Shalom to all:
The Evening of Tribute (Friday, November 18) for Avrille and I was one of the most moving, fraylach, exciting and memoriable evenings that we will always remember with love and appreciation! I am literally unable to find the appropriate words to describe our feelings at this time.
When asked by the committee chairmen, Evan Axelrod and Jeff Glatzer, when the tribute should take place, we immediately responded, "Friday evening," as to us, Shabbat is more than special. Who would have thought that we would have had 450 members of our amazing congregation present for a delicious Shabbat dinner! Adults, young parents, young adults, teens and children. To coin a phrase, we were totally “blown away” by the boisterous crowd. Further, I am absolutely certain that I will never have such a beautiful Shabbat dinner with such a large crowd, and that we elevated this holy day, whereby we were all closer to God. This is called a Kiddush Hashem, and we are so proud of this fact.
We then moved into the sanctuary and more people arrived for services and the official tribute. I want to personally thank our amazing choir for their beautiful songs, with some of the lyrics orchestrated by Mel and Ruth Noble and, of course, Terry Bernstein. Todah to the children of our Religious School for their amazing musical presentation, arranged by Morah Julia, with appreciatin to Bobbi Weinstein, our dedicated Education VP for her time spent with rehearsals. Appreciatin to all of those individuals who presented beautiful and meaningful speeches and to our President, Eric Loring, who sang a beautiful song, which he himself composed. A very special thank you to two of our senior Hay class students, Jack Wynn and Matthew Schwartz, who spoke so magnificently on behalf of all the students in our Religious School! I was emotionally so overwhelmed by their beautiful and sincere words.
I absolutely want to recognize some very special people who worked tirelessly to guarantee the success of this amazing evening: Evan Alexander and Jeff Glatzer, the co-chairmen of the the event, who spent so much time coordinating every detail relating to this special evening, Peggy Axelrod, Terry Bernstein, Alexandra Fingerman, Terry Glatzer, Scott Keiser, Mel and Ruth Noble, Lynne and Mark Slovin, Bobbi Weinstein, Peter Wisotsky, and so many more– Yishar Kochachem to all! I apologize if I missed anybody.
An evening that we, the Nussbaum family, will never forget. Professionally, the evening was the highlight of my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you–