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Please join us on Sunday, March 8 at 9:15 am as we honor Craig Kazin for his many years of dedication and service to Temple Beth El! The Program Committee will take over the kitchen to prepare a delicious hot breakfast. The cost to attend is $10 if paid by Monday, March 2, and $15 after that date. R.S.V.P. with either button below. Contributions in Craig's honor can be made to the Nechamen/Chernick Fund for camp scholarships. Attendees are encouraged to stay for the Annual Meeting which follows at 10:30 am. We hope to see you there!
Craig's association with Temple Beth El stretches back to his grandmother Rose (z"l), who served on the Board of Trustees as the decision to build a new sanctuary on its present site was made in the early 1950s. Cantor Morton Shames officiated at the marriage of Craig's parents, and at Craig's brit milah in 1960. Craig attended the Beth El Religious School and United Hebrew School, and became Bar Mitzvah at TBE. Craig and his wife, Norah, were married in our shul in 1984, and both daughters were named and became Bat Mitzvah here.
Craig began his tenure of service to the congregation in the mid- to late-1990s, first serving as Presidents of the Men's Club. He then became a member of the Ritual Life Committee, a vice president of the shul, and eventually served as its President from 2002-2004. He has led several lay committees, including those that steered and informed the B'nei Mitzvah process, and most recently, he chaired TBE's successful Centennial Celebration during 2013. Craig's smiling face can most often be found greeting people in the sanctuary and ensuring smooth-running services during the Holy Days and B'nei Mitzvah, and other special Shabbatot.
Craig and Norah have two daughters, Lindsay and Molly, and have resided in Wilbraham since 1990. Please join us to honor Craig on March 8!
Join us for our Pre-Pesah Shabbat Dinner on Friday, March 27 at 7:15 pm, following a Musicial Kabbalat Shabbat service which begins at 6:00 pm. The meal will be provided by Catering by Meital, and includes:
The cost for the dinner is $18 per person. R.S.V.P. by Friday, March 20 to the temple office, 733-4149, or online by clicking here. There will be open seating; tables of 8 may be reserved (please provide names of all 8 people with your reservation). Guests are encouraged to bring a bottle of kosher wine to share with their table.
Following the dinner, our Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Rachel Cowan will speak. The topic of her discussion is "The Gifts of Time: A Spiritual Practice for All Ages." We hope to see you there!
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