This past Monday at the Friedman JCC, we welcomed long time JCC donor and friend, Max Bartikowsky along with his closest friends and family for a delicious lunch catered by our good friend Mitch Kornfeld from the Woodlands.
We also took time to tour Max and his friends through our beautiful new Friedman JCC facility. It was a pleasure for me to meet Max for the first time. He was one of the first major donors to the JCC’s Capital Building Campaign. This was his first visit to our Friedman JCC. For those of you who don’t know, Max was very involved at the JCC and in the community. Some know Max the Businessman, while others knew Max as the philanthropist, and finally Max the former JCC early morning basketball club commissioner. Having recently moved to the NEPA area with my wife, I could only imagine what the Public Square in Wilkes-Barre was like in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. I’m sure the Bartikowsky Jewelry Store was a focal point on South Main Street.
But beyond Max’s work as a jeweler, the general community has benefitted from his decades of generous contributions. The Friedman Jewish Community Center has been among the numerous beneficiaries of his work, which we are truly thankful. He has several onsite naming and dedication plaques here at the JCC.
State Senator Lisa Baker and State Representative Aaron Kaufer were in attendance wishing Max well. The festivities were conducted by Rabbi Larry Kaplan.
We have a lot to be proud of, a new facility with plenty of parking in a safe area. We have a talented staff and volunteer team dedicated to make our community healthier and stronger. I invite you all to be active at “your JCC”.