Sons of Israel Annual Gala set for Thursday, Mar. 17

Cong. Sons of Israel’s Annual Tribute Dinner will be held at the synagogue in Cherry Hill on Mar. 17 at 6 p.m., at which time the shul will bestow honors on several very special people. The prestigious Community Service Award will be presented to U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross, who represents New Jersey’s First Congressional District. This past August, Rep. Norcross joined a communal rally at Sons of Israel and spoke passionately of his opposition to the proposed nuclear deal with Iran.

This year’s Young Leadership Award will be presented to Rabbi Shalom and Miriam Shapiro. Rabbi Shapiro, who grew up in Cherry Hill and is the son of Dori Shapiro and the late Cantor Jeffrey Shapiro (z”l), serves as assistant rabbi of Sons of Israel. Together with his wife Miriam, they provide outstanding educational and recreational programs for the children and teenagers of the congregation. In addition, they extend warm hospitality to the many new young families who move to Cherry Hill and join the shul.

The N’Shei Chayil Award, Women of Valor, will be given to five special women who represent the leadership of Sons of Israel’s Sisterhood. Sybil Bernstein, Sylvia Levine, Janet Miller, Andrea Rauer, and Leah Zarge work tirelessly, each in her own capacity, using her own special talents, to make the Sisterhood an integral and important arm of the shul. As volunteers, they prepare and sponsor the weekly Kiddush, run the gift shop, and fundraise in many ways to generate much needed revenue for the shul. These women, together with the full Sisterhood membership, are always available to assist with any synagogue function or program, and Cong. Sons of Israel is pleased to honor them with this special award.

For more information call 667-9700.

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