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Meet NY’s Ms. Congeniality

Judith Berman competes in

Senior America Pageant  

Judith Berman of Massapequa Park was recently named second runner up and Ms. Congeniality in Ethel Bennett’s annual Ms. New York Senior America Pageant.

“When I turned 60 years old, I knew I wanted to be a part of this great organization. It really helped me to come away from my comfort zone, and to learn so much more about myself and the talent that I didn’t even know I possessed,” said the Italian beauty.

“Participating as a contestant in the 2013 Ms. New York Senior America Pageant has been my best experience in pageantry. I met the most amazing women, and had such a great time. We needed a talent so I took private dancing lessons and performed a lyrical dance to the song ‘Amazing Love,’ accompanied by my three ‘daughters-in-love,’ who sang the song for me,” added a thrilled Berman. “I felt so blessed to have them with me. It was a very special performance. I was so very honored when they announced that I was voted Miss Congeniality by my sister contestants. It really meant so much to me. Then when they announced that I was second runner-up, I was so elated to become part of the Queens Court.”

Berman married her husband Al 37 years ago, and has lived in Massapequa Park for 34 years, where they raised three sons, Billy, Tommy and Bobby. Berman remains overjoyed that her boys are all married to wonderful women that she calls them “my three beautiful daughters-in-love, Jennifer, Kristen, and Lea.” She’s also delighted to have three grandchildren, Samantha, Jacob, and Anthony.

There were definitely some bumps in the road raising three boys, especially with her youngest son. But when he recently wrote a rap song thanking her for everything she’s done, she knew all the extra effort paid off.

Licensed in cosmetology, Berman has worked as an esthetician for Christine Valmy, and was a business manager for Erno Laslo and Shisedo Skin Care and Cosmetic Companies. Part of her career was also spent working as a legal secretary. Now that she and her husband are retired, they “enjoy spending time together with our precious family, and we love to travel,” said Berman.

“My philosophy is to look at life as an exciting adventurous journey with a great purpose to give God glory. Each day is a gift and a great opportunity to show love and kindness to those I come in contact with. I treat people the way I want to be treated. I have embraced life and cherish those that I love. I want to leave a beautiful legacy behind. It’s not where you start. It’s where you finish,” explained Berman, who was raised in Brooklyn’s East New York section.

Ms. Congeniality has shared her upbeat attitude by helping others. She’s volunteered for the Long Island Citizens for Community Values (LICCV), Long Island Teen Challenge, and the weekly women’s support group through her church always lends a helping hand.

According to Berman, “The Ms. Senior America Pageant is the first and foremost pageant to emphasize and give honor to women who reach the ‘Age of Elegance.’ It is a search for the gracious lady who best exemplifies the dignity, maturity, and inner beauty of all senior Americans. The Ms. Senior America philosophy is based upon the belief that seniors are the foundation of America and our most valuable treasure. It is upon that knowledge, experience and resources that the younger generation has the opportunity to build a better society.”

“My director, Marleen Schuss is such a beautiful lady inside and out. She became my mentor and coach, and gave me so much support and encouragement,” said the congenial Berman. “The organization goes well beyond the pageant itself. It is a beautiful sisterhood of women getting to know and really caring about each other. It opens up so many great opportunities to live an exciting life and enjoying each part of your Golden Years. It’s not about your age. It’s about your state of mind and your zeal to enjoy each moment and make it count.”

“I was so blessed to meet these beautiful women who are enjoying this wonderful ‘Age of Elegance.’ I highly recommend this pageant to every woman,” encourages Berman, whose positive attitude could keep anyone young. “Never stop hoping, believing, and dreaming…all things are possible.”