2018 CBT Journal Honorees

Sy Fruchter & Jerry Lutzker


Sy Fruchter

Sy was born in 1925 on the lower east side of Manhattan. He graduated high school at the age of 16 and went to work. Although he always dreamed of going to NYU, the $12 a credit fee was more than he or his family could afford.

He wanted to major in Physical Education and become a teacher. At the age of 18, he was finally able to realize his dream and started college. Uncle Sam got in the way and he was inducted into the army. He served in Europe and was part of the second infantry division that marched into Normandy.

Sy was awarded the Purple Heart and five battle stars. When the war ended he came home to complete his education. Sy never became a physical Ed teacher, but did teach elementary school. He went on to become an assistant principal, principal and finally deputy superintendent of schools in Queens. Upon retirement, Sy worked in his son-in-law's business at Island Recreation Pool stores.

He married Harriet, Z”L, in 1946 and in 1958 moved to Farmingdale and joined the Farmingdale Jewish Center (FJC). Belonging to a Synagogue was very important to them. They wanted their children, Marsha and Len to have a Jewish education. It didn't take him long to get involved. He became a member of the Ritual Committee and was soon elected to the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Education Committee, where he organized curriculum and teacher selection. At some point his professional life did not allow him the time to actively participate in the Synagogue.

In 1991 he retired and once again became a member of the Board. In 1996 he was elected a Vice President and 1997 he began a five year term as President. For the first time in years the FJC was able to meet all of its fiscal obligations. In 2007 FJC consolidated with the Wantagh Jewish Center (WJC) and Sy immediately became involved. He chaired the Friday Shabbat dinners, served on the fund raising committee and many other committees.

Sy was married to Harriet, Z"L, for 51 years until she succumbed to cancer.

Sy and Helene met at the Farmingdale Jewish Center. She was very involved in the Synagogue, especially in Sisterhood. At the 1997 Journal dinner they were seated together. He asked her to dance and they say "the rest is history".

Helene's two sons together with Sy’s children have given them nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Sy looks forward to continued involvement at Congregation Beth Tikvah. He is deeply grateful for this wonderful honor. Congratulations to my co­honoree Jerry Lutzker.
Jerry Lutzker

Jerry joined the Wantagh Jewish Center with his wife Arline, Z”L, and sons Robert and Victor, Z”L, in 1971. Their daughter, Tama, was born the following year.

As time went on he and his wife became active and were busy in a number of activities. They chaired the Kol Nidre Appeal, The Yizkor Book, the Israel Bond Drive and Journal Celebration.

In 1984, they received the President’s Award and in 1991 they were the Journal Honorees. Jerry was a member of the Board of Trustees at the Wantagh Jewish Center since 1983 and at Congregation Beth Tikvah until this past year.

Jerry has been active with the High Holiday Ushering, High Holiday Aliyahs, and was a member of the Wantagh Jewish Center Minyonaires. He has also dedicated many years helping to collect for Hatzilu. He has served as Co-Vice President for Fundraising and in 2004 he was the recipient of the President’s Award. He is also a member of the Men’s Club Board.

Jerry has been a “One Man Catering Committee” for many years and also serves as the chairman of the Oneg, Kiddush and Catering Committees. His main love is to take care of ordering and buying all the food, cake, soda, and of course, herring and fish for the Shabbat Onegs and Kiddishes.

Jerry served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1957 to 1959.

For 54 years Jerry has been the owner and President of Fire Prevention Products Corp., a company that deals with all types of fire prevention devices.

He is also the proud grandfather of five grandchildren, Kelly, David and Daniel, who live in Las Vegas, and Max and Jacob who live here in Oceanside. He recently suffered a great tragedy when his son victor passed away in December.
Jerry is deeply honored to share this celebration with Sy. He hopes to share many more years with Congregation Beth Tikvah and watch it become an even more successful congregation. Congratulations to my co-honoree Sy Fruchter.

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