The tradition of showing public appreciation to JCS volunteers began prior to 1998, when JCS was still a program under the auspices of the existing Jewish Federation.
Since 2002 JCS has broadened the celebration to include donors, volunteers, and the general public as a way of involving the entire Jewish community.
Volunteers of the Year
2015 Jack Epstein, Dina Yoshimi, Hank Trapido-Rosenthal, Dede Guss
2014 Sue and Bob Brown
2013 Sandra and Donald Armstrong
2012 Bernice and Robert Littman
2011 Trudy Wong
2010 Ruth Aloni* (honored posthumously)
2009 Alice Tucker
2008 Deborah Washofsky
2007 Lyn Zukerkorn
2006 Judy Goldman
2005 No award
2004 Leona Weightman*
2003 Harriet Weissman
2002 Evelyn Cherne*
* of blessed memory
2015 Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner
Congratulations to the Honorees at our 2015 dinner.
Aloha Jewish Chapel: Jack Epstein
Congregation Sof Ma`arav: Dina Yoshimi
O`ahu Jewish: `Ohana: Hank Trapido-Rosenthal
Temple Emanu-El: Dede Guss
JCS ANNUAL DINNER 2014
The community came together to celebrate and honor Sue and Bob Brown our Volunteers of the Year and also to support the mission of JCS on November 16, 2014.
JCS ANNUAL DINNER 2013
The community came together to celebrate and honor Sandra and Donald Armstrong, our Volunteers of the Year and also to support the mission of JCS on November 3, 2013.
JCS ANNUAL DINNER 2012
Jewish Community Services honored Bernice and Robert Littman as 2012 Volunteer of The Year on November 04, 2012.
The vast contributions by both Bernice and Robert were elegantly recognized by JCS highlighting the contributions to the greater community.
JCS ANNUAL DINNER 2011
Jewish Community Services honored Trudy Anne Schandler-Wong as 2011 Volunteer of The Year on November 06, 2011.
Trudy has served on the Temple’s board of directors, chaired three of the Temple’s fundraisers, has been a buyer for the Sisterhoods’ gift shop and is a member of the Kirk Cashmere Film Festival Committee. Trudy is involved with the Honolulu
Symphony, the Hawaii Opera, the Junior League of Hawaii and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
She was also a board member and past president of the Immigrant Center (predecessor to the Pacific Gateway Center), served on the board of the American Cancer Society, and most notably, Founding President of the Hawaii Children’s Museum of Arts, Science, and Technology.
JCS ANNUAL DINNER 2010
Jewish Community Services celebrated the Life of our 2010 Volunteer of the Year
Ruth Aloni z”l (1949-2010) on November 14, 2010
Ruth lost her battle to cancer on October 3, 2010. Her last years were not about dying, but about the way she lived.
Ruth Served on Temple Emanu-El’s first library committee • Taught in the School of Jewish Studies • Was active in the Temple Sisterhood and Jewish Film Festival • Served on the Temple Family Promise Program Committee and chaired its Meal Providers
Program • Was active in the Jewish Federation of Hawaii and Hadassah • Worked with the American Heart Association, Junior Diabetes Foundation, and the American Cancer Society • Created Hands on Healing Support Group • Served on the Building
Industry Association Board and the Construction Specification Institute Board, serving as president from 1996-97 • Chaired the Renaissance Remodeling Competition • Was a docent at the Contemporary Museum.
Guest Performance was by Shari Lynn. Award Winning Singer and Actor
JCS ANNUAL DINNER 2009
Jewish Community Services honored Alice Tucker as 2009 Volunteer of The Year on November 15, 2009.
Alice has served on the Boards of JCS, Counseling and Spiritual Care Center, Rotary Club, ManoaValley Theatre, and Temple Emanu-El.
Guest Speaker was Retired Hawaii Supreme Court Associate Justice, Hon. Steven Levinson.
JCS ANNUAL DINNER 2008
Jewish Community Services (JCS) honored Deborah Washofsky as 2008 Volunteer
of The Year on November 16, 2008.