Rivke Berkowitz Memorial Scholarship for Study in Israel

Posted on June 7, 2016







At our Spring Banquet on May 29, 2016, Upstate NCSY inaugurated the Rivke Berkowitz Memorial Scholarship for study in Israel. The first awardee was Elen-Sarrah Dolgopolskaia, a graduating Buffalo NCSYer studying next year at Migdal Oz. We were honored that Dr. Berkowitz was able to be there to help us present the award and $1000 Scholarship.

Please consider donating in memory of Mrs. Berkowitz, to ensure we can continue to give this award in her memory to deserving Har Sinai NCSYers for many years to come. You can see the letter from our committee below.

Click here for our direct donation page – please designate your funds in memory of Mrs. B.
Please be in touch with any questions at upstate@ncsy.org, or 646-459-5175

Dear Friends,

We were all shocked this year to lose the heart and soul of Buffalo NCSY, Mrs. Rivke Berkowitz, a”h. Mrs. Berkowitz dedicated her life to Jewish youth and education. She connected with teens of all backgrounds and affiliations and gave selflessly to everyone. Her commitment to the Buffalo community made her an obvious choice to take over running Buffalo NCSY over 25 years ago, and like everything else, she gave 100 percent. She brought life and excitement to our shabbatons, beaming with pride and joy at anything “her kids” did, and ready to tell you about how they were the very best.

In so many ways Mrs. B and her husband, Dr. B, have been key figures over the last three decades in the region. From making sure the vans and buses were ordered, to recruiting any Jewish teen in Buffalo who could benefit from NCSY, to candy bar sale fundraising – the Berkowitzes have been crucial partners in running, growing, and supporting Har Sinai NCSY.

In looking ahead, we can think of no more appropriate way to honor Mrs. B and the impact she has had on our lives, than to start this campaign to support her kids.

We have created the Mrs. Rivke Berkowitz Memorial Scholarship for study in Israel, to be awarded to one Upstate graduating senior each year, to help them spend a year in Israel. Israel was incredibly important to Mrs. B, and Upstate teens who continue to make the choice to explore their heritage in Israel are carrying on this important legacy of hers. This award would be given out at our Spring banquet, and would be based on merit and NCSY involvement, with a preference for Buffalo teens.

We are also asking in this pledge drive for support for other local NCSY programs and funds. Specifically we are hoping to help Buffalo teens and teens from other small chapters attend meaningful Regional, National, and summer programs.

Please help us achieve our important goals and consider donating generously in Mrs. B’s merit and memory. May her memory be a blessing, inspiration, and source of great strength to us all.

Campaign Committee

Talia Berkowitz
Rabbi Moshe Crystal
Marc Fein
Ron Kutas
Shira Reifman
Rabbi Jeffrey Schrager
Devora Weinstock