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UJA-Federation Honors Suzi And Martin Oppenheimer At Mamaroneck Celebration

(L-R) Laurie and Stephen Girsky of Mamaroneck; Michael and Nancy Kanterman of Mamaroneck; Suzi and Martin Oppenheimer of Mamaroneck; Judith Hyman Darsky of Larchmont; and Sherry and Robert Wiener of Mamaroneck.
(L-R) Laurie and Stephen Girsky of Mamaroneck; Michael and Nancy Kanterman of Mamaroneck; Suzi and Martin Oppenheimer of Mamaroneck; Judith Hyman Darsky of Larchmont; and Sherry and Robert Wiener of Mamaroneck. Photo Credit:

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- The United Jewish Appeal Federation of New York’s Larchmont-Mamaroneck community honored Suzi and Martin Oppenheimer, of Mamaroneck, at its 2015 Community Celebration.

The event took place Thursday, June 4 at a private waterfront home in Mamaroneck. The event provided its 125 guests with an opportunity to pay tribute to the Oppenheimers for their leadership, service, and community commitment and to support the vital work of UJA-Federation, which includes caring for those in need, strengthening the Jewish people, and inspiring a passion for Jewish life and learning, according to a press release.

The Oppenheimers sit on UJA-Federation’s Commission on the Jewish People Task Force, which seeks to celebrate and strengthen the breadth of Jewish and Israeli life, according to a press release. Its work is united by the desire to foster a shared identity and a common set of values based on democracy and Jewish tradition — inclusion, respect for diversity, pluralism, and love of Israel — and shared Jewish experiences, according to a press release.

Suzi Oppenheimer served in the New York Senate from 1985 to 2012. For more than three decades, she has been a tireless champion for the rights of women and families, as well as for an early quality education, a sustainable environment and the arts, according to a press release.

She was the first woman to chair the Senate’s powerful education committee, among the first women to receive an M.B.A. from Columbia University and one of the first women to work on Wall Street in the 1950s.

With the help of UJA, Martin Oppenheimer came to the United States from Germany when he was 2. He is a partner in a New York law firm. A former chair of its labor and employment law department, he earned a national reputation for representing employers in labor relations matters.

Martin also counseled a wide range of cultural and educational organizations, including Yale University and the Metropolitan Opera.

Michael and Nancy Kanterman, of Mamaroneck, and Judith Hyman Darsky, of Larchmont, served as event chairs. Journal chairs were Laurie and Stephen Girsky, of Mamaroneck, and Joy and Steven Zelin, of Larchmont.

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