There were 32 Scouts, Scouters, and family members in attendance at the annual Jewish Committee on Scouting of Suffolk County Council Boy Scouts of America’s Awards and Recognitions Breakfast on February 28, 2016. Hosted by Temple Beth Chai of Hauppauge on Long Island, the event was opened by Northeast Region Jewish Committee on Scouting chair Bruce Streger, who delivered the invocation and opening prayers.The welcome was given by Suffolk County Jewish Committee on Scouting chair Barry Kopeloff who also delivered a keynote address, indicating his plans for the future and the committee’s past accomplishments. Kopeloff said he plans to raise funds to rebuild and rededicate the Silverman Chapel at Baiting Hollow Boy Scout Camp.
During special ceremonies, presentations of medals and certificates were made by JCOS chairman emeritus Bruce Streger, JCOS Chair Barry Kopeloff and Religious Emblems Coordinator Jan Rose of the Jewish Committee on Scouting of Suffolk County Council to those Scouts who had recently earned their religious emblems. Parents of the Scouts assisted in the ceremonies by pinning the emblems onto each youth’s uniform and presenting a certificate, a religious knot and a JCOS kippah.
Presentations were the Maccabee Emblem to Cub Scout Alex G. of 457 (Dix Hills) and the Ner Tamid Boy Scout Emblem to Samuel A. of Troop 179 (West Islip), and to Josh B. and Jayson B. of Troop 125 (Commack).
There are several other Cub Scouts working on their emblems and Boy Scouts who are currently working on their Ner Tamid Emblems but were completed in time for presentation at the 2016 annual JCOS Recognitions and Awards Breakfast.A special recognition was presented to Boy Scout Jayson B. of Troop 125 (Commack) by Streger for his service to the JCOS of Suffolk County Council. First Class Scout Jayson B. had been requested to create a design for this year’s annual council Scout Sabbath patch, which would be given to anyone in uniform that attended any Scout Sabbath in 2016. It was his patch design that has been used as the Scout Sabbath Participation Patch during the Scout Sabbath services at 13 synagogues and several churches throughout Suffolk County this year.
The closing prayers were led by Rabbi Rhonda Nebel of Temple Beth Chai.