Giraffe Award

Announcing the Giraffe Award Winners!

Grades K-2 Emily & Zander Stern project is EZ Lemonade Stand

Grades 3-5 Max Roth  project is Beading for Josie 

Grades 6-8  Tyler Fazzari  project is 

Grades 9-12  Maddy Ernst, Ben Floch & Ryan Siegel  project is  Efshar Class Teens



In celebration of Giving Tuesday, we are giving out "Giraffe Awards" to students in our community who stick out their neck to help others and the world around them.  We received many applications, and we were thrilled to see the incredible work that our students are doing to make our world a better place.  


Each application proved that we have truly spectacular students in our synagogue community.  A voting group comprised of both congregational lay leaders and teachers looked at all of the applicants anonymously to determine our honorees for this year.   

The winners in each category will be recognized at an award ceremony on Tuesday, November 29 at 7:15 pm.  I hope that you can join us!  We truly are blessed to have such amazing kids in our midst. 







To make a donation for #GivingTuesday in honor of our Giraffe Award Winners please click on the name below: The family will be notified of your donation and it will also be listed in our quarterly bulletin "Connections."


Emily & Zander Stern who are the recipients of the Giraffe Award, Grades K-2, for their project EZ Lemonade Stand, created a lemonade stand over this past summer. They built it from scratch with their dad and painted signs to place around their neighborhood. Half of the proceeds from their lemonade sale was donated to the foundation called "A BroaderWay." This foundation helps to send needy children to summer camp who otherwise could not afford to go. Please click here to make a donation to The Community Synagogue in their honor.


Max Roth,  is the recipient of the Giraffe Award, Grades 3-5, for his project raising funds to help find a cure for a neurological disorder, FOXG1. Max decided he wanted to make necklaces after meeting his friend’s sister who has a neurological disorder name FOXG1. This little girl touched Max from the second they met and after months of beading, packaging and personally delivering each and every necklace, he raised over $1,000 dollars.




Tyler Fazzari is the recipient of the Giraffe Award, Grades 6-8, for his project This was started to inspire people to give back on their birthdays instead of receiving gifts. When Tyler was eight years old, Hurricane Sandy tore through Long Island, flooding his grandparents' home and causing so much devastation. He wanted to do something to help as his own birthday was quickly approaching. Tyler realized how lucky he was that he didn’t need anything, but so many people did! He told his parents instead of Birthday gifts, he wanted friends and family to donate money to help the kids affected by the storm. And that is when “BirthdayBack.” was born.


Madison Ernst, Ryan Siegel & Ben Floch are the recipients of the Giraffe Award, Grades 9-12, for their volunteer work in the EFSHAR class. These three young people volunteer in this special needs class every Thursday evening. They converse, encourage and act as role models for other teens who are on the autism spectrum. They are truly an asset to the community and to this class.