Cantor Azi Schwartz, one of the most highly-regarded and respected Jewish musicians and interpreters of cantorial music today, was the guest star at the dedication of the Uptown Jewish Community Center’s building on May 24.
The concert, which included participation with local Temple Sinai Cantor Joel Colman and Gates of Prayer cantorial soloist Victoria Cohen May, was the JCC’s way of thanking those who had contributed to its major building campaigns over the course of the last three years.
Among the many leading contributors was William Goldring with the Goldring Family Foundation and the Woldenberg Family Foundations, who spoke about the need for upgrading the JCC’s fitness center. The numbers of clients being served at the fitness center has more than tripled since the first upgrade to the facilities back in the late 1990s.
The leading contributor was the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust that built the aquatics complex named for him. Bryan Katz was the capital campaign chair.
JCC executive director Leslie Fischman presented several recognition gifts that noted the important financial contributions Goldring and others like Cathy and Morris Bart and Richard Buschbaum had made in upgrading various portions of the building or through their leadership. In addition, longtime employee Dennis Ranson was honored on the recognition of his service for four decades.