Rose Mayo, 93, of Cedarhurst, will be recognized for her volunteer work in support of the Sephardic Temple AMIT chapter at a luncheon and garden party at the synagogue, also in Cedarhurst, on May 17.
Born on the Lower East Side, she was the youngest of nine children. Rose and her husband, Sam, now deceased, were one of the founders of the Unite Sephardim of Brooklyn. “She’s always been helping, no matter what she was doing,” said her son, Isaac Mayo, an educator in the Lawrence School District. “She helped at the temple, she helped with the Sisterhood and she raised four kids.”
Rose had her family and earned college degrees, including a master’s in education and was a teacher in New York City’s public schools for many years. She continues to attended daily minyan and weekly Shabbat services.
AMIT is a New York-based nonprofit that aims to help Israel’s youth realize their potential and to strengthen Israeli society by educating and nurturing children from diverse backgrounds focused on academic excellence, religious values and Zionist ideals. The group serves 34,000 students in 110 schools in 29 cities in Israel.