Rinat Yisrael honors community leaders
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Rinat Yisrael honors community leaders

Dr. Howard and Paula Friedman, left, and Amy and Chanan Vogel
Dr. Howard and Paula Friedman, left, and Amy and Chanan Vogel

Congregation Rinat Yisrael will hold its 29th annual dinner on Saturday, January 7, at Congregation Keter Torah in Teaneck. Amy and Chanan Vogel, Nissan Clark and Eli Davidovics, and Paula and Dr. Howard Friedman will be honored.

The evening will include a community siyum on Tanach. The dinner, one of Rinat’s most significant fundraising events, is critical to maintaining the shul’s extensive operations and activities.

Young Leadership awardees Amy and Chanan Vogel have been active members of Rinat for more than 10 years and have been instrumental in building the Rinat community. They regularly host new and prospective members in their home. Ms. Vogel, director of development at Yeshivat Noam, has served as Welcoming Committee chair for 10 years, and Mr. Vogel is on the Teaneck Baseball Organization board, and he coaches. He has been on Rinat’s board as an executive board member, the security committee chair, and the sukkah building coordinator, and he oversaw the renovation of a shul-owned property. He also was the 2015 Rinat Cholent Cook-Off champion.

Nissan Clark and Eli Davidovics will represent Rinat’s Community Security Service volunteers when they receive the Sruli Guttman Service award. Mr. Davidovics, CSS’s co-regional manager for New Jersey, and Mr. Clark, Rinat’s CSS team manager, have been overseeing Rinat’s CSS group for five years. The shul’s volunteers, trained by CSS to function as the community’s eyes and ears, maintain a presence outside the building and in each minyan on Shabbat mornings and play a crucial role in Rinat’s security.

Long-time Rinat members Paula and Dr. Howard Friedman will receive the Keter Shem Tov award. Dr. Friedman, a past president of Ma’ayanot, was Rinat’s board vice president and plays a key role in minyanim and learning opportunities. He co-founded the 7:30 weekday morning minyan, started the Thursday night parsha shiur, and helped expand the offerings in the beit midrash library. He also coordinated scholar-in-residence programs and home minyanim for people in need and serves as gabbai in various minyanim.

For more information, go to www.rinat.org.

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