Resolution J2017-2013

Commending Sandy and Bill Kassimir, recipients of the Couple of the Year Award at the Jericho Jewish Center's 2013 Gala Evening of Tribute on June 3, 2013

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  • May 23, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 23, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 21, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Sandy and Bill Kassimir upon the occa-
sion  of  their  designation as the recipients of the Couple of the Year
Award at the Jericho Jewish Center's 2013 Gala  Evening  of  Tribute  on
June 3, 2013

WHEREAS, The quality and character of life in the Empire State is great-
ly  enriched  by  the  faithful and generous service of those who devote
themselves to endeavors of family, faith and community; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative  Body  to  recognize  and
commend  individuals  of such magnanimous conduct and bearing who demon-
strate a deep and continuing  concern  for  others,  and  in  so  doing,
inspire others to do the same; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern and fully in accord with its long-
standing traditions, it is  the  intent  of  this  Legislative  Body  to
commend  Sandy  and Bill Kassimir upon the occasion of their designation
as the recipients of the Couple of the Year Award at the Jericho  Jewish
Center's  2013  Gala Evening of Tribute to be held at the Center on June
3, 2013; and
  WHEREAS, The Jericho Jewish Center is a true center of Jewish communal
life, serving the religious, educational and social needs of  the  young
and old of the Jericho community; and
  WHEREAS,  On  the  joyous  occasion of its Gala Evening of Tribute the
Jericho Jewish Center will proudly honor Sandy and  Bill  Kassimir  with
its Couple of the Year Award; and
  WHEREAS,  Sandy  and Bill Kassimir have belonged to the Jericho Jewish
Center since 1963 and have been members of the Sisterhood and Men's Club
since the very beginning; they have been married for 56 years; and
  WHEREAS, Their three wonderful children, Joanne, Owen, and Gary, along
with their spouses Andy, Debbie and Sherri, have blessed Sandy and  Bill
with  seven  grandchildren  Jaclyn,  Valerie,  Alexandra, Ethan, Alison,
Vicki, and Marisa who always light up Sandy and Bill's  lives  and  have
given them great joy; and
  WHEREAS,  Bill  and Sandy both grew up in the Bronx and met on a blind
date in 1953; they married in 1956 just a couple of weeks after Bill was
discharged from the Army where he served two years in Germany; and
  WHEREAS, Bill, a retired pharmacist, graduated first in his class from
Long Island University's Brooklyn College of Pharmacy; he  is  a  former
owner  of  Gilliar  Pharmacies in Great Neck; he was a charter member of
the Jericho Chapter of the Knights of Pythias  and  chaired  its  Summer
Camp Committee for Underprivileged Children for many years; and
  WHEREAS,  It  was  through Lou Staub, Sandy's father, that Bill became
active at the Jericho Jewish Center; both Fay and Lou Staub were staunch
supporters of Jewish causes and  inspired  Bill  to  follow  suit;  Bill
served  as the Jericho Jewish Center's President from 1999-2001 and is a
regular attendee at morning minyan; and
  WHEREAS, Bill, Sandy, and her  mother  Fay  were  among  the  original
founders  of  the  Jericho  Jewish Center Holocaust Memorial Garden, for
which Bill continues to raise funds by selling plaques and  personalized
bricks for the beautiful garden's Walk of Remembrance; and
  WHEREAS,  Bill  Kassimir  joined  the  Jericho Jewish Center's theater
group in the 1980's where he enjoyed many memorable times acting,  sing-
ing and dancing in three musical productions; and
  WHEREAS, Sandy Kassimir has been volunteering since her teenage years;
she  entertained at the Kingsbridge Veterans Hospital in the Bronx regu-
larly playing the piano; and
  WHEREAS, A Past President of the Jericho Chapter of  Woman's  American
ORT, Sandy Kassimir has been honored as its Woman of the Year and, as an

active  member of the Jericho Jewish Center Sisterhood, she participates
at all functions, often times offering her expertise to a  multitude  of
its programs; and
  WHEREAS,  Sandy's  artistic  skills  are  well  known as well; her oil
paintings, calligraphy, and sterling sliver jewelry have all been exhib-
ited on Long Island; her most recent passion is writing and she is happy
to have published her 727 page memoir  REMINISCING  THROUGH  THE  YEARS,
which  was written to enlighten her children and grandchildren about her
origin and life experiences; and
  WHEREAS, In their spare time Sandy and Bill  enjoy  their  garden  and
propagating  plants;  they specialize in tropical plants which bloom for
them year round; traveling has also been an important and exciting  part
of  their  lives; cruising has taken them to many exotic places and they
especially enjoy vacationing with their family; and
  WHEREAS, The Jericho Jewish Center is proud to honor  Sandy  and  Bill
Kassimir as recipients of its 2013 Couple of the Year Award; and
  WHEREAS,  The Kassimirs have been active members of the Jericho Jewish
Center for many years and are  appreciative  of  being  named  its  2013
Couple of the Year; and
  WHEREAS,  Throughout the course of their service to the Jericho Jewish
Center and their community,  Sandy  and  Bill  Kassimir  have  exhibited
uncommon  valor  and  wisdom; their involvement and leadership have been
characterized by an impressive commitment, an unbridled enthusiasm,  and
an uncompromising standard of excellence in all their endeavors; and
  WHEREAS,  Sandy  and  Bill  Kassimir are sincerely devoted members and
leaders of the Jericho Jewish Center and  their  community  as  well  as
generous supporters of many worthy programs and causes at the Center and
in the community; and
  WHEREAS,  This Legislative Body is proud to extend its highest commen-
dation to Sandy and Bill Kassimir for their dedication and commitment to
their community and their heritage; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to pay
tribute to Sandy and Bill Kassimir upon the  occasion  of  their  desig-
nation  as the recipients of the Couple of the Year Award at the Jericho
Jewish Center's 2013 Gala Evening of Tribute on June 3, 2013; and be  it
further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Sandy and Bill Kassimir.

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