Pictured from Left to Right: Rabbi Berel Lerman, Mindy Epstein and Jared Epstein
On Sunday, August 29th, Mindy and Jared Epstein were among the honorees at the Building For A Brighter Tomorrow Summer Benefit to help raise critical funds for the Center for Jewish Life in Sag Harbor. The event raised well over $250,000 to support the redevelopment of the synagogue space. The evening was held at the estate of Maria and Kenneth Fishel in Bridgehampton.
The benefit was chaired by Robby and Kimmy Morris, Jacqueline Muss, Michael and Rina Nessim, David and Melanie Shorenstein and Denise Wohl. The night honored real estate developer Jared Epstein, president of Aurora Capital Associates, and his wife Mindy with the Community Builder Award and Jason Breitstone with the Young Leadership Award.
Midway through the night, Rabbi Berel Lerman took the floor to introduce Jared Epstein and his wife Mindy stating, “Whenever communities are faced with challenges and whenever in life we are faced with challenges, Hashem always sends the right messenger to help not only solve the problem but make things greater than before. I want to recognize Jared and Mindy in being those messengers.”
Jared Epstein then addressed the guests, “This isn’t about me, there is no I in team, but there is an I in community, in Judaism, in Jewish, in building, in being driven, and I’m driven for three reasons. That is my family, my friends and my community, my Judaism.” He continued, “With all the anti-Semitism going on a couple of months ago, I don’t think a lot of us felt comfortable and it’s so important that we continue to support organizations that are here for us.” Epstein also asked for a moment of silence in honor of Maria and Ken’s daughter Melissa Fishel.
Supporters of the event included Peter Thomas Roth, Jean Shafiroff, Matthew and Marlene Baron, Nathan and Liza Berman, Jay and Terri Bialsky, Jeroen and Robin Bours, Erica and Dennis D’Antonio, Caryl Englander, Steve Fabrikant, David Fiedler, Dana and Adam Fine, Bradley Fishel, Jonathan Freeman, Dr. Ahron and Tania Friedberg, Isaac and Ana Fuhrman, Kimberly Goff, Amanda Goldberg, Denise and Marc Goldberg, Marc Goldman, Laurence and Sharon Greenberg, James Guarino, Sam Herzberg, Nathan Joseph Mendel and Devora Katz, Rabbi Berel and Brocha Lerman, Larry and Caryn Malitzky, Hy and Sharon Mariampolski, Brad Marks, Roberta Mathes, Seth and Jennifer Miller, Jennifer Michaels, Joseph Morris, Max Padway and Bridget Tess, Sandy and Andrew Quentzel. Yosef and sara Rapoport, Eric Reiner, Dr. Alain Roizen, Keith Rubenstein, Joann Schwartz, Roman and Rita Shukhman, Alan Sive, Michael Tetelbaum, Diana and Alex Tsigutkin, Stephen Wald, Adam Weiss, Linda White, Robert and Sherry Weiner, Arden Wohl, Jill Zarin and Selig Zises.
You can learn more about the Center for Jewish Life at https://www.cjlnj.com/