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Greater MetroWest Young Leaders to Be Honored at Celebration at Montclair Art Museum

February 19, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Mariela Dybner of Maplewood and Mark Glajchen of Livingston will be honored as the 2012 Julius and Bessie Cohn Young Leadership award winners at the fun and social Young Leadership Celebration, on Tuesday, March 19, at the Montclair Art Museum, 3 S. Mountain Ave., Montclair.

The event, which will begin at 7:15 p.m., will include elegant desserts, cocktails, and open galleries. The evening is being sponsored by the Young Leadership Division (YLD) and Young Women’s Campaign of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. David Feuerstein of Hillside and Stacy Merkel of Short Hills are Young Leadership Celebration chairs.

The mother of five children, in her day job Dybner is an executive compensation and employee benefits lawyer at Bryant Rabbino in New York City.

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A dedicated lay leader, Dybner serves on the board of Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy, where she chairs the Vanguard Campaign. She has served as chair and committee member of several successful events, and was a member of the 2012 Epstein Leadership Development Mission to Israel.

Dybner is equally devoted to her synagogue, Congregation B'nai Israel in Millburn, where she is a member of the Board of Trustees and played an instrumental role in the capital campaign, which raised over $6 million.

Glajchen came to the Greater MetroWest area via Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was born and raised. In his years prior to coming to the U.S., he served as a synagogue trustee at the Linksfield-Senderwood Congregation. He attended his first Federation Super Sunday in 2001, which set him on his path of growing involvement in the Greater MetroWest Jewish community.

Glajchen is a graduate of the 2006 Arthur Borinsky Young Leadership Development program, the same year he was YLD’s liaison to Super Sunday. He served as YLD’s campaign vice chair for two years before joining Federation’s Board of Trustees in 2009. Glajchen also chairs Federation’s Marketing Advisory Committee.

An alumnus of the 2009 Epstein Leadership Development Mission to Israel, Glajchen returned to his Super Sunday roots as co-chair in 2010 and 2011. For the last two years, he has also been a member of the Center for Jewish Connections Committee. In addition to his Federation involvement, Glajchen is a member of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Jewish News, and co-chaired the Readership Expansion project starting in 2010.

Mark and his family are active members of Synagogue of the Suburban Torah Center in Livingston, where he served on the Board of Trustees for six years and was the recipient, with his wife, Fran, of the 2006 Young Leadership Award.

The late Julius H. Cohn (z’l) created the Julius & Bessie Cohn Young Leadership Award in 1956. The annual award provides two young leaders (men and women) who have demonstrated growth and leadership in service to Federation and the MetroWest Jewish community with additional opportunities for leadership development.

The couvert is $40 by February 26; $65 thereafter. Guests will have the opportunity to make their gift to the 2013 UJA Campaign. To RSVP and/or make a tribute in honor of Dybner or Glajchen, visit, email, or contact Dana Lichtenberg at or (973) 929-2936.

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ (Federation) stands at the center of a network of partner agencies dedicated to providing comprehensive social services and meeting the educational, vocational, recreational, and social needs of Jews locally, in Israel, and in 70 countries around the world. Responding to emergency and disaster situations around the world is another important part of the Federation mission.



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