NAORRR  
GATHERS IN



BOCA RATON
FLORIDA

FOR ITS
35th ANNUAL CONVENTION


Volunteers welcomed convention attendees at the registration desk where they handed out "goodie bags", program booklets and, most importantly, a welcoming smile!!!
It takes a lot to make a convention work. NAORRR's Executive Vice-Presidents - Beth and Frank Waldorf - worked all year to make the 2018 convention superb. And they were joined by Connie Golden. NAORRR president for 2017.
While everyone was getting settled the NAORRR board held its convention meeting. Connie Golden chaired the meeting and the board heard reports by Steve Foster, program chairperson. 
THE 35TH ANNUAL CONVENTION OF NAORRR BEGINS... AFTER A DELIGHTFUL RECEPTION MARKED BY LOTS OF HUGGING AND SHMOOZING WE GATHERED FOR A  'WELCOMING DINNER'. THIS WAS A DEPARTURE FROM CONVENTION FORMATS OF PRIOR YEARS WHERE PEOPLE, TIRED FROM THEIR TRAVELS, HAD TO GO OUT TO EAT. THE "WELCOME DINNER" WAS A PERFECT BEGINNING OF A PERFECT CONVENTION!!!
Connie Golden, president, opened the convention.with a warm and loving greeting...
Beth and Frank Waldorf welcomed everyone and shared important information on how to enjoy the convention, where and when to get breakfast and lots of other useful information.
XXX led the Motzi to begin the delicious buffet dinner.
A rabbi-cantor duo - Henry and Gail Karp - led Birkat Hamazon.
While a severe snow-storm prevented CCAR CEO Steve Fox from getting to Florida from New York, the wonders of modern technology were put to use as he "skyped" his welcome and described many of the new initiatives of the CCAR.
Dan Levin, senior rabbi of Temple Beth El of Boca Raton, welcomed NAORRR to Boca Raton and delivered a particularly moving tribute to Merle Singer, his predecessor as senior rabbi of Temple Beth El. Dan saw the energy and enthusiasm of NAORRR and shared his desire to retire and be part of NAORRR.
Bob Orkand introduced the featured entertainer of the evening - NAORRR member and noited stand-up comideian - BOB ALPER
BOB ALPER regaled everyone with his great stories. A perfect way to begin the 35th annual NAORRR convention.
Steve Foster, program chair, gave an overview of the convention program.
THE FIRST FULL-DAY OF NAORRR 2018 - IT BEGINS WITH A LOVELY SHACHARIT SERVICE FOLLOWED BY AN ADDRESS BY FORMER US SENATOR AND SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, KEN SALAZAR OF COLORADO.
Shacharit was led by Jean and Jon Haddon.
Howard Kosovske shared a brilliant D'var Torah.
Joyce Foster introduced the speaker, Ken Salazar. She shared her long-standing relationship with Salazar during her years as a membver of the Denver City Coiuncl and as a State Senator in Colorado.
THE HON. KEN SALAZAR, former United States Senator from Colorado and Secretary of the Interior in President Obama's cabinet, gave a stirring address on the current political climate along ith sharing his own background.
Salazar's address was followed by breakout sessions led by Peter Kasdan, Seth Bernstein, Henry Karp, Peter Knobel. These breakouts elicited lots of discussion on the current political situation.
PLENARY SESSION - A TIME FOR REPORTS AND UPDATES
Chuck Kroloff brought NAORRR up to date on some the exciting things happening at HUC-JIR
Ellen Nemhauser reported on some of the concerns and activities of WRN, the Women's Rabbinic Network...
Ralph Kingsley shared "snowbound" Irwin Goldenberg's report. on the various funds of NAORRR and CCAR - Hesed Fund, Mutzvah Fund, Wallach Fund...
DAVID SAPERSTEIN gave a report on the URJ and then went on to share some of his insights on contemporary religious life throughout the world and the current political climate in the United States. His service as US Ambassador of Religious Freedom combined with his many years as director of the Religious Action Center provided him with a perspective that was appreciated all.
ערב שבת - Erev Shabbat was celebrated at NAORRR 2018 with spirit!!! Andrea and Ed Cohn led the blessing of the candles; Steve Garten led Kiddush; Judy Wisnia led the Motzi; Norman Roman and Bennett Miller led Shabbat Z'mirot. .
Adina and Tovia Ben-Chorin led Birkat Hamazon complete with an authentic German tune for Shir Ha-maalot; Aryeh Azriel's "sermon" was a video presentation of the Tri-Faith building of a campus in Omaha; Sheldon Harr and Bennett Miller were joined by two very talented musicians from Temple Kol Ami in leafding an inspiring Erev Shabbat service.
Peter Knobel, a past CCAR President, represented the CCAR in conferring Honorary Membership on the four members of the JUC-JIR Class of 1968 who celebrated their 50 years in the rabbinate. Those honored were Howard Shapiro, Donald Splansky, Ted Falcon and Philip Posner.