Congregation Israel of Springfield held its 46th gala tribute dinner, honoring seven community leaders, on June 16. This year, the celebration was held in person, in a chandeliered tent at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston. The program included a video that showcased the community’s continued growth amidst the pandemic, introducing new families that recently had moved in, and welcoming the newest shul members who were born during the last year.
The dinner also paid tribute to Diane Osen Covkin and Rick Covkin, the guests of honor, who received the Rabbi Israel E. Turner Memorial award. Rick, the chair of the shul’s religious committee, worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to create a safe environment for the congregation to daven. Diane devotes her writing talents to shul communications and publications; she is the editor of the shul’s Torah Journal Rei’ach HaSadeh.
The evening also honored Marilyn Bielory with the Eishet Chayil award; Debbie and Avi Shteingar were the Young Leadership awardees; Adam Greiss was the Edward Konigsberg Memorial award recipient; and Eva Gidalowitz earned the Joseph Tammam Memorial Youth Community Service Scholarship award.
Congregation Israel of Springfield, under the leadership of Rabbi Chaim Marcus, provides opportunities for community members of all ages to engage in Torah learning, community service, and family-friendly activities.