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Gala Evening
Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Honoring Donna Levy & Ellen S. Tolle

The Sands of Atlantic Beach
1395 Beech Street
Atlantic Beach, New York

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$40 of every $100 will be credited towards purchase of tickets to attend a fun night of great food, live music, and dancing!

Deadline: February 22, 2019

Donna Levy

Donna Levy grew up in Hewlett as part of a family of four children. Her family belonged to Temple Emanu-El, where, as a child, she spent more time at Gino’s then at Hebrew school. However, her leadership skills and love of Judaism began in high school when she became president of the Hewlett chapter of BBYO. As an adult, she and her husband Lee and daughters Marni and Lauren joined Temple Emanu-El and, in three short months she began teaching first grade in the Religious School. She remained a teacher for over ten years. Donna joined the Sisterhood Board in her second year of Temple membership and held every executive position within Sisterhood including the first President of Sisterhood for the new Temple Am Echad. Her connection to Judaism grew even deeper when she became an adult Bat Mitzvah in 2014. Always one to say yes, she was soon approached to step up to Temple leadership and has been happy to serve as Membership Vice President, Financial Vice President and finally, President. Donna has loved her time in Temple leadership but is looking forward to being able to spend more time with her family. Donna works for Bee Reporting Agency as Office Manager and has been with them for 19 years.

Ellen S. Tolle

Ellen S. Tolle is a Registered Nurse with a Masters in Professional Studies majoring in Health Care Administration. Ellen has her own consulting business, using her expertise to help family caregivers become more insightful, knowledgeable and successful in their caregiving role. Ellen’s expertise in caregiving extends to her temple life as well. Ellen has been a member of Temple Am Echad since 2006. She was asked by Rabbi Korngold to co-chair the Caring Community, which offers ALL Temple members an opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of others in our congregational family through phone calls, visits, meals and other outreach. Ellen eventually became the chairperson of the Caring Community. Ellen also represents Temple Am Echad at the Partners in Caring meetings with the Friedberg JCC. In 2008, Ellen and 11 of her “sisters” became a B’not Mitzvah, an experience that she says has enhanced her life. Ellen was instrumental in helping to choose a new name and logo for Am Echad after the merger. Ellen is also one of a few congregants who chants from the Torah on Yom Kippur.

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