Touro Synagogue’s L’Chayim Award is given every other year to a person or persons who have demonstrated support and a long-standing deep commitment to the Congregation. On December 1, 2018, Touro Synagogue presented the prestigious L’Chayim Award to Joyce Pulitzer, who served as the first female President of the synagogue. The program began with a reception at the synagogue, followed with a benefit dinner and presentation.

The Jacobs Social Hall and Grant Meyer Garden Pavilion were transformed into an elegant atmosphere for the evening, accented by teal and green décor. Vases of various sizes and shapes adorned the tables, some containing greenery from New Orleans gardens. Adding to the ambiance were glowing lanterns, which were suspended above the tables.

Music during the cocktail time and dinner was provided by the sounds of the Carl Leblanc Trio. Joel Catering provided passed hors d ‘oeuvres, which were followed by a seated dinner and dessert. Remarks were made by Rabbi Alexis Berk, synagogue President Teri Hunter, Rickie Nutik and Saundra Levy. Joyce was presented with an engraved hand-crafted Kiddush cup created by New Orleans Glassworks. Cantor Kevin Margolius and Rabbi Todd Silverman also participated in the program.

Some of Joyce’s activities have included serving as a Board Member and Past President of Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses; Board Member and Past President of Jewish Endowment Foundation; Women of the Storm; past Chair of the Anti-Defamation League; Board Member of the SPCA; and many other positions of leadership on community boards. She has previously received the Torch of Liberty Award from the Anti-Defamation League and Outstanding Citizen award from the Family Service of Greater New Orleans. Joyce was a contributing playwriter for Cherries Jubilee, winner of the Big Easy Best New Play 1999, and a writer and producer of the play Life, Liberty, and Social Security.

Event at a Glance

What: “L’Chayim Award,” benefiting Touro Synagogue
When: Saturday, December 1, 2018
Where: Touro Synagogue

Philanthropic Fun: An Extraordinary Life

Rickie Nutik, Congragation President Teri Hunter and Sandy Levy

Philanthropic Fun: An Extraordinary Life

Rabbi Todd Silverman, Executive Director Kerry Tapia, Rabbi Alexis Berk and Cantor Kevin Margolius