An Evening with Schoke JFS

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An Evening with Schoke JFS
38th Annual Mitzvah Awards
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Crowne Plaza Stamford Hotel
2701 Summer Street

38th Annual Mitzvah Award Recipients
The Beldotti Family

11th Annual Young Leadership Award Recipient
Mark Frank

Program Information

5:30 PM • Cocktails
6:30 PM • Dinner, Award Presentation & Live Auction
8:00 PM • Performance


The Beldotti Family

James, Michael, Chris, Lisa, Amy, Jim, Mike Jr., Tina, Lucas, Zack, Maxwell, and Grace

Life-long residents of Stamford, the Beldotti family, owners of Beldotti bakery, are household names across the community. Today, three generations of Beldottis have contributed to the growth of the bakery with brothers Michael and Chris successfully leading the business that began when Michael and his father James purchased DeLite bakery, over thirty years ago.

The only family-owned Kosher bakery in Stamford, the Beldotti Family has supported organizations throughout Stamford, both within the Jewish community and beyond. Synagogues, soup kitchens, youth athletic leagues, and public schools benefit from Beldotti Family contributions every day. Each October, the bakery runs a breast cancer awareness bake sale to benefit the Bennett Cancer Center.

Schoke JFS clients have benefited from Beldotti donations for three decades and the family employed newly arrived clients of Schoke JFS’ Russian Immigrant Absorption Program. The final employee from this initiative recently retired after twenty-five years.

Mark Frank

Mark was born in Charleston, SC and grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where his leadership skills became apparent through his involvement in camp and synagogue activities. In his senior year in high school, Mark was a participant in the March of the Living, a defining experience which enhanced his commitment to Jewish causes. Mark moved to Stamford and in April 2014 he joined Calibre One, a global retained search firm serving the technology industry.

Mark became involved with Schoke JFS and the Jewish community in Stamford through Jewish Twenties and Thirties (JTT) and joined the JTT committee in 2011, where he still serves. Mark joined the Board of Schoke Jewish Family Service in 2015 and was nominated to participate in the Behrend Institute for Leadership in 2017. He married Joanna Frank (née Lowin) on March 7, 2015. In their free time, Mark and Joanna enjoy traveling, having visited five of seven continents. They also love to host friends and family at their home, and visit NYC.

An Evening with Schoke JFS will be a new format in 2017! We’ll still be honoring members of our community with our Mitzvah and Young Leadership Awards at a dinner, followed by an hour of side splitting laughter!

Spend an evening of laughs with Steve Solomon, creator and star of the two-time award winning, long-running Broadway smash hit, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy! Part comedy and part biography, this stand-up performance will leave us all in side-splitting laughter!

“Steve Solomon is Alan King, Billy Crystal, a smidgen of Don Rickles and George Carlin all thrown in.” -Variety

A native of Sheepshead Bay, New York, Steve grew up in a multi-ethnic neighborhood which allowed for the training ground to perfect the characters and impersonations. The show is created from the long playing Broadway hit and will keep you rolling in the aisles. This is a “don’t miss” evening of fun!

To get a taste of Steve’s humor see below!


2017 Corporate Sponsors


Northwestern Mutual
Bev Max
Hanna and Mazer Dental Group
Cohen and Wolf


Callari Cars
Callari Cars
Haebler Capital
Plaza Realty & Management
RBC Wealth Management