Resolution J1052-2013

Honoring Debbie Gatoff upon the occasion of receiving the Gemilut Chasadim Award from Congregation Beth Israel

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  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 17, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Mar 26, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  Debbie  Gatoff  upon  the occasion of
receiving the Gemilut Chasadim Award from Congregation Beth Israel

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that  the
quality  and  character of life in the communities across New York State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those organiza-
tions and individuals who would devote themselves to the welfare of  the
community and its citizenry; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body  is  justly  proud  to  honor
Debbie  Gatoff upon the occasion of receiving the Gemilut Chasadim Award
from Congregation Beth Israel on Sunday, May 5,  2013,  in  Schenectady,
New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Debbie  Gatoff  grew  up in Congregation Beth Israel and its
Hebrew School; a graduate of Linton  High  School,  she  was  active  in
National Conference of Synagogue Youth; and
  WHEREAS,  After  her  second  year  at the University of Bridgeport in
Connecticut, Debbie Gatoff decided to take a two-week  trip  to  Israel,
fell  in  love  with the country, and stayed for three years; she worked
there as a child care provider in a  Children's  House  on  Kibbutz  Ein
Hamifratz in northern Israel; and
  WHEREAS,  Walking  in  the footsteps of her parents, Debbie Gatoff has
been an extraordinarily active member of Congregation  Beth  Israel  for
many years; she taught Hebrew School, is an active member of the Sister-
hood, and has served as President and long-term Treasurer; and
  WHEREAS,  Debbie Gatoff has been an integral part of the catering team
at Congregation Beth Israel for many years; she is a member of the syna-
gogue Board of Trustees and has served as Congregation Financial  Secre-
tary, Vice President and President; and
  WHEREAS, Debbie Gatoff served on many rabbinical search committees and
has  been  actively  involved in fund-raising; she is currently serving,
once again as a Vice President of the shul and Treasurer of the  Sister-
hood; and
  WHEREAS,  Debbie Gatoff has worked full-time as the Office Manager for
Capital Management Partners for many years, but has  found  time  to  be
active  in  the greater community as well; from 1986-1989, she served on
the Schenectady Board of Education, including one year as its President;
and
  WHEREAS, Working as a volunteer usher at Proctor's  Theater  for  many
years,  Debbie  Gatoff  is the granddaughter of Abraham and Jenny Deiber
and the daughter of Jack and Gwen Deiber;  she  is  a  third  generation
member of Congregation Beth Israel; and
  WHEREAS,  Debbie Gatoff's children, Jason and Sarah, the fourth gener-
ation, were also raised in the synagogue; Debbie is the proud grandmoth-
er of Jack and Bridget; and
  WHEREAS, Debbie Gatoff has demonstrated the true spirit of the Gemilut
Chasadim Award, which means "deeds  of  loving  kindness,"  through  her
tireless  dedication  to the Synagogue and to the community; now, there-
fore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  Debbie Gatoff upon the occasion of receiving the Gemilut Chasadim
Award from Congregation Beth Israel; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Debbie Gatoff.

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