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Posted on: May 12, 2016

Freeholders Award Proclamations at Last Meeting

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic has the desire to recognize the Passaic County Technical Institute upon being named as the “Number One School in the Nation” by the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Program; and
WHEREAS the W!SE (Working in Support of Education) Organization is a leading non-profit organization in New York City with a mission to improve the lives of young people through programs that develop financial literacy and readiness for college and the workforce; and
WHEREAS the announcement naming the 2016 ranking of the 100 best W!SE high schools teaching Personal Finance was made at a special ceremony held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on April 11, 2016, where the Passaic County Technical Institute was presented with trophies and a banner and its NJROTC Color Guard was invited to conduct the Presentation of Colors at the event along with teachers and students; and
WHEREAS this award comes in light of exemplary results on the program’s Financial Literacy Certification test, which proves that the Passaic County Technical Institute is successfully educating its students and preparing them for the future; and
WHEREAS the finance students at Passaic County Technical Institute achieved a 100% passing rate on the certification test with scores averaging an outstanding 93% and the school received top accolades in the Large High School Category where they were also ranked number one; and
WHEREAS their families, community, county and state have every reason to be proud of this outstanding achievement, and this Board joins with Passaic County Technical Institute in celebrating this momentous occasion;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic that it publicly acknowledges and extends its most heartfelt congratulations to the finance students, teachers and staff at the Passaic County Technical Institute upon the school being named “Number One in the Nation” by the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Program; and
BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED that this Board expresses its sincere best wishes to the Passaic County Technical Institute and its students for continued success.
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PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic is aware that The Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey is hosting its annual tribute dinner on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the Temple Beth Rishon in Wyckoff where Joy Kurland will be honored for her valuable contributions to the Jewish community and her work as former Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey; and
WHEREAS Joy Kurland attended Syracuse University, earned her B.A. from Upsala College in East Orange and her M.S.W. from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work of Yeshiva University and upon graduating she began her career as a social worker in the youth department of the YWCA in Ridgewood, she was subsequently employed as a group worker for the grade school department of the JCC of Metropolitan New Jersey in West Orange, her career also included supervising the campus youth programs for Jewish Student Services of MetroWest at Montclair State University, Drew University, and Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison where, during her 15 year tenure, she played an instrumental role in enhancing Jewish life on these campuses by developing programs that strengthened and reinforced the Jewish identity of student organizations at these universities; and
WHEREAS Joy Kurland served as Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey from 1990 through 2015, where her responsibilities included the supervision and administration of the overall Federation Community Relations Department which encompassed the development, planning and implementation of programs and projects that addressed the areas of Government Relations and Public Policy, Intergroup Relations, Israel and World Affairs, Jewish Leadership Forum which focused on fostering intragroup dialogue, and Tikkun Olam (social justice), she also served as the Regional JCRC Director for three New Jersey Federations including the Jewish Federation of Northern NJ, United Jewish Communities of MetroWest and the Jewish Federation of Central NJ from 2009 to 2011; and
WHEREAS Joy Kurland has dedicated her career to fostering intergroup relations, coalition building and promoting efforts that contribute to enhancing the Jewish community relations agenda, she has worked closely with many individuals and organizations that comprise the rich diversity of northern New Jersey, her efforts toward fostering understanding and mutual respect among the many racial, ethnic and religious groups resulted in the creation and expansion of various collaborative endeavors, she played a leading role in reaching out to engage additional faith communities in the vital work carried out by the Interfaith Brotherhood/Sisterhood Committee of Bergen County which is comprised of eight faith groups; and
WHEREAS Joy Kurland has been the recipient of many honors, awards, and recognitions for her contributions to the community throughout her career; and
WHEREAS Joy Kurland is a committed and caring person who gives unselfishly and freely of her time and energy in helping others and enriching the lives of the community at large, and this Board would like to publicly recognize, acknowledge, and applaud the outstanding and continuing contributions made by Joy Kurland;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic that it publicly congratulates Joy Kurland upon her being honored by The Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey; and
BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED that this Board wishes Joy Kurland continued health, happiness and success.
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PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic is aware that Temple Beth Tikvah of Wayne is celebrating the 50th Anniversary and Retirement of Cantor Charles Romalis on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Preakness Hills Country Club during the Temple’s own Year of Jubilee Celebration; and
WHEREAS Cantor Charles Romalis of Wayne is the only Reformed Jewish Cantor in the United States to have served a single synagogue for 50 consecutive years, he has been the full-time cantor at Temple Beth Tikvah since 1966; and
WHEREAS Cantor Charles Romalis has been singing with his family in synagogue and youth group since he was eight years old, he was the junior cantor in the synagogue where his father was a cantor for 36 years, he was also a member of the Romalis Family Choir that performed in concerts for different organizations; and
WHEREAS Cantor Charles Romalis was the youngest student ever at age 17 to enter Hebrew Union College to study Reformed Cantoring and when he graduated in 1966 the Rabbi at Temple Beth Tikvah, who was one of his professors, recommended him to audition for the cantor position at Temple Beth Tikvah which congregation was growing rapidly and needed a full-time cantor; and
WHEREAS Cantor Charles Romalis has brought different kinds of Jewish music to the synagogue from folky to classical, he has been a teacher at every grade level in religious school and has led many adult, children and intergenerational choirs, he has conducted life cycle events from birth to death, including baby naming, confirmation, weddings, renewal of vows and unveiling, he has witnessed approximately 2,200 bat and bar mitzvahs; and
WHEREAS Cantor Charles Romalis will continue to focus on the programs the Temple Beth Tikvah has planned for its year-long celebration of special events for its Year of Jubilee; and
WHEREAS Cantor Charles Romalis has been married for 50 years to his wife Louise, who also sings and helps with hospital visits, they reside in Wayne; and
WHEREAS Cantor Charles Romalis is a committed and caring person who gives unselfishly and freely of his time and energy in helping others and enriching the lives of the community at large, and this Board would like to publicly recognize, acknowledge, and applaud the outstanding and continuing contributions made by Cantor Charles Romalis;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic that it publicly congratulates Cantor Charles Romalis for his service to the community for the past 50 years; and
BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED that this Board wishes him continued health, happiness and success.

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