MAN OF THE YEAR
Sutton Place Synagogue
I am humbled and honored to receive this recognition from Men’s Club at Sutton Place Synagogue. While my name would be the one placed on the award, this award really belongs to the members, the chairs of the individual events and the past and current VPs of the Men’s Club/SPS. From spirits tastings to sports events to evenings in the Sukkah, the success of every program we plan is a credit to all who participate.
That is why I find this recognition especially meaningful as it comes from a community and group of people for whom I carry a tremendous level of respect. It also comes at a time when we are all experiencing incredible stress and unease – a time during which I have come to rely even more heavily on my faith and the comfort and support I derive from this very community. As President of the Men’s Club and a board member, I am proud to be very active at Sutton Place Synagogue including regularly attending services, minyan, and social events. My journey is one that has deep meaning and has helped me through some of the most difficult times in my life.
I’ve lived in New York City for thirty years, have a career of which I’m proud and enjoy immensely and love watching sports, reading and traveling. I have a passion for cars, which includes a DVR full of Motor Trend TV programs and am an avid runner and scuba diver as well.
However, what gives me the most joy, pride and sense of accomplishment is raising my two sons: Justin, a sophomore at UPenn and Joshua, a Junior at Beacon High School here in the city. They are thoughtful, kind, smart, and funny young men. Their understanding of the issues that face our country has given me a perspective that makes me realize on how fortunate I am and should never take anything for granted. Ensuring their futures are bright in this crazy world inspires me to be a better man and do what I can – however small or large – to make our city, our country and the world a safer and kinder place.
I am blessed to be a part of SMS and to have this honor. Being a part of this community has given me innumerable benefits, comfort in difficult times and friendships I treasure. I know that leaning on my faith and the relationships I’ve developed at SPS have provided me with the foundation I need to be there for my children and to be a person of strong character and values. At the same time, I’m grateful that as I look ahead to what may be many more difficult months, I know I have all of you and our shared love of our faith and community. Support Jeffrey Lipitz by placing an ad in his honor.