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A Special Evening to Honor Debbie Friedman.

The event was held at Rodef Shalom on June 30, 2016. Debbie was honored for her many accomplishments as the first Executive Director of JRS.

E.J. Strassburger, Evening Host and JRS Past President –presents a gift for Debbie Friedman from Verland.

In-coming JRS Board President Judy Cohen looks on from the audience as two JRS Program Participants and staff give tributes to Debbie’s outstanding contribution to the JRS community.

Debbie Friedman gives her remarks about her wonderful journey at JRS and this SPECIAL EVENING.

Councilman Daniel Gillman and City of Pittsburgh, Mayor William Peduto

Past Presidents – Ned Siegel, Reid Roberts, Jay Fingeret, Ruth Drescher, Kathy Hurwitz, David Kalson first row,
Back row – Nancy Elman, Judy Cohen (In-coming), E.J. Strassburger on stage for the special award to Debbie Friedman.

Rabbi Sharyn Henry – starts the evening with the D’Var Torah

Reid Roberts, JRS Board President leads the audience in a toast to Debbie Friedman

Kathy Hurwitz at Podium and Ruth Drescher – JRS Past President present Debbie Friedman with a special award.