LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- Congregation Sulam Yaakov announced the selection Thursday of two teen advocates who will receive 2015 Jewish Commitment Awards during a reception Saturday in Larchmont.
Brooke Goldstein, of Briarcliff Manor, and Sam Roth, of Croton-on-Hudson, "have committed themselves to the values of service and learning that Sulam Yaakov holds so dear," said Rabbi Alfredo Borodowski. "These youths point to a bright future for the Jewish people."
Goldstein is a senior at Briarcliff High School. She plans on studying biology in college and going to medical school. She has wanted to be a doctor for her entire life because she loves helping people.
As a strong ambassador for J-Teen Leadership for more than four years, Goldstein has contributed to the organization through her participation on the Leadership Circle, their core group of leaders. She has taken on key roles in planning and operating many local projects, such as Habitat for Humanity, Kids Kloset clothing collection and sorting program, Project Hope's food delivery program for the home bound elderly and JHab Garden of Hope, an interfaith project with Elm Street Youth Center in Yonkers.
Goldstein also participated in several service trips, one to Far Rockaway for Hurricane Sandy relief and recently to Cuba for humanitarian work. Goldstein currently serves as the chair of Service Trips.
Roth is a junior at Croton-Harmon High School,who has demonstrated the values, commitment and empathy that have enabled him to have a profound influence on his peers and the Jewish community.
Through J-Teen Leadership, Roth has taken leadership positions on local service projects, disaster relief work and worked tirelessly to support Israel. He is a valued member of the J-Teen Leadership Circle and recently chaired its Habitat for Humanity project, as well as participated in the Buddies not Bullies Program (an initiative to teach Jewish middle schoolers the harmful effects of bullying) and an interfaith council with Westhab teens, a project to create affordable housing for impoverished people. In the summer of 2013, Roth traveled with NJY Camps to Israel for a five-week program, where he worked at a day camp for Ethiopian-Israeli children. Roth also is a passionate lacrosse player, who recently became involved with the Israel Lacrosse Organization, and was offered a spot on its U-19 National Team, which competes against countries all over the world.
The special morning Shabbat service begins at 9:30 a.m. at Congregation Sulam Yaakov, 2111 Boston Post Road, Larchmont.
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