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Congregation Israel of Springfield to hold virtual gala

Congregation Israel of Springfield to hold virtual gala

ON SUNDAY, June 14, Congregation Israel of Springfield will host its first-ever Virtual Gala Tribute to honor seven community leaders.

This event replaces the congregation’s annual dinner, which raises funds to cover operating costs and facilitate the religious, educational, and communal programming at Congregation Israel. Rabbi Chaim Marcus is the spiritual leader.

The evening will pay tribute to Guests of Honor Sharon and Avi Borenstein, recipients of the Rabbi Israel E. Turner Memorial Award, in recognition of their service to Congregation Israel. Since their arrival in Springfield over four decades ago, the Borensteins have served in numerous leadership positions; among them, Avi is a former president of the board and Sharon former president of Sisterhood. In addition, they conceptualized a myriad of programs and events that have become long-standing shul traditions.

Josh and Michal Geiger will receive the Young Leadership Award. They came to Springfield to serve as youth directors and have remained community leaders with a focus on chesed and educational programming.

Danielle Pepper will be honored with the Aishet Chayil Award for numerous roles, including past president of Sisterhood and an integral member of the annual dinner and journal committee.

Howard Gluckman will be honored with the Edward Konigsberg Memorial Award in recognition of his years as a dedicated member of Congregation Israel’s daily minyanim and the expertise he lends as the shul’s financial secretary.

Finally, Avi Stern — long-time youth leader, Torah reader, and volunteer sukkah builder — will be honored with the Joseph Tammam Memorial Youth Community Service Scholarship Award.

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