The 14th Street Y Honored USP + Raised More Than $375,000 at 2019 Purim Gala

14th Street Y Purim Gala Dinner

14th Street Y Purim Gala Dinner

On Thursday, March 14, 2019, the 14th Street Y hosted its 2019 Purim Gala, raising more than ever before—over $375,000 and counting! The 14th Street Y honored the Union Square Partnership and Executive Director Jennifer Falk, as the recipient of the 14th Street Y Community Builder Award. 

The 14th Street Y’s Community Builder Award recognizes champions who go above and beyond to cultivate and strengthen their communities, and in turn inspire others—individuals, organizations, and local businesses—to do the same. We are both humbled and honored that the 14th Street Y chose the Union Square Partnership and our Executive Director Jennifer Falk as the first to receive the prestigious, inaugural Community Builder Award.

From left to right: William Abramson (USP Board Co-Chair), Lynne P. Brown (USP Board Co-Chair), Jennifer Falk (USP Executive Director), Alan van Capelle (Educational Alliance President + CEO), Shira Koch Epstein (14th Street Y Executive Director).

From left to right: William Abramson (USP Board Co-Chair), Lynne P. Brown (USP Board Co-Chair), Jennifer Falk (USP Executive Director), Alan van Capelle (Educational Alliance President + CEO), Shira Koch Epstein (14th Street Y Executive Director).

Proceeds from the Gala help to advance the 14th Street Y’s mission as a hub of creativity, community programming, and Jewish culture in downtown Manhattan, providing scholarships, developing enrichment programs, and enhancing the lives of more than 26,000 people who walk through their doors each year. 

An incredible show of support from the community, nearly 350 attendees gathered for cocktails, dinner, and entertainment as the 14th Street Y honored the Union Square Partnership and its Executive Director Jennifer Falk. The Gala was held at Cipriani and in keeping with the time-honored Purim tradition of masquerade, guests were invited to indulge in wearing Purim-inspired masks and accessories. 

“We were thrilled to recognize the Union Square Partnership and Executive Director Jennifer Falk as leaders and partners in serving this diverse community,” said Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein, Executive Director of the 14th Street Y. “We celebrate Purim with gifts, and the many gifts shared last night will ensure that the 14th Street Y can grow it’s highly sought after programs and support real and meaningful relationships within our community.” 

“On behalf of the entire Union Square Partnership network of neighborhood partners, we are honored to receive the inaugural Community Builder Award from the 14th Street Y, an organization that sets the standard for true community building, ” said Jennifer E. Falk, Executive Director of the Union Square Partnership. “While much has been accomplished, there is more to be done. We are excited to partner with the 14th Street Y as they chart a course to the development of a new and improved facility. We also look forward to our continued work to bring the community together in a collaborative effort to revitalize the 14th Street-Union Square area.” 

The community was invited for a decadent evening in celebration of all things Purim. Masks and revelry abounded from the moment guests entered the Gala and were greeted with a champagne toast served from above by a cirque-style aerial artist. A cocktail hour with scintillating music and a photo booth where guests can don many disguises was followed by a sumptuous dinner and a proper Purim spiel hosted by Artist Fellows from the 14th Street Y’s flagship artistic program, LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture. Groggers spun and wine was poured as attendees were reminded this holiday celebrates community, giving back to our neighbors and of course…feasting. 

The 14th Street Y is a vibrant community center grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection, and learning for the individuals and families it serves throughout New York City’s East Village and beyond. 

Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. Celebrated with feasts, drink and revelry, it celebrates standing up for what you believe in and calls us to honor others through giving gifts and charity. 

The gala featured one-of-a kind live art and performances. LABA fellows Ari Brand, Yochai Greenfeld, and Marques Hollie hosted a performance showcasing the story of Purim. Comedian and actor, Rachel Pegram made us laugh as the evening’s emcee while DJ Rabbi Darkside made sure we heard celebratory tunes throughout the evening.

Visit our Flickr album to see more favorite photos from the celebration!


Thank you to all who helped make this a successful event - Dinner co-chairs, host committee members, supporters, and attendees!


