Corporate Leadership Award

irice.jpgI RIce & Company 
Steven Kuhl /Joseph Dimedio

Steven Kuhl 

Born and raised in the Washington Heights section in northern Manhattan, Steve attended Stuyvesant High School, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin.  After teaching Junior High School in the Bronx for two years, Steve accepted an offer to buy an ownership interest in I. Rice & Co., a small Philadelphia manufacturer of syrup and ice cream toppings that had recently been purchased by relatives. 

Over the years, the company, under Steve's guidance and leadership, expanded its product line and increased sales dramatically. Today, I. Rice is a national recognized company in the dessert industry that  manufactures Italian Ice Bases, Fountain and Specialty Syrups, Ice Cream Toppings, Ice Cream Ingredients, and Pie Fillings. 

Steve and the love of his life for almost 40 years, Judie, currently reside in Florida but come back to the Jersey shore for the Summer. They have two married daughters, Alise and Johanna, and four grandchildren. Johanna's husband, Joe DiMedio is the COO of I. Rice and runs the company on a day to day basis.  In addition to his company's involvement in the Chabad Lubavitch of Bucks County/Friendship Circle of Bucks County, I. Rice has supported and been involved with charities such as Camp Simcha, Golden Slipper, Alex’s Lemonade, and the annual I. Rice Golfing for Good Tournament. Last year, the 9th annual golf tournament raised over $100,000.00 for the ARC of Atlantic County, an organization that works with individuals with disabilities.

  Joe Dimedio 

Joseph DiMedio was born and raised in Cherry Hill, NJ. He went to the University of Michigan where he studied and earned his degree in business from the the #1 ranked program in the country.  After living in New York City for a year working on Wall Street, Joe decided to go to law school. He earned a scholarship and graduated from Temple Law.  After graduating law school, Joe began to work at his father in law's food manufacturing company, I Rice & Co.  12 years later, he successfully runs the business with his father in law, whom he loves to work with and whom he considers a dear friend. 

Joe is a loving husband to his wife Johanna and an incredible father to his two young children, Juliana and Jagger. Besides his family, Joe is passionate about Philadelphia sports (especially the Eagles), music, attending sports games and live music concerts, and traveling with his family.  He is involved in several charities and does pro bono law for family, friends, and fellow employees. 

Community Leadership Award

donna.jpgDonna Segal 

Donna Segal, from Richboro, PA, immigrated to America in 1989 from Latvia with her mom, grandmother and an older brother. She holds a BS in computer science and works as Technical Project Manager. She is married Gary Segal and has 3 children, Claire 16, Mikael 9 and Elan 7.

Donna became involved with Lubavitch of Bucks County in 2008 and has always been involved and willing to help with so many projects. Donna was raised in Ukraine by grandparents who installed strong Jewish values and roots and who, in her words, "made me who I am today."

Donna's involvement with the Jewish community took and big jump when she saw a void that needed to be filled. After a great start to our Cteen program, there was lull. Donna, whose daughter Claire became a participant of the program, did not want to see this program falter. She volunteered to take over the reigns of leadership of the program and not only kept it going; she moved it forward with full force to grow exponentially. Donna's volunteering extends beyond Bucks Count with her involvement at with JRA where she brings over 30 people to participate each month.  Donna has also spearheaded Bucks County Challah Bakes that drew over 300 people over 2 years.

Donna’s volunteering spirit overflows to her children who alongside her are always there volunteering with help and spearheading with new ideas. 

Future Leadership Award

Emily-head-shot.jpgEmily Silverman 

Emily Silverman just completed her Freshman year at Tulane University where she is studying history and political science. She attended Council Rock North High School. While in middle school, Emily and Hallie were introduced to the Friendship Circle. They stayed involved with Friendship Circle until they graduated high school. Emily has continued her passion for helping children at Tulane by participating in various community service activities. 


Guillermo PernotHalLIe Newman

Hallie Newman just completed her Freshman year at Penn State University. She attended Council Rock North High School. While in middle school, Hallie and Emily were introduced to the Friendship Circle. They stayed involved with Friendship Circle until they graduated high school. Hallie has committed herself to helping children through numerous community service activities, her favorite being THON at Penn State.