and their spouses
on the occasion
Jubilee - 50th Anniversary
A "Hallowed NAORRR Tradition" - At the Shabbat Morning Service those who were ordained in 1967 at either the Cincinnati or New York campuses of HUC-JIR were honored along with their spouses/significant others and a widow of one of the members of the 1967 class. They were honored with the 1st Aliyah following which a special Mi Sheberach was invoked upon them and they were then blessed by the entire congregation and received plaques from NAORRR marking their Golden Jubilee. Pictured here are Front row (l.to r). Sam Stahl, Lynn Stahl, Jonathan Brown, Rita Astrachan Gracie Brown, Nancy Eisenstat, Bonnie Yales-Gibson, Yetta Robinson, Jane Perman, Jim Perman, Barbara Zoob. 2nd row (l. to r.), George Astrachan, Michael Eisenstat, Howard Kosovske, Jane Kramer, Bernard Robinson. Back row (l. to r.) Gordon Geller, Elaine Geller, Meryl Goldman, Mark Goldman, Steven Jacobs, Betty Yee, Hank Zoob. Missing from the picture but also present:, Carolyn and Michael Oppenheimer.
Laszlo (Larry) Berkowits chanted the K'dusha as part of the Shabbat Morning Service...
The Shabbat Morning Service was led by Sion David and Mark Goldman. It was inspiring, sacred, warm....
The Haftarah was chanted by Michael Oppenheimer (l.) and the blessings were read by Ann Folb (r.) .
Jim Perman delivered the sermon. The text of his sermon can be found on this website - click the button on "Convention Presentations 2017.
50th Anniversary of Ordination honorees.
Rissa Davids made an impassioned plea for support of Women of Reform Judaism
The Motzi was led by Steven Jacobs.
Rick Jacobs, president of the URJ, brought greetings and shared thoughts.
Michael Eisenstat led the Birkat Hamazon.
Denise Eger, the president of CCAR, greeted the assemblage...
Moti Rotem shared his own experiences in advancing the cause of Reform Judaism in Israel.
Jonah Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and Senior Vice President of the Union for Reform Judaism, served as "Scholar-In-Residence" for the convention, He gave two stirring presentations in his energetic and charismatic style. On Shabbat afternoon he presented "Prophetic Power and Politics: How Reform Jews Can Bring Healing and Justice to Our World." On Sunday morning he led a text-study of "From Bondage to Covenant: The Exodus as the Jewish Master Story of Social Justice."
The 2017 NAORRR "Open Mic Night Club" was filled with Hilarity. Gene Levy emceed the program and many shared their embarrassing moments, their mistakes as rabbis or spouses and much more!!!
Gracie and Jonathan Brown and Norman Patz led the Shacharit service with dignity and warmth...
Jonathan Miller delivered a D'var Torah which was uplifting and challenging...
At the closing Plenary session Ralph Kingsley gave his final report as Treasurer after having served with such dedication in that post for six years... Kol hakavod!!
Irwin Goldenberg gave a full report on the work that NAORRR carries on in cooperation with the CCAR through the Hesed/ Mitzvah.Fund.
A Pre-Banquet Cocktail Party hosted by the Embassy Suites was a perfect beginning to the evening of celebration - the final event of the 2017 convention.
Outgoing and Incoming - Connie Golden, new president of NAORRR, expressed the appreciation of the entire NAORRR family to Richard Klein for his outstanding service as president during 2016.
Jerry Golden, husband of Connie Golden, roasted and toasted the incoming president. He revealed some interesting facts about Connie... His words wee spoken with humor and, especially, with love.
Stephen Fuchs had the honor of installing the new officers and board members and did so exquisitely....
The evening and the convention came to a close with a heart-warming speech by the new president, Connie Golden. L'shanah Ha-ba-ah- b'Boca Raton...
With a VERY full schedule of convention programs there is always time at NAORRR to enjoy leisure and recreation.
NAORRR members enjoyed some wonderful tennis. The weather was comfortable. The courts were great, The competition was.... well let's just say that everyone had a great time!!!
l. to r. Hillel Gamoran, Irene Friedman, Art Abrams, Bart Shallat...
.Sam Stahl was the Baal Kore. He not only read Torah beautifully; he added some insightful commentaries.
Judy and Arnie Task and members of their family led a lovely Havdalah ceremony which prompted everyone to join in a rousing Shavua Tov.