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Barbara and Steve Grossman receiving theSynagogue Council's Tree of Life Menorah from Rabbi Wes Gardenswartz of Temple Emanuel, Newton.
State Treasurer Steve Grossman andProfessor Barbara Wallace Grossman received the Community Service Award for their strategic involvement in synagogue and Jewish life, and social justice. Barbara and Steve's passionate care for Jewish causes, local and national, as well as their focus on education, Holocaust remembrance, the arts and tolerance organizations is well known, as is their family's multi-generational devotion to civic and business endeavors. We are proud to call them Friends of SCM.
Rabbi Toba Spitzer, Dorshei Tzedek, Newton and Rabbi Robert Goldstein, Temple Emanuel, Andover make presentation to Steffi, noting her passion for learning.
Steffi Aronson Karp, Founder, LimmudBoston, received the Klal Israel Award. Referring to herself as a lifelong searcher, Steffi's strong Jewish background and her innate ardent curiosity led her to adult learning. Run by what Steffi calls "volunticipants," the annual program is successful because, as she so elegantly puts it, "The Synagogue Council has done a magnificent job of bringing our Jewish community together. LimmudBoston was just a natural addition to the area's mix." Steffi's ardor for congregational life is appreciated by all at the SCM.
Rabbi Robert Miller installing Arnie Zaff.
The evening marked a change of leadership forthe Synagogue Council. Arnold Zaff was installed as President of the Board of Directors by Rabbi Robert Miller, formerly with Temple Avodah of Newton. Arnie, a retired attorney, who says he'd rather "wrestle with Jewish texts than legal documents," begins his two year term with enthusiasm and the support of board and staff.
Sharon Levinson receives recognition of her service.
We thanked outgoing president Sharon Levinson, the first Orthodox woman to lead the board, with artwork entitled Aishet Chail, A Woman of Valor. Sharon deserves this accolade and so much more for her hard work and involvement. She will remain on the board, as per our charter.
We surprised former president Jesse Hefter with a farewell gift to thank him for his many years of service. Jesse will remain as teacher of the beloved Daf Yomi, our Talmud class, which begins anew this fall, co-sponsored by Temple Emanuel of Newton.
Alan Teperow, Executive Director, focused on the future by noting, emphatically, "Our journey is not complete until anyone who wants to join a synagogue - regardless of financial capacity, marital status or orientation - finds a welcoming presence in our congregations; until all children and adults with special needs and learning styles feel safe and appreciated in our sanctuaries, schools and learning environments; until synagogues confronted with demographic and financial challenges are able to not only survive, but thrive. "
Our Honorees Rock the House!
As Diane Black, one of the evening's co-chairs exclaimed, "Last night's event was really terrific! It was fun, it was entertaining, it was substantive but more importantly, it told the story of your mission with much clarity and passion." Co-chairs were Diane and her husband Chester, Susan and Aron Ain, Roberta and Irwin Chafetz, Amy Klein and Brian Lefsky, Carolyn and Jeffrey Rubin, and Pamela and Peter Weil.
It was a night to remember and we are grateful to all our donors and guests for their generosity!
Photo of honorees, courtesy of Steven Schwartz Photography; all others, courtesy of Larry Sandberg. Click here for more photos.
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