Resolution J4716-2013

Honoring Dr. Irving and Elaine Shapiro posthumously upon the occasion of their designation as recipients of the Memorial Tribute Award by the Aleh Foundation

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  • May 6, 2014: ADOPTED
  • May 6, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 1, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  Dr. Irving and Elaine Shapiro posthu-
mously upon the occasion of their designation as recipients of the Memo-
rial Tribute Award by the Aleh Foundation

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, This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Dr. Irving and
Elaine  Shapiro  posthumously  upon the occasion of their designation as
recipients of the Memorial Tribute Award by the Aleh Foundation,  to  be
celebrated  at  the Foundation's 30th Annual Awards Dinner at the Museum
of Jewish Heritage in New York City, on Wednesday, May 21, 2014; and
  WHEREAS, The Aleh Foundation was established in 1984, by  a  group  of
women  wanting  to assist with the staggering needs of disabled children
in Israel; it has grown from  a  small  hospice  program  for  children,
becoming   Israel's   largest  provider  of  educational  rehabilitative
services to severely disabled children  with  a  network  of  more  than
30,000 friends throughout the United States; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Aleh  Foundation's  30th  Annual Awards Dinner is being
dedicated in loving memory to Dr.  Irving  and  Elaine  Shapiro,  and  a
special  benediction  will  be  recited in recognition of the tremendous
support they have given to the organization over the years; their  chil-
dren,  Dr.  Craig  Shapiro,  Joshua Kaplan, and Stephanie Cohen, will be
accepting the Memorial Tribute Award on their behalf; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Irving and Elaine Shapiro each dedicated their  lives  to
volunteerism  and  charity,  giving  back to their community and for the
good of mankind; and
  WHEREAS, This esteemed couple were important contributors to the  Aleh
Foundation,  helping fulfill its vital mission of helping disabled chil-
dren; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Irving and Elaine Shapiro were also noted for their  work
supporting  numerous  other  Jewish  causes; they helped found the Omaha
Hebrew Academy, and donated land for the Beth Israel Synagogue; and
  WHEREAS, Elaine Shapiro was a coordinator at the University of Nebras-
ka Transplant Program, where she  assisted  and  supported  families  of
transplant  patients;  she  was  recognized for her community service by
being awarded the Nebraska Volunteer of the Year Award; and
  WHEREAS, Throughout the entire period of their  community  service,  a
period  of constructive involvement, Dr. Irving and Elaine Shapiro stood
constant in dignity, good grace and humor; and
  WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by individuals
for the benefit of others which Dr. Irving and Elaine Shapiro  displayed
throughout their lives; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is the sense of this Legislative Body that when individ-
uals of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought  to  our  atten-
tion,  they  should  be celebrated and recognized by all the citizens of
this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  Dr.  Irving and Elaine Shapiro posthumously, upon the occasion of
their designation as recipients of the Memorial  Tribute  Award  by  the
Aleh Foundation; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the aforementioned children of Dr. Irving and Elaine Shapiro.

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