Members and supporters of Congregation Israel of Springfield attended the shul’s annual dinner at the Crystal Plaza last month.
Guests of honor Jennifer and Joel Shulman received the Rabbi Israel E. Turner Memorial award for their contributions to the Orthodox shul. Since becoming members 34 years ago, the Shulmans have dedicated their time and skills to many programs. As architects, they have worked on the design and construction of shul renovations, youth spaces, and the Mikvah Yisroel. The love of their community is shared by their children and many relatives who joined them in making Springfield their home.
Michelle and Eytan Burstein, who received the Young Leadership award, have held many shul leadership roles. Eytan Burstein is co-chair of the adult education committee and mikvah treasurer and Michelle is the mikvah co-president; she is also responsible for organizing Rabbi Marcus’s weekly women’s parsha shiur. The Bursteins have deep roots in Springfield and share their community with four generations of Michelle’s family, the Piraks.
Sheila Hanover, who was honored with the Aishet Chayil award, has volunteered for many shul-wide programs connecting new and longstanding community members. Most recently, she spearheaded programs through her tenure as president of the sisterhood.
In recognition of his daily presence at CIS minyans, contributions to the shul’s health committee, participation in the Semichas Chaver program, and co-editor of the Yizkor book, Victor Dishy was honored with the Edward Konigsberg memorial award.
Zevi Nusbaum earned the Joseph Tammam memorial youth community service scholarship award for being a minyan attendee, chazzan for the early Shabbos minyan, and a youth group leader for CIS children.
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