Society Roundup

On Sunday, May 22, the JCC Celebration Ball will honor the achievements of Julie Green Rommel, David Segal and Leslie Stern.  The event will also highlight the youngest members of the JCC community, the preschoolers and the JCC Cares Social Action Program, which brings the community together to perform Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and Gemilut Hasadim (acts of loving kindness).

Julie Green Rommel, regional communications manager for Wells Fargo in Orange County, serves on the JCC board of directors, governance committee, finance and budget committee and has been the Camp Yofi committee chair for the past three years.

“It feels wonderful to be selected among so many other leaders I admire,” Green Rommel said.  My hope is that the attention will allow me to bring even more attention and resources to a place and organization that matters to my family and so many people.”

She added, “I started at the J as a preschooler in San Diego.  The JCC of Orange County helps to make the world feel a little bit smaller for so many people by providing a welcoming, friendly, amazing and culturally Jewish place for people to belong and gather.  I work to do more because of the friends I’ve made and serve with on the board of directors and the top-notch leaders who know how to masterfully channel our collective contributions into a world class Jewish Community Center.”

David Segal, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner, is a vice president of the JCC Board of Directors, JCC Economic Emergency Committee and chair of the Finance and Budget
Committee for the past four years.  He said, “It is very humbling to be honored as there are so many wonderful community leaders who volunteer their time and support the J.  The J is a great resource for our community – bringing entire families together for education, culture, and entertainment.”

Leslie Stern, a former elementary school teacher, is co-chair of the parent advisory committee at the JCC preschool, served on the Totally Social Women’s Group committee and on the family service team of OneOC.

Stern said, “The JCC provides our family an opportunity to conduct many of our everyday activities in a Jewish setting.  This allows us to develop and maintain Jewish friendships and for our children to learn Jewish values in preschool.  The JCC really keeps us connected to our local Jewish community.

She added, “I’ve agreed to accept this honor on behalf of all the volunteers and staff of the preschool.  It takes the full preschool community to run the type of school environment that we want for our children.  It is a real privilege to work with a great team and to be able to represent them at our celebration ball.”
The JCC Celebration Ball raises necessary funds to provide scholarships for families in the Jewish community dealing with difficult economic circumstances.  Proceeds will support the Merage JCC Scholarship program benefiting the preschool, after-school programs and summer camps.

For more information contact sarip@jccoc.org , visit www.jccoc.org or call (949) 435-3400.

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