The tradition at B’nai Torah is the building of our community by volunteering together.
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Louisa Munzer was an educator and a Holocaust survivor who was associated with Congregation B’nai Torah for many years. Many of our children were led through their Bar or Bat Mitzvah preparation by her and were touched by her warmth and strength. In a certain way, all of those children became her children, since she was unable to have any of her own as a result of experiments performed on her in the Nazi concentration camps. Through her teaching and lectures she affected the lives of many in the Greater Boston Jewish community, especially in the MetroWest area.
Louisa was an energetic, caring and joyful woman, who was passionate about sharing her love of Judaism with all people, and children in particular. In spite of all she had been through, she imparted a love of life and a hope for the future in all the thousands of children whose lives she touched. She shared the happy memories of her childhood in pre-war Europe as they related to her students and shared the disturbing memories of the Holocaust in a manner appropriate to the emotional level of her audience. Students who struggled to understand her words, through her accented English, quickly came to love this little woman with her stories, humor and zest for life. She enriched our entire community and helped many to become more in touch with their Jewish heritage.
We honor Louisa’s memory by annually honoring a member or members of our congregation who display the qualities that endeared Louisa to so many - leading by example with her volunteerism in so many aspects of our temple; sharing the joy of living a Jewish life; giving of herself to enhance our synagogue community and mostly, by her commitment to fostering a strong Judaic pride in the children she taught.
Recipients of the award, since its inception in 2000, have been Rita Barnett, Dale Donchin, Phyllis Kaufman, Nancy Levy, Dori Mariasis, Laurie Nee, Leslee Olender, Jay Schwartzberg, Mark Seliber, Amy Siegel, and Matt Siegel.
The Norman and Bobbie Pollack Award was created to recognize a member or members of our community who have provided significant service and leadership to the Congregation.
Norman Pollack was the Congregation’s first President, long-time board member, and led High Holy Day services for many years. His wife Bobbi was our first School Principal. Both Norman and Bobbi gave much to this congregation and were instrumental in leading our temple through the early years. This award is voted on by the present and past presidents of the congregation.
This year, 5776, the award was presented to Randee Fuhrman, Phyllis Kaufman, Meryl Kaye, and Elissa Nystedt for their leadership on the Pulpit Committee as well as on numerous congregational committees and initiatives over many years.
Past winners of the award are: This year, 5776, the award was presented to
5775: Diane Judem for her leadership in helping to establish and grow our innovative Adult Learning program over the past seven years.
5774: Sheldon Golder for his leadership in keeping congregants informed through his weekly e-mail bulletin, for his photography of numerous temple events, and for his long service on the Ritual Committee, and Jane Golder for her leadership as chair of the Membership Committee and as co-chair of the temple's innovative Adult Learning program.
5773: Dale Donchin for his leadership in building community and helping wherever needed through active roles in our Ritual and Membership Committees, Brotherhood, Book Club, and Torah Study, and Nancy Donchin for her leadership in building community as co-chair of Community and Caring, as co-chair of Connections, through Sisterhood, and helping in the office with big projects and small.
5772: Shawna Levine for her leadership in co-chairing our Interfaith Outreach Initiative and Jeff Levine for his leadership in co-chairing the Capital Campaign.
5771: Chip Herzog and Peter Netburn for their leadership in managing the temple's finances during the economic downturn and recession.
5770: Myra Miller for her leadership in keeping our facilities in superb condition.
5769: Peter Goodman for his leadership and devotion to the formation and success of the Congregation’s Brotherhood.