Nominate an unsung hero for Advisor of the Year
As Wilkes-Barre BBYO’s Chapter Advisor and the former director of the JCC’s Early Childhood Development Center, Sara Pisarz (z”l) made a positive impact on the Jewish community with which she was deeply involved. I’m honored to have been able to work closely with Sara through BBYO. As N’siah, Sara was always there to lift my spirits, praise me when I ran a great program, and inspired me to put my whole heart into everything I put my mind to. Not only was Sara like this with me, however; she was like this with everyone with whom she interacted. From the toddlers at the JCC to her “BBYO teens,” Sara sparked passion, garnered support, and prompted each and every one of us to be better. As if that wasn’t enough, Sara also created a food pantry called Sara’s Table that provides food for those in need which, specifically, has helped hundreds of families in these unprecedented times.
I could not think of anyone more deserving of the title of Advisor of the Year (also known as the David Bittker Unsung Hero Award) than Wilkes-Barre’s very own Sara Pisarz. Sara passed away in January, and her daughter flew to International Convention to accept the award on her behalf. After all Sara had done for others, I’m so glad there was something that we could do for her. Telling Sara she had been nominated for such a title remains one of the top moments of my life. As you read this, I hope YOU have been picturing your “Sara,” whomever that may be. Now: I challenge you to celebrate the incredible mentors and role models in your life and let them know how much they mean to you. You can nominate a fellow advisor for the David Bittker Unsung Hero Award here, through Sunday, December 20.
-Carla Weiss, Teen, Wilkes-Barre BBYO #5350, Liberty Region