Pinchas Berger and Hindy Kisch enjoy the volunteer recognition event.

Pinchas Berger and Hindy Kisch enjoy the volunteer recognition event.

The math is simple. When over 300 Engage participants involve themselves in community outreach, they can volunteer more than 5,000 combined hours in one year. The work of Engage volunteers was celebrated at the fourth annual Engage Volunteer Recognition event hosted at JCC Manhattan on June 5. Over 80 volunteers attended and were honored for their service. A special shout-out goes to Margie Stern, leader of the volunteer engagement and orientation team, and her amazing co-volunteers. From the beginning, when participants picked up strands of Mardi Gras beads corresponding to their number of years of active service in Engage, to the program of events, this was a very special occasion. 

The evening was kicked off by Rabbi Brian Fink, director of UJA-Federation of New York's Engage Jewish Service Corps at JCC Manhattan. He opened the program with an amazing video put together by members of the JCC Manhattan marketing department highlighting the work of Engage. The video was an inspiration to all who attended to continue and expand the work. Click here to watch it and please share it with friends and family who would be interested in Engage. The program continued with remarks by Rabbi Joy Levitt, JCC Manhattan's executive director, and Susan Kranberg, Engage community organizer.

The big surprise of the evening was the recognition of 23 volunteers who have each completed at least 100 hours of service through Engage. They were recognized individually by Susan, and each received a framed certificate from the the City of New York Mayoral Service Recognition Program, signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Special thanks to Ellen Hochstein, who herself volunteered for a record 1,365 hours.

What a wonderful way to celebrate another year of Engage success!