More than 140 guests were on hand to honor Gene and Fran Wittenberg and Rabbi Brahm and Elana Weinberg, all of West Hartford, at a gala fundraising dinner hosted by the Young Israel of West Hartford on Sunday, March 3 at the Lincoln Education Center in Hartford. Rabbi Weinberg, the synagogue’s spiritual leader, and his wife, Elana, were lauded for their leadership role in the community. The Wittenbergs, long-time Young Israel members, were lauded for their many years of volunteer service to the shul and the community.
The dinner raised more than $65,000 in donations from families and friends, business card ads and auction items. The Zachs Family Foundation contributed an additional challenge grant of $5,000 that was matched by $6,500 of contributions.
In keeping with the evening’s theme “Celebrating Our Origins,” the dinner featured an elaborate dinner of foods from many European countries, and the presentation of a video tracing Hartford’s Jewish history dating back to the late 1800s, including the creation of the Young Israel.