Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains played host to the Westchester Jewish Council (WJC) 43rd anniversary gala on Sunday evening, February 9. The celebration honored Tracey Bilski, Elizabeth Lampert and Harry Mamaysky for their dedication and service to the Westchester Jewish community.
The Westchester Jewish Council connects Westchester’s Jewish communities and strengthens relationships among 140 Jewish organizations and other ethnic and faith based groups, elected officials, Israel and the community at large.
Bilski is a philanthropic entrepreneur with more than 25 years of leadership experience. Her work for the past decade has been defined by the Jewish teenage experience. Bilski co-founded and chaired J-Teen Leadership (2006-2013), an award-winning community service and Jewish leadership program engaging more than 500 high school students annually. J-Teen Leadership has been a part of WJC since 2009 and has been recognized by Slingshot as one of the most innovative organizations in North America. Slingshot, www.slingshotfund.org, is an annual competition of the most inspiring and innovative organizations, projects and programs in the North American Jewish community today. After Hurricane Katrina, Bilski organized four teen-led service trips to New Orleans and Baton Rouge, offering much-needed assistance and supplies. She also led five teen-led humanitarian missions to Cuba to bring necessary supplies to the Jewish community.
Bilski has a reputation for bringing innovation and metrics to non-profit organizations. As a UJA-Federation of New York lay leader, she served as co-chair of Westchester Young Leadership, chair of the Westchester Women’s Philanthropy and presently serves on the Board of Directors. She also chairs the Westchester Regional Advisory Council. Bilski and her husband, Mark, live in Chappaqua and have three grown daughters.
Lampert serves on the Board of the Westchester Jewish Council and currently co-chairs the Council’s Security Committee. While living in Australia, Lampert volunteered for the Parent Safety Group (PSG) at her children’s school, patrolling the outside perimeter of the school at drop off and pick up times. Under the auspices of the Communal Security Group (CSG), her training as a PSG volunteer included learning methods of defense. She was soon leading the PSG team at her school and continued patrolling outside synagogues on Shabbat and holidays.
Upon returning to their home in Edgemont in July, 2010, Lampert joined the security committee at Shaarei Tikvah and wrote a Department of Homeland Security grant in 201l. She presented the community service plan at a Westchester Jewish Council Security Roundtable. A member of the security committee at the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, Lampert realized the importance of consistent training and maintaining proper emergency procedures at Jewish institutions. Lampert and her husband, David, have three children.
Mamaysky, born in Odessa, Ukraine, came to the U.S. with his family in 1979. He received a Ph.D. in financial economics from MIT and was a professor at the Yale School of Management for several years before entering the New York business world. Deciding that academia was his calling, he began teaching at Columbia Business School, where he is currently the director of the program for Financial Studies.
Mamaysky has a lifelong commitment to Jewish issues. Conscious of his roots, he believes in “giving back.” He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester. At WJC, Mamaysky co-chairs the WJC Security Committee. The family lives in Scarsdale.
To learn more about the WJC, please go to: www.wjccouncil.org or call 914-328-7001.
By Yvette Finkelstein