Schechter to honor four at ‘Main Event’

Solomon Schechter Day School (SSDS) will recognize four distinguished honorees — Sanford and Gloria Spitzer as the 2010 Event Honorees and Dr. David and Lynnsie Balk Kantor as the Leo I. Mirowitz Distinguished Service Award recipients — at its Main Event in March.

“We are fortunate to honor such outstanding role models in our community,” said Missy Korenblat-Hanin, SSDS Board President. “Gloria and Sanford have touched so many people through their generous philanthropy and far-reaching volunteer efforts.” The honorees “have been tireless promoters of Jewish education and are passionate about family, Israel, Conservative Judaism and Jewish education,” she said. “We are so appreciative of their years of commitment and dedication to SSDS.”


The event, entitled “Build a Sanctuary in Your Heart,” will take place at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 7 at Congregation B’nai Amoona. The evening will include a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, a gala auction and entertainment by pianist Assaf Shelleg.

Shelleg, a musicologist, is the Effroymson visiting Israeli Professor (2009-2011) in the Department of Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Studies at Washington University. As a pianist, Shelleg performs works by modern Jewish and Israeli composers and gives solo recitals worldwide.

“We are blessed to have such a remarkable musician in our midst,” said Head of School Rabbi Allen Selis. “His ties to Israel and to Jewish culture make him especially suited to pay tribute to our distinguished honorees.”

This event is open to the whole community and will benefit the SSDS Scholarship Fund. The Main Event is the largest fund-raiser of the year for SSDS.

Last year’s Main Event underwrote 25 percent of the school’s financial assistance budget.

For ticket information, please call Martha Brodsky, Administrative Assistant at SSDS, at 314-576-6177.