Honoring Elliot Forchheimerby Representative Eliot L. Engel
Posted on 2015-01-28
of new york
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Mr. ENGEL. Mr. Speaker, community partners who are truly dedicated to
serving the public good are an invaluable asset to any elected official
in government. As the Representative of New York's 16th district I have
had the pleasure of working with some truly remarkable community
leaders, none more remarkable than my dear friend, Westchester Jewish
Council Executive Director Elliot Forchheimer.
Raised in Kew Gardens, Queens, Elliot's love affair with Jewish communal life started at the legendary Cejwin Camps, where he was inspired to pursue a career in the Jewish community. He became an Administrator at Camp Ramah and went on the join the Young Israel of Scarsdale, where he was a Youth Director for six years under the mentorship of the late Rabbi Jacob Rubenstein.
In 1996 Elliot joined the UJA-Federation of New York in the Program Services department, serving in a position focused on camps and JCC's. Shortly thereafter he became the very first Director of Westchester Program Services and Agency Relations for UJA-Federation's Westchester Office. After a stint at Synagogue 2000, Elliot returned to UJA- Federation's Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal, focusing on synagogue relations.
Elliot's greatest professional privilege however has been serving for the last 10 years as the Executive Director of the Westchester Jewish Council. In this role he has steered the proverbial ship at WJC, working with elected officials, community groups, and over 150 Jewish organizations that span the breadth of Jewish expression. Elliot has helped ensure that Westchester remains a bastion of mutual respect and cooperation amongst all community members.
In addition to his phenomenal career achievements, Elliot has created an incredible legacy at home, with his beloved wife, Joan, and their two children, Ilana and Jacob. They are his true pride and joy.
This year, the WJC is honoring Elliot at their 39th Anniversary Gala for all he has done to better the Westchester community. I am honored to be able to congratulate Elliot on this incredible achievement, and I am even more honored to be able to call this incredible community partner my friend.