JOIN TOGETHER IN CELEBRATING THE MAGIC of
STEPHEN WISE FREE SYNAGOGUE at our SPRING BENEFIT
MAY 23, 2021
HONORING MICHAEL PATTERSON with the SHEM TOV AWARD
IN-PERSON or VIRTUALLY
MICHAEL PATTERSON is a devoted member of the Upper West Side Jewish community and is proud to be a Principal at Ernst & Young. Michael served as Stephen Wise Free Synagogue’s president, treasurer and trustee — and it was his financial expertise and his calm stewardship that guided our synagogue through perilous times and set it on a stable course. He and his wife Suzy have been members of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue for 30 years. Their three children attended our Early Childhood Center and Religious School, and two of them became b’nai mitzvah in Israel as part of a Stephen Wise mission. A true believer in the importance of tikkun olam, Michael and his family have participated in hurricane relief efforts in New Orleans and Coney Island, aided refugees in Europe and, over many years, volunteered and supported our Next Step Men’s Shelter. In addition to his dedication to serving EY’s clients, he is most proud of his opportunity to support the career development of the people at EY. Michael and his family embody the best of Jewish values.
a good name stands above all
In Jewish tradition, a shem tov, a good name, stands above all. Stephen Wise Free Synagogue bestows the SHEM TOV AWARD on Michael Patterson for his boundless humanity and in recognition of the gifts of his time and financial support that he has given to this community. His involvement in community service, education and philanthropy enriches our synagogue and his impact extends far and wide.