The National Council of Jewish Women, Syracuse Section-At-Large has named Margie Burstein as the recipient of the 2009 Hannah G. Solomon Award. Burstein, “volunteer extraordinaire” is the former development director of Vera House as well as executive vice president of the Vera House Foundation. The award will be presented on Monday Nov. 2 at Justin’s Grill in East Syracuse. Registration will start at 11:30 a.m., with the program beginning at noon and ending by 1:30 p.m.
The Hannah G. Solomon Award is a national award presented by individual sections of the NCJW.
“The award is named for the founder of NCJW and is given to women who have demonstrated exceptional service to both the Jewish community and the community-at-large,” said organizers of the event. “Based on the depth of her service to both the teaching profession and to the greater Central New York community, Margie is indeed an exceptionally worthy recipient.”
The educational and emotional needs of youth have always been a priority for Burstein. She taught English and Social Studies, worked as a substitute teacher, and then as a homebound instructor for the Fayetteville-Manlius School District. She also was an SAT, HS Regents, and GED HS Equivalency tutor for the LGBTQ Center.
In addition, Burstein served as chair of the Syracuse Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education, an umbrella organization for CNY Jewish Educators. As educational director of the Rabbi Jacob Epstein School of Jewish Studies, she was instrumental in instituting a Syracuse University Project Advance course called Introduction to Judaism through the SU Department of Religion. She also created and chaired the first Syracuse/Onondaga Youth Board “Youth Speak Out,” was president of the F-M Student Teacher Parent Association, and director of youth and membership services for Temple Adath Yeshurun.
Burstein’s leadership credits include chapter president, district vice president, national board member and educational consultant to the U.S. Office of Career Education for Women’s American ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation through Training).
She served as vice president of the Syracuse Jewish Federation, president of its Women’s Assembly, and founding committee member of the Jewish Observer, chair of the JO Advisory Oversight Committee, and chair of its 25th anniversary edition. Burstein also organized and facilitated dozens of federation events and programs and volunteered on every Super Sunday Committee till the year 2000.
Over the years, Burstein has lent her time and talents to numerous other organizations. She was a former board member and frequent presenter for InterFaith Works (formerly the InterReligious Council of CNY), SU Hillel, Menorah Park, and Syracuse Jewish Family Service. Currently she is co-chair of the Hamilton White Society and a member of the Leadership Development Cabinet of the United Way of CNY. She is also a member of the Board of the Menorah Park Foundation and Chapter Advisor and House Corporation Representative for Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority at Syracuse University (1988 to present).
Burstein divides her time between Fayetteville and Old Forge, New York and Denver, Co. where she gets to spend extended time with her twin 2 1/2-year-old granddaughters, Campbell and Hope. Burstein was born and bred in Fayetteville, is married to local attorney Alan S. Burstein for 46 years, and are parents of three children.
In keeping with tradition, last year’s award winner, Diane Kuppermann, is chairing the luncheon planning committee comprised of former award recipients.
To attend the event, reservations are required by Monday Oct. 26. To make a reservation and/or send a tribute card honoring Burstein, call Marlene Holstein at 446-7648.