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B’nai B’rith to honor Suzyn Schwebel Epstein as Guardian of Menorah

Saturday, May 10, 2008

A tribute banquet is planned June 1.

VIENNA — Suzyn Schwebel Epstein will be honored by B’nai B’rith as the 2008 Guardian of the Menorah during a tribute banquet at 6:30 p.m. June 1 at Squaw Creek Club, 761 Youngstown-Kingsville Road, Vienna.

The Guardian of the Menorah tribute is presented to outstanding members of the community who have demonstrated, through service and commitment, their devotion to the cause of youth and the Jewish and general community.

A recipient of the Esther Marks Volunteer Award in 2004, Schwebel Epstein is active with the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation through the Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Family Service, Young Leadership Committee, Horizon’s Unlimited, Levy Gardens Assisted Living and Heritage Manor.

She has been a volunteer at Heritage Manor, leading sing-a-longs as well as writing and producing a musical about Heritage Manor. She has been a choir member at Congregation El Emeth and Congregation Rodef Sholom. Epstein spearheaded the appropriation of Holocaust Torahs from Kent Gardens, England, for two local synagogues. She also served as an advisory board member for the Kent State University Hillel.

Schwebel Epstein serves on the Youngstown State University Judaic and Holocaust Studies Program Committee. She was the co-chair of the annual spring symposium and has been a key volunteer in fundraising. She is involved with the YSU Center for International Studies and is the coordinator for the Oskar Schindler exhibit planned for this September. She is fund development chair of the Ohio Council on Holocaust Education. Epstein also is a board member of the Youngstown Zionist Organization of America.

Schwebel Epstein has been president of the Junior League of Youngstown, a Foundation Trustee of Planned Parenthood of the Mahoning Valley, a docent and coordinator of five Holocaust exhibits at the Butler Institute of American Art, past president of the Youngstown Symphony Guild and a graduate of Leadership Mahoning Valley Class of 2000. She serves on the board of directors of the Henry H. Stambaugh Auditorium Association and is immediate past president of the Youngstown Hearing and Speech Center.

Living past recipients of the Guardian of the Menorah are Aaron Grossman, former state Sen. Harry Meshel, Atty. James L. Pazol, Samuel A. Roth, Bert Tamarkin, Florence Harshman, Dr. William Lippy, Terry Roth, Sam D. Roth, Paul Schwebel, Bruce Sherman, Gerald Peskin, Louis R. Epstein, William Vegh, Irving Lev, Dr. Saul Friedman, Sam Kooperman, Myra Benedikt, Susan Sokolov, Bruce Lev, Anita Shapiro and Dr. Richard Shapiro.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Bruce Sherman at (330) 783-1442.