NEWARK, NJ – The Treasurer of the Weequahic High School Alumni Association in Newark was one of the awardees at the Essex County’s Jewish Heritage Month celebration in 2021.

The Essex County Board of County Commissioners hosted its annual Zoom conference call last week recognizing three residents who have made great contributions to Livingston, Newark and Bloomfield (Check out the video below).

Award winners include:

  • Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg of the B’nai Abraham Temple in Livingston
  • Arthur Lutzke, Treasurer of the Weequahic High School Alumni Association in Newark
  • Frederic Pressman, (posthumously) former Vice President for Religious Life at Ner Tamid Temple in Bloomfield

The event “also celebrated the achievements of Jewish men and women everywhere,” and honored members of the Essex County’s Jewish community for their “contributions to the county and society at large,” according to a statement from the Commissioner Board.

Commissioner At-Large Patricia Sebold, the only Jewish board member, took pride in her faith and joy in resuming the annual celebration after last year’s unfortunate cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I am proud to be a Jewish American and am delighted to be the catalyst for the Board of Directors celebration.” She said.

The Board of Commissioners provided the following background to this year’s award winners:

David Vaisberg – “He has been recognized for his spiritual guidance as Chief Rabbi of the B’nai Abraham Temple in Livingston. He has also been recognized for his achievements as a writer, advocate for education and for his work in the struggle for social justice. He has partnered with New Jersey in organizing churches in Essex County, Temple B’nai Abraham led efforts to improve his technological skills to meet the demands of the 21st century and worked with community members to combat hatred and anti-Semitism. “

Arthur Lutzke – “Working with its leadership, the Weequahic High School Alumni Association has funded hundreds of Weequahic High School graduates attending college or engineering school. To date, the committee has raised nearly $ 1 million in scholarships and enrichment programs for sports teams and other student activities. In response to the pandemic, Weequahic High School students were given 100 Google Chromebooks and their licenses while providing support to the New Jersey Community Food Bank and Beth Israel Hospital staff. “

Frederic Pressman – “He was the longtime Chair of Religious Life at Ner Tamid Temple in Bloomfield. He took the meaning of Tikkun Olam or ‘Mend the World’ literally. Whether cutting vegetables at the Bloomfield CafĂ©, attended the Park Methodist Church’s monthly feeding program. Or organized the collection of over 20 tons of donated food for the human needs pantry, which he sets by example. His wife Ronnie graciously represented her late husband and thanked the board for the honor. “

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