Fairways to success: The 25th Annual Hebrew Academy Golf Tournament

by | Oct 25, 2013 | Other News

Jody Balaban, Gary Kell, Mike Simon and Rabbi Jeff Arnowitz.

Jody Balaban, Gary Kell, Mike Simon and Rabbi Jeff Arnowitz.

Hebrew Academy of Tidewater’s 25th Annual HAT Golf Tournament held on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at Bayville Golf and Country Club was another outstanding triumph due to the generosity of spirit, time and funds of committee members, players and sponsors. It was a beautiful day marked by great sportsmanship and, of course, lots of food and celebration.

In fact, the hard work of 36 volunteers, 84 golfers/21 golf teams and HAT staff, resulted in this year’s event surpassing its goal. Among the volunteers were Andy and Jeff Klein who coordinated the PayDay Payroll Vegas Hole; Angela Jenkins, who assisted Bob Josephberg in chairing the tournament for many years, who continues to serve as an advisor to the school in planning this fundraiser; as well Patti Seeman and Rachel Abrams, HAT parents and volunteer co-chairs, whose tireless work made it such a success.

“The inaugural golf tournament began 25 years ago,” says Deb Segaloff, HAT development director, “thanks to the efforts of Eric Joffe, past HAT parent and current HAT grandparent, who wanted to start a fundraiser that would benefit our beloved Jewish Community Day school. It is on Eric’s wings that Bob Josephberg, past board president, took it to the next level, raising well over $1-million during the course of his tenure as event chair. Affectionately known as the Bob Josephberg Classic, the event is now chaired by David Cardon, who took the reins in 2011.”

Of very special note this year were the gold ribbons which were given to all participants to help raise awareness and honor HAT kindergartener and young Superhero, Ben Goldberg, who is currently fighting a battle against cancer. The school wishes him a refuah shlema (a complete recovery) and looks forward to seeing Ben back in action in the classroom where he brings joy to everyone he meets!

Letting no moss grow under their feet (or the golf course!), no sooner than the close of this long planned event did HAT’s team of volunteers begin planning next year’s tournament. Mark calendars for Sept. 9, 2014 and contact Deb Segaloff, at 424-4327 or dsegaloff@hebrewacademy.net to volunteer, play or become a sponsor.

Hebrew Academy of Tidewater is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

by Dee Dee Becker