Commack-based M’Yad L’Yad celebrated its 16th anniversary recently, recognizing honorees Dr. Gerald Thurer, Cantor Sandra Sherry-Pilatsky and Cantor Richard Pilatsky.
Founded in 1998, M’Yad L’Yad, billed as "Long Island's Helping Hands," is a non-profit that aims to serve the disabled, the elderly and others most in need. Volunteers provide assistance beyond the basic necessities to enhance the lives of those across Long Island.
Dr. Gerald Thurer and his wife Diane were integral in the creation of M’Yad L’Yad and their dedication has helped the organization has grown steadily. Thurer is also one of the founders of the Dix Hills Jewish Center and the Suffolk Y JCC.
Cantor Sandra Sherry-Pilatsky has served at Temple Beth El in Huntington for 22 years, holding the distinction of being the first female clergy in Huntington. She is also sharing the vice presidency of M’Yad L’Yad. Cantor Richard Pilatsky is on the clergy team at North Shore Synagogue in Syosset and is a sponsor and board member for M’Yad L’Yad.
Huntington Councilwoman Susan A. Berland was at the anniversary celebration.
“This year’s honorees have done a tremendous amount for the organization and for the community at large,” Berland said.“M’Yad L’Yad helps so many people, does tremendous good and helps make the Town of Huntington the best Town in America to live, work and raise a family,” she added.