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Israel Bonds to honor congregational leaders with Star of David Award

WESTERN MASS. – Nine long-time congregational leaders will receive the Star of David Award from Development Corporation for Israel/Israel Bonds at the annual Western Massachusetts Community Event on Tuesday, June 9 at 6 p.m., at Chez Josef in Agawam.

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Gil Tamary

The Star of David Award is given in recognition of those who, in the spirit of King David, have demonstrated devotion to the land and people of Israel, true leadership and generosity. Honorees for this year, announced by co-chairs Sharon Cohen and Joan and Michael Rosner, are Leah Finch and Christine Young of Congregation B’nai Israel in Northampton; Nicole and Joseph Illouz of Congregation B’nai Torah in Longmeadow; Bunny Haberman of Congregation Rodphey Sholom in Holyoke; Joanne Saltman of Congregation Sons of Zion in Holyoke; Neta Bolozky of the Jewish Community of Amherst; Laurