JICNY Newsletter, December 2016

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Dear friends,

Before you light the Chanukah menorah, I would ask you to consider making a gift to JICNY.  


I'll let you in on a secret. We do not fund our bare-bones budget from our events. We usually just seek to cover the direct costs of the event. But we  exist as an organization, holding  hundreds of programs a year, through the generous support of donors like you.


Please consider making a special Chanukah contribution right now -  click here to make a general donation or click here to sponsor a specific program


As 2016 comes to a close, on behalf of our entire board, I would like to thank Sharon & Sinclair Haberman for opening their home for our annual fundraiser held earlier this month. It was a great honor for JICNY to present awards for leadership in the Jewish community to four deserving young professionals (see photo below).


If you were unable to participate, you can still make a contribution in honor of the honorees this Chanukah – please click on their names (David Bratslavsky, Dan Davidson, Elysa Goldman,

J.R. Rothstein).


We are looking forward to offering a 5-week Hebrew Crash course starting in January in conjunction with National Jewish Outreach Program.  If you are interested in participating, please let us know at  events@jicny.com  Bari Lyman, the author of Meet to Marry will also be joining us for a winter gathering- stay tuned for more details.


On behalf of all of us at JICNY, I thank all of you who give so much of your time and financial resources to the JICNY as volunteers, donors, as well as to our small but highly-productive staff. None of our success would be existent without each of you. Thank you


Happy Chanukah and wishing you all the best for 2016!


Jeff Stier

JICNY Board Chairman






Is Chanukah already here??


JICNY’s last quarter of the calendar year flew by – here’s a quick recap of the highlights:


The Big Apple Networking Series are programs that JICNY’s Emerging Leadership Board is hosting to highlight how business internationals in New York have become successful and to share best practices.  JICNY had the opportunity to have Laurent Morali, President of Kushner Companies, speak in September and Lydia Sarfati, CEO & Founder of Repêchage, speak in November.  We are looking forward to announcing our next two programs in the series in 2017.


Our Connections participants (ages 35-50) enjoyed our Black & White Shabbat dinner and gourmet desserts at Lincoln Square Synagogue and our guest speaker, Sgt. Benjamin Anthony, from Our Soldiers Speak.  Our next Connections event will be at Chocolate Works on January 10. 


Thank you to everyone who attended and supported our December Annual Benefit Event where we had the privilege of having Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein speak and we honored young professionals in our community.   


Our Links participants (ages 25-40) enjoyed our International Shabbat Dinner with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach held at Manhattan Jewish Experience.  Our next Links event for ages 20s & 30s will be around the piano at Don’t Tell Mama on January 19, 2017.


We are glad that we have been able to provide our participants with over 200 educational, social and cultural programs in 2016.  If you have any suggestions for programs you would like to see JICNY incorporate, please email events@jicny.com.


We wish you a Happy Chanukah, and we look forward to seeing you in 2017.


Jodi & Gavin Samuels and Steve Eisenberg




Connection Membership Business Supporters

JICNY greatly appreciates the donation of the book Scattered Among the Nations by Bryan Schwartz from Weldon Owen for the first 10 people who registered for the Connections Membership.


The membership entitles all of our JICNY Connections members (ages 35-50) to receive discounts to:

Fischer Bros. & Leslie

JCC Manhattan

Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy

Museum of Jewish Heritage

Saba’s Pizza

Sunflower Café

Susan Sez “Say It With Cake”

Talia’s Steakhouse


We appreciate the support of these local businesses.  It is not too late to register for the membership ($72); registrants will also receive advance notification of events and a complimentary invitation to a speaker program with author Bari Lyman, who wrote Meet to Marry.  Email julie@jicny.com for the membership details.




Annual Benefit Event

(pictured) Elysa Goldman, Jodi Samuels,

J.R. Rothstein, Dan Davidson,

David Bratslavsky and Steve Eisenberg at JICNY’s Annual Benefit event on December 1st, 2016. 


