Today is August 20, 2019 -

Mazel Tov

Mazel Tov to our 2019 award recipients!

  • Ann Zonderman, President’s Award
  • Carl Bloomberg, Sidney Albert Community Service Award

GE brought the young Zonderman family from Massachusetts to Niskayuna in 1977.  Ann and Paul, and their children, Lauren and Jeff thrived-they were warmly received by Ann’s Mom and her sister and brother-in-law, Bette and Stuart Kraut and their daughters, Deb and Karen.  They were warmly embraced by their new Jewish community.  Through the years Ann was an active participant and leader in Women’s Philanthropy at the Jewish Federation.  She served as chair, campaign chair and presently serves on the board.  Ann has served on the Federation Board of Directors and is currently on the Campaign cabinet.  Ann is also actively involved at Congregation Agudat Achim having served on the synagogue board, strategic planning committee and as a volunteer with its fabulous catering service, Divine Kosher Cuisine.  Ann has also served on the Daughters of Sarah Auxiliary and the board at Jewish Family Services.  In the secular community, she served on the board of Bethesda House for the homeless and Working Group on Girls of Schenectady.  Professionally, Ann dedicated herself to a career in speech and language therapy in the Amsterdam School District.  Ann was selected for the President’s Award for her life-long dedication to community.

Inspired by his children Jill and Jon, and his grandchildren, to make the world a better place today and for generations to come, Carl Bloomberg devotes much of his time carrying out their wishes. He has served as annual campaign chair for the Jewish Federation annual campaign multiple times.  He is a member of the Federation’s Endowment Board of Governors and he serves on the board at Daughters of Sarah.  Carl was the first president of Albany Meals on Wheels, helping guide the effort through its early years, and he has volunteered with Senior Services of Albany. In 2010, he received the Dr. Morton Berger Memorial Award from the Maimonides Hebrew Day School on the occasion of the school’s 30th anniversary celebration.  In 2015, Carl was recognized by the Albany JCC as a Pillar of the Community in recognition of his contribution to the local Jewish community.   Carl was raised in Swampscott, Massachusetts and is a graduate of Yale University.   Carl is the owner of Capitol Staple Company in Albany and is a member of Congregation Beth Emeth and the Albany JCC.  Carl was selected for this most prestigious award for his lifetime of Jewish community involvement.

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