It was the Bronx Jewish Community Council's 6th Annual 'Breakfast for Champions that was held at the Riverdale Jewish center this morning. The Champions being honored at this Breakfast of Champions were those who have given of themselves to help others who are in need or need help. The many honorees and volunteers who are a part of the Bronx Jewish Community Council do so without thanks, but this was one way to say thank you to those who were being honored. On hand were NYC Public Advocate Leticia James. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., State Senators Jeff Klein and Ruben Diaz Sr., Assembly members Jeff Dinowitz, Mark Gjonaj, and Luis Sepulveda, Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson, Councilman Andrew Cohen, and several Judges from the various courts.
The Executive Director of the BJCC Mr. Brad Silver gave the opening remarks, and then turned the event over to Mr. Mark Engel the Master of Ceremonies. The nathional anthems of both the United states and the State of Israel were sung by Mr. Shelly Fine. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. was the Keynote speaker, and the photos below will tell the rest of the story.
Above - A large number of elected officials were on hand including BP Ruben Diaz Jr., State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda, who were joined by Public Advocate Leticia James, State Senator Jeff Klein, and Bronx DA Robert Johnson.
Above - Bronx Chamber of Commerce President Lenny Caro received the Bronx Business Leader Award from Public Advocate Leticia James, with BCC Executive Director Michelle Dolgow Cristofaro holding the award.
Below - State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. gives the Bronx Realty Leader Award to Eliezer Rodriguez.
Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz and Ms.Niti Minkove present the Leaders of Tomorrow Award to S.A.R. Academy students Donna.and Yael of Project Hope.
Below - Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda and Ms. Arlene Salman present the the Guardian of Cheses Award to Mr. Andrew Golub.
Above - Bronx BP Ruben Diaz Jr. and former Assemblyman Steve Kauffman Present the Public Service Award to Ms. Marlene Cintron President of the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation.
Below Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj presents the Lorance Hockert Labor of Love Award to Ms. Judy Uman.
Above - Even after foot surgery that has Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson walking with crutches, he said that he did not want to miss today's breakfast to show his support for the BJCC.
Below - Rabbi Israel Greenberg thanks those who came and introduces Judge Barry Salman.
Above - Judge Salman give his wife Arlene an award for her many years of service to the BJCC.
Below - A group photo of the Honorees, elected officials, and other members of BJCC.