JICNY is proud to have awarded these four individuals with The JICNY Pinnacle Young Leadership Award.  Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the annual benefit.  A special thanks to Sharon and Sinclair Haberman for opening up their home to host the event.



Chanukah Request and Donate to JICNY

JICNY relies on contributions received to continue its programming. 

Please give a Chanukah gift to JICNY. 

Click here to donate to the Chanukah Appeal.





Upcoming JICNY Programs

  • 12/25 Santa Shmanta with Steve Eisenberg at MJE
  • 12/26 Mon Night Class @ Steve's house
  • 12/31 Jerusalem 8th Night Chanukah Party and New Years Eve
  • 01/03 Women's Dating Class 
  • 01/04 Slovie Women Class, "Parenting Your Child with Love and Discipline"
  • 01/09 Hebrew Crash Course 
  • 01/10 Connections Chocolate Works
  • 01/11 Cooking Class with Milena 
  • 01/13 Jerusalem Shabbat Dinner
  • 01/13 French Shabbat Dinner 
  • 01/17 Slovie Class for Women, "Women's Legacy Series"
  • 01/18 Big Apple Networking Series
  • 01/19 Fun Piano Bar Event
  • 01/20 Shabbat Dinner at MJE 
  • 1/21 Couples Night Out- Master Chef 
  • 01/25 NYC Couples Class with Slovie
  • 01/27 Tel Aviv Shabbat Dinner

From Poland to the Big Apple

Lydia Sarfati, Founder and CEO of Repêchage, spoke to participants at JICNY’S Big Apple Networking Series in November. Business internationals in New York are sharing the stories of how they became successful and their best practices. 


This series is presented by the JICNY Emerging Leadership Board and is open to the entire community.  We hope you will join us for our next networking event in January.

Sunday, December 25th @10am

Where: MJE, 131 W. 86th Street, 10th floor

Pastries & Starbucks Coffee will be served


10:00am- Steve Eisenberg "Going for the Gold" - our Jewish People, the Greatest Contributors to World Civilization

11:00am - Steve Eisenberg  "Be Happy; 3000 Years of Mastering Joy in our Lives"


Sponsored by Steve Eisenberg in memory of his father, Walter Eisenberg and Mark Wildes, in memory of his mother, Ruth Wildes.


Cost: Free, but registration required HERE


Tribute Cards - Honor or Remember

If you are looking to make a difference in the Jewish community and also honor an individual’s accomplishments or memorialize a loved one, please make a donation to JICNY and indicate where the card should be sent.  Please go to https://jicny.com/donate If you have any questions, please email  julie@jicny.com

JICNY Volunteer

Jenny Levin

I am from South Africa and moved to New York in June 2016 as my (then) fiancé received a summer internship offer at a hedge fund in NYC that we could not turn down. After his company extended our visa, we wanted to get married in New York before the winter. JICNY provided unimaginable, unconditional guidance, support and help with making our wedding come together in 3 weeks. Jodi Samuals, Steve Eisenberg, Alisa Adler and Gary Adler went above and beyond to help us out as complete strangers to have the most spiritual, dream-like wedding, and further to have sheva brachot and all following Shabbat and holiday meals at incredible families that willingly open their homes to anyone without a meal to go to. JICNY has played a huge role in us establishing ourselves in the city, from making friends to gaining a sense of community. Steve’s Monday night classes make you see the world in a different light, are relevant to everyday life and will restore any lost faith in the Jewish people– plus they are a great platform to meet people.

I studied a Bachelor of Science and was working in Quality Assurance/Compliance at Pfizer in South Africa. I am now working in finance and absolutely loving life in the city.  I enjoy cooking, exploring the city and especially living in a country that has Ben and Jerry’s readily available.

I felt such a necessity to give back to the Jewish community after witnessing such chessed in New York that I started volunteering with JICNY. It has been an absolute eye-opener to see how the New York Jews - from Crown Heights to the Upper West Side – are so kind, generous and open to helping out their fellow Jew. It has made us feel such a sense of Jewish pride that had dwindled in our lives – this is what being a Jew is all about! 



Please visit JICNY programming for more event information.