Celebrating Community for 82 Years
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Houston, TX – Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston is celebrating 82 years of leadership and community at its annual meeting Tuesday, May 15 at 7:00 PM in the Kaplan Theatre of the Gerald Rauch Cultural and Performing Arts Wing. This year’s theme, “Resilient & Strong: Building Community Together,” reflects the post-Hurricane Harvey commitment to rebuilding not only the J, but also Meyerland and the greater Houston community.

In addition to electing new members to the Board of Directors, the meeting commemorates 82 years of programming, volunteer service and leadership. Members and the public are invited to get an update on the state of the agency.

A highlight of the Annual Meeting is the recognition of the winners of the prestigious David H. White award. The Selection Committee, chaired by Bobbi Samuels, announced the 2018 recipients of the David H. White Award are Joe Kaplan and Benjamin Warren.

“Our community is so lucky to be able to recognize two outstanding leaders whose extraordinary accomplishments make them excellent recipients to receive the 2018 David H. White Award. Both of these men are champions of so many wonderful organizations and continue to fulfill a legacy of community leadership and support,” said Board President Debbie Kaplan.

Joe Kaplan is a leader who is committed to re-building his community. He is currently chairing a fundraising campaign for the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston for Hurricane Harvey relief with a goal of raising $30 million to help our community. A past president of the Emery/Weiner School (EWS), Kaplan co-chaired the efforts to create its high school. He is also on the executive committees of the Federation, the National Young Leadership Cabinet, AIPAC and EWS and was previously on the board of Congregation Emanu El and the AJC. Kaplan is currently chairman of General Healthcare Resources/ Recruit IQ Staffing and has served as chairman and CEO of T-Rex Services, president of BrightHome Energy Solutions and has held key leadership positions and currently sits on the board of a multitude of other organizations.

“Joe Kaplan is a visionary in our community, and I am thrilled he has been chosen as this year’s David H. White Award recipient. Joe has made a difference, offering his expertise and leadership to numerous organizations,” continued Kaplan.

Benjamin Warren is a dedicated community leader with a deep sense of passion for educating, caring for and changing the lives of challenged and underserved populations through education. His philanthropic commitments include serving on the boards of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, Jewish Family Services Foundation, Houston Jewish Community Foundation, Holocaust Museum Houston, Cristo Rey Houston College Preparatory Academy and KIPP Houston Public Schools among others. A successful entrepreneur, Warren is the CEO of a multi-generational family office and investment pool of capital who has built, managed and sold market leading food businesses with extensive operations across the U.S.

“We are so excited to honor Benjamin Warren with the David H. White Award. His leadership is evident through his passion for giving back to our community and his life-long commitment to leadership. He has and continues to make an important impact on our community,” said Kaplan.

Several other members of the community will be honored for their tireless work and dedication to the mission of the J. The Stanley Rosenblatt Volunteer Excellence Award will be awarded to Neil Aussenberg and Emily Weingarten Stein for their volunteer service. Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Assistant Executive Director Marilyn Hassid and Early Childhood Program Director Bonnie Kasner will be given the Jerry Wische Staff Excellence Award.

Members of the J and the public are invited to the Annual Meeting followed by a dessert and wine reception in the Deutser Art Gallery. RSVP by May 8, 2018 to Judy Weil at Visit for more information about our programs and services. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Houston is a non-profit organization that provides quality programs for all members of the family including infants, school-aged children, teens, adults and seniors. Evelyn Rubenstein JCC provides more than $500,000 in scholarship aid to area families in need thanks to the generous support received, in part, from the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston and the United Way.


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