Leo and Joan Gilberg moved to Harrison in 1969 and immediately brought their passion, their love of Jewish life, and their commitment to the JCCH.
Leo and Joan became active members, supporting every phase of synagogue activity, including most notably, helping to establish our weekday minyan. They continue to be dedicated “minyanaires.” Leo is also responsible for helping to ensure that there are Torah and Haftarah readers on Shabbat and holidays.
Leo, who was born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York, has held an amazingly wide range of posts at the JCCH, including Trustee, Ritual Chair, Board Secretary, Chair of the Board, Vice President and President. He also helped to organize the JCCH basketball and softball teas! He continues to work as an attorney specializing in litigation.
Joan has also lent her energy to innumerable committees and projects over the years all while raising their two sons and studying for her BA in Psychology from Manhattanville College.
In addition to the JCCH, Leo and Joan have been staunch supporters of UJA-Federation and Israel Bonds.
The Rogowskys are all about family, faith and community. Marty's Jewish roots run deep in Harrison, as his parents, Herbert and Rita Rogowsky, were part of the original dozen couples who laid the groundwork, literally and figuratively, for the JCCH building. Marty's Bar Mitzvah was one of the first to be held in our sanctuary, and his leadership skills were honed by his Presidency of the JCCH 7th grade Youth Group. Not surprisingly, Marty played on the JCCH softball team for more years than can be imagined, and he and Leo played basketball on the JCCH basketball team for more years than they should have.
Tobi grew up in Norwalk, Connecticut where her parents raised her in a kosher home and who were active members of Temple Beth El. Tobi was president of her USY chapter and participated at the regional level of USY as well.
Marty and Tobi were married by Rabbi Shargel in Connecticut in 1982 and returning from Washington, D.C. in 1983, they settled in Harrison and "officially" joined the JCCH family. Tobi wasted no time in immersing herself in the life of our synagogue. She served as Sisterhood President for three two-year terms, and has been a member of the Board of Trustees and its Executive Committee for several terms. Tobi was a Simchat Torah honoree in 1995 and was given a special award by Sisterhood in 2008 for her many years of dedication. She is currently the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. In 1997, she became a proud member of the Bat Mitzvah class and read Torah for the first time.
Over the years that Marty pursued his public service as a Westchester County Legislator, he never forgot his JCCH roots. He served multiple terms as a Board Trustee, including four years on the Executive Committee. After finishing his government service, Marty stepped in as Chair of the Board of Trustees before serving three years as JCCH President.
Marty and Tobi have given their time and support to their Jewish community as well. Tobi spent two years working as a lawyer for the Anti-Defamation League of New York and both Marty and Tobi served many terms on the board of the American Jewish Committee in Westchester. Tobi served on the board of Harrison Hadassah and was honored by Westchester Hadassah with their Hand of Healing Award. Marty is currently on the board of the Westchester Jewish Council. Marty and Tobi were honored by UJA Federation and the Westchester Jewish Council in recognition of their years of service to the greater Jewish community in Westchester,
Scott, 32 and Rayna, 30 are the beneficiaries of a JCCH education, beginning in its Mommy and Me program and going through their confirmation. They are the pride and joy of their parents.
Marci and Rick’s four children, Noah, Molly, Aaron and Carly, have all began and continued their Jewish educations at the JCCH, participating from ECC days to confirmation. Noah, Molly and Aaron have all been B’nai Mitzvahs and Noah and Molly have gone on to confirmation.
All of the Caplans look forward to continuing our relationship with the JCCH and all of its members and helping to build the future of our community and the wider Jewish world.