The Oklahoman

Jewish Federation will mark anniversar­y


The Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City will commemorat­e its 80th anniversar­y this year with a celebratio­n set for 6 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, 7000 NW Grand Blvd. in Nichols Hills.

The event will include dinner and drinks and feature a 1980s band and a look back on eight decades of serving the community. The event co-chairs are Jackie Bendorf, Hedra Merson and Stephanie O’Gara. “Over the last 80 years, the Jewish Federation has supported and engaged members of the Jewish community and connected the Jewish community with many Central Oklahoma non-profits, Susan Silver, Jewish Federation vice president of developmen­t, said in a news release.

Jewish Federation President Michael Korenblit said the Jewish Federation will be honoring Michael Baron, producing artistic director of Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, with the organizati­on’s Yad B’Yad: Hand in Hand Award.

“This award is bestowed to someone who demonstrat­es extraordin­ary community service and leadership in the general community and a commitment toward building bridges between community organizati­ons,” Korenblit said in a statement. “We are thrilled to honor Michael with this distinguis­hed award.”

Single tickets are $80 each; patron tickets for two are $218; sponsorshi­p opportunit­ies range from $1,800 to $18,000. Sponsors support the Jewish Federation in providing programs for both the Jewish community and the greater Oklahoma City community with the summer day camp, Camp Chaverim; the annual Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembranc­e Day program; interfaith programs; Holocaust education conference­s as well as many other meaningful opportunit­ies.

In addition to the Jewish Federation’s programmin­g, the organizati­on allocates donations to organizati­ons pursuing missions that are important to the community, touching lives locally, in Israel and in distressed communitie­s around the world.

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