DINNER CO-CHAIRS 

  • Barbara Benerofe and Harvey Schulweis

  • Lynne P. Brown

  • Lori Buchbinder

  • Susan Buchbinder and William Abramson

  • Susan Etess and Howard Zimmerman

  • Cristian Goodhart

  • Joseph Persky

  • Sally Wasserman and Henry Hecht

EDUCATIONAL ALLIANCE 

  • Roberta Karp, Chairman 

  • Alan van Capelle, President & CEO 

14TH STREET Y EXECUTIVE STAFF 

  • Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein, Executive Director

  • Jordan Brackett, Associate Executive Director for Planning and Advancement 

  • Alan Scher, Associate Executive Director for Programs 

  • Lauren Savage, Associate Executive Director for External Engagement

2019 GALA HOST COMMITTEE 

  • Darcy Bradbury and Eric Seiler

  • Laura and Mark Doman

  • Sydney Frazier and John Gallagher

  • Dr. Carola Garson and Ryan Garson

  • Rosesara and Jonathan Greenspun

  • Sara Gubins and Michaël Bijaoui

  • Bradley Korn

  • Hildy Kuryk and Jarrod Bernstein

  • Allison Leff and Daniel Macklowitz

  • Lauren Lowman and Eric Rattner

  • Ronit Muszkatblit and Yonatan Israel

  • Anne F. Pollack

  • Andrew Rasiej

  • Lisa Schein and David Stone

  • Alissa Dicker Schrieber

  • Keri and Scott Schundler

  • Janna and Michael Stern

  • Harron Zimmerman

THE 14TH STREET Y BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

  • Joseph Persky, Chair;

  • Harvey Schulweis, Chair Emeritus;

  • Shira Koch Epstein, Executive Director 

  • Peter Bernstein

  • Renée Brodie

  • Alex Dergun*

  • Ryan Garson*

  • Ilana Goldman

  • Cristian Goodhart

  • Sara Gubins

  • Rafael Hines

  • Brooke Carleton Paduano

  • Eric Perlmutter

  • Eric Rattner*

  • Jacques Raphael

  • Janna Fishman Stern

  • Sally Wasserman

  • Pauline Weinstein

  • Howard Zimmerman 

*Board Observer 

Platinum Sponsors:

Barbara Benerofe and Harvey Schulweis, Susan Etess and Howard Zimmerman, Joseph Persky 

Gold Sponsors:

Citi, Glenwood Management, Meridian Capital Group, Unity Building Services Inc., Dorisanne and Jacob Wasserman, Sally Wasserman and Henry Hecht 

Silver Sponsors:

Bloomberg Philanthropies, Darcy Bradbury and Eric Seiler, Buchbinder & Warren, Con Edison Alisa and Dan Doctoroff, Laura and Mark Doman, Roberta and Brad Karp, Allison Leff and Daniel Macklowitz, Jessica and Stu Loeser, Mount Sinai, New York University, Normandy Real Estate Partners, Streetplus, Tishman Hotel and Realty


About the 14th Street Y: 

The 14th Street Y is a vibrant community center grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection, and learning for the individuals and families we serve throughout New York City’s East Village and beyond. With a health and wellness center, childhood, parenting and adult education and enrichment programs, and an innovative arts and culture department, the 14Y is committed to the development of the whole person and bettering people’s lives by strengthening family connections and building inclusive and sustainable communities. 

Proceeds from the Gala help us advance our mission as a hub of creativity, community programming, and Jewish culture in downtown Manhattan. They enable us to provide scholarships, develop enrichment programs, and enhance the lives of more than 26,000 people who walk through our doors each year. The 14th Street Y is proud to be a part of Educational Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 130-year history of serving New Yorkers downtown.

About Educational Alliance: 

Educational Alliance brings together and partners with diverse communities in Lower Manhattan, offering individuals and families high-quality, multi-generational programs and services that enhance their well-being and socioeconomic opportunities. We are a place where everyone is welcome and where progress is powered one relationship at a time. We are proud of our legacy as a Jewish organization and we provide high-quality, transformational services and programs to all New Yorkers through our network of community centers on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and East Village. As we have for 130 years, we offer best-in-class programming–now across 15 sites—focusing on a mix of education, health and wellness, arts and culture, and civic engagement.