board member of Loral Space & Communications, Inc., and Telesat Canada, the fourth largest satellite company in the world.

Schwartz, recipeint of the Madeleine Borg Lifetime Service Award, is a partner specializing in tax law at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, an was instrumental in the Bopard’s absorption of $75 million in programs from fellow social services agency FEGS, which closed its doors in 2015. Ms. Schwartz also serves on the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

The Schiff Community Impact Award, named for philanthropist Jacob Schiff and his family in honor of their work with United Hebrew Charities, went to managed-care company Beacon Health Options. It facilitates The Jewish Board’s delivery of behavioral health services. Jorge Petit, Beacon’s regional vice president for the New York region, accepted the award on behalf of his company.

Also in the crowd were Jill, Kate, Allison, Samantha and Steven Rachesky; Thomas Tisch; Jewish Board trustees Jean Shafiroff, with her husband Martin Shafiroff; Lynn Kroll, with her husband, Jules Kroll; Carol Levin, with her husband, Jerry Levin, Leslie May Blauner, Jean Troubh, David Everett and his wife, Karen Everett, and mother, Edith Everett; and Laurie Lindenbaum, Bob Thorne, Lisa Silverstein, Abigail Rose Solomon; Susie Stern, Vice Chair of The Jewish Federations of North America, and her husband, Jeff Stern; Dr. Herminia Palacio, Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services; Eric Goldstein, CEO of UJA-Federation of New York; and David Rivel, CEO of The Jewish Board.


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