Ben grew up in the synagogue with his family. He has been a regular torah reader for the past 14 years. He has also co-chaired the synagogue’s ritual committee and served on NSJC’s 110 anniversary committee. He joined the Men’s Club board in 2010 and has held numerous positions including ritual liaison, recording secretary, Worldwide Wrap coordinator, Men’s Club shabbat coordinator, and executive vice president. He was the recipient of the Men’s Club Man of the Year award in 2013.

It gives me great pleasure to present the Federation Man of the Year award to Ben Etkin.

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Abby was born and raised in Selden. She attends Newfield High School where she auditioned for and was accepted to the honors chorus.  She has been a fencer for the past 4 years.

She has lots of family on Long Island and family is very important to her.

This past summer, she spent 5 weeks in Israel on the USY Pilgrimage program where she made many friends.

She will be graduating high school this year and would like to study physical therapy in college.

She has been a USY chapter board member for 4 years and is currently the chapter president.

I am pleased to give this year’s Youth Award to Abby Neber.

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Born in Albany, Ilan has lived on Long Island since he was 3 years old. He attends Mount Sinai High School where he is a member of the Mount Sinai chapter of the National Honor Society and has been a member of the jazz choir since middle school.  Additionally, Ilan is a member of the Ward Melville Patriots Varsity hockey team and participates in a recreational league hockey.

At our shul, while not only being the chazzan’s oldest son (which is its own role!), Ilan has blown shofar on the High Holidays for the synagogue and has read Torah. He has been a member of the youth group for many years and has been a member of our USY chapter for the past 4 years. He looks forward to remaining active in Jewish life and, professionally, to pursuing a career in sports broadcasting.

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