2018-05-09 / Local News

Brill Endowment provides funds for special May programs at JCC

By STEPHANIE DWORKIN Katz JCC, Cherry Hill marketing director


May Brill with Brian Adler, JCC fundraising director, with the donation that began the Norman and May Brill Memorial Endowment Fund. May Brill with Brian Adler, JCC fundraising director, with the donation that began the Norman and May Brill Memorial Endowment Fund. May Brill of Cherry Hill turns 94 on May 13. Brill spends many of her weekdays at the Katz JCC, participating in countless social, recreational and wellness programs, as well as volunteering her time. Brill is driven to educate the community about the military and its veterans. This sparked her desire to start an endowment fund, the Norman and May Brill Memorial Endowment Fund, as well as for every May to be recognized as Remember the Veterans Month at the Katz JCC. The fund is one of many Katz JCC endowments managed by the Jewish Community Foundation, Inc.

Programs planned for Remember the Veterans Month include a lecture about the history of women in the military and the Women’s Auxiliary and a film about 350 years of Jewish participation in the fight for our country’s freedom. Every Friday in May, the JCC’s lunch program will be free of charge, and a special Remember the Veterans Lunch will recognize JCC members who were also veterans who are no longer with us. Programs begin at 10:30 a.m.

Brill will be the second speaker in the new series. Her talk, set for Friday, May 11, will be on “Women in the Military.” Also speaking that day will be Debra Mellitz, wife of Col. Nelson Mellitz. She will speak on “The History of the Women’s Auxiliary of Jewish War Veterans Post 126 of Southern New Jersey.”

Brill is a U.S. Navy veteran, as was her late husband, Norman, and they both served during World War II. She is an active member and honorary commander of the Jewish War Veterans Post 126. She is also actively involved as the leader of program development for residents of the Vineland Veterans Memorial Home and chair of Women in the Military for all of New Jersey. She frequently speaks to classrooms of students about American history and the history of veterans, especially female veterans. She is the president of the JCC’s senior group, The Goodtimers, and volunteers her time serving lunch at the JCC’s senior meal program.

To learn more about Remember the Veterans Month, to have a deceased veteran’s name announced and a memorial candle lit at one of the programs, as well as for additional information on upcoming programs, please contact Marcy Weiner Lahav at (856) 424-4444, ext. 1247 or mlahav@jfedsnj.org. s

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