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Biographies of Our 2019 Dinner Dance Honorees


Judaism and the synagogue have been at the center of Sandy and Jack Bauer’s lives since the day they met. The Bergenfield – Dumont Jewish Center (BDJC), founded in 1927 by a group of people including Sandy’s grandfather, Jacob Cohen, was an important part of their shared history. Sandy’s 2nd cousin, Betty D’ver (also now a JCCP/CBT member), was a friend of Jack’s brother, Howard, and had been trying unsuccessfully to get Sandy and Jack together.   Sandy Tursi, aged 16 and a BBG (B’nai Brith Girls) member and Jack, 18, an AZA (Aleph Zadik Aleph) member, finally met in April 1961 at a dance at the BDJC. That was it!!! From that day forward they did not date anyone else and were married in 1965. Prior to moving back to Bergenfield in 1972, Sandy and Jack lived in apartments in Wallington, Hackensack and Leonia. Read More…
Howard (Howie) and Julie Leopold are thrilled and honored to have been selected as co-honorees, along with Sandy and Jack Bauer, for this year’s dinner dance. To be joined by family and friends this evening makes this a very special event in their lives.
Julie grew up in Spring Valley, N.Y., the youngest of three children.  Like her older sister, Dana, she was a New Year’s baby, but as the first baby born in New York City in 1967, she became known as 1967 Baby New Year, and her story and photographs were in several major newspapers.
Julie graduated from Haverford College in Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in economics, and then earned a master’s from New York University’s Stern School of Business.  She has worked for the past 17 years in the Funds Management department of Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., overseeing the investment of the company’s pension and 401(k) plan assets. Read More …