Community members Nancy and Jonathan Littman; Maxine Murnick and her daughters and daughter-in-law, Lee Murnick, Jodi Murnick, and Amy McKeag; and Jay Rice and his son, Brad, are the JCC MetroWest 2022 gala honorees. They will be celebrated on June 7, at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston at 6:30 p.m.
Jonathan and Nancy Littman, who both are from in West Orange and now live in Los Angeles, are the Kochavim honorees.
Jonathan Littman is CEO of Jerry Bruckheimer Television and a television producer. Nancy Littman was on the board for Camp Young Judea Sprout Lake and is on the board at de Toledo High School, a Jewish high school in Los Angeles. The Littmans provided financial support and vision to bring JCC MetroWest’s Jonathan and Nancy Littman Memory Center to reality. More than 150 families have benefitted from the Littmans’ generosity with financial scholarships to attend the Littman Center.
Maxine Murnick, the Women of Valor honoree, was a member of JCC MetroWest’s board, is the immediate past chair of the federation’s Unified Allocations Council, served on the National Woman’s Philanthropy Board, and is on the board of Jewish Federations of North America and of Oheb Shalom in South Orange. She has held lay leader roles in Women’s Philanthropy, including vice president of major gifts, campaign chair, and president. She’s underwritten programs locally and in Israel, including the a library she built and endowed at Kibbutz Erez in memory of her husband, Ted. She also created an endowment for Greater MetroWest’s Rishonim program. Maxine and Ted’s children and their spouses — Lee Murnick, Jay and Jodi Murnick, and Amy and Mark McKeag — all are involved in Jewish community leadership; she also has five grandchildren. Maxine, Amy, Jodi, and Lee are being honored as Women of Valor.
Jay J. Rice and his son, Bradley L. Rice, are the MetroWest Mensches honorees. Jay Rice is the managing partner in the law firm Nagel Rice, LLP, where Bradley is a partner. In addition to his professional achievements, Jay has been actively involved and serves in many philanthropic endeavors, including as president of Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel and of the Jewish Community Housing Corp. and as a member of the executive board of the United Jewish Communities of MetroWest and of the board of the Daughters of Israel. He’s married to Ellen Lewis Rice; they have two children, Bradley and Dara Smith, and three grandchildren. Bradley L. Rice is a member of the JCC MetroWest, has served as the board’s secretary, and is a member of its executive and governance committees. In addition, Bradley is a coach with the Livingston Little League and a member of Maplewood Country Club. He’s married to Stephenie Rice; they have two children.
“It is such an honor to celebrate and pay tribute to our JCC MetroWest stars,” Katy Strulson, JCC MetroWest’s director of community engagement and development, said. “We are fortunate for their leadership and vision.”
For information, go to JCCMetroWest.org/EveningOfStars or call (973) 530-3915.