Honoring Those Who Have Helped in Challenging Times

At its Annual Meeting on Wednesday June 7, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven honored the Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department, Woodbridge Police Department, Ellen Scalettar, First Selectman, and Terry Gilbertson, Town of Woodbridge Building Official, as well as community volunteers, area synagogues and Jewish agencies with the Robert Eisner Community Service Award. 
Named for the former JCC President Bob Eisner (1971-1974), the Robert Eisner Community Service Award was established in 1983 to honor individuals who 
Full list of 2017 Robert Eisner Community 
Service Award recipients
• Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department
• Woodbridge Police Department
• Ellen Scalettar, First Selectman
• Terry Gilbertson, Town of Woodbridge, Building Official
• Martin Halprin 
• David Trachten
• Beth Israel Synagogue
• Bikur Cholim Sheveth Achim
• Brookdale Senior Living
• Camp Laurelwood
• Congregation B’nai Jacob
• Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel
• Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek
• Congregation Chabad Lubavitch
• Congregation Mishkan Israel
• Congregation Or Shalom
• Congregation Sinai 
• Ezra Academy
• Hebrew Congregation of Woodmont
• Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven
• Orchard Street Shul
• Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy
• Temple Beth David
• Temple Beth Sholom
• Temple Beth Tikvah
• Temple Emanuel
• Tower One/Tower East
• The Westville Synagogue
made significant contributions in both the Jewish and secular communities. This year’s Robert Eisner Community Service Award was presented to first responders and community supporters who have helped the Jewish Federation and JCC of Greater New Haven through challenging times. Larry Eisner, son of Robert Eisner, presented the award and said, “This year our community experienced a trauma when fire broke out at our JCC, and those who will now come forward deserve this honor and more. Some ran into the smoke and fire to rescue our property. Some provided shelter from the cold. Some stood with us, schlepped with us, and provided us a home away from home.” 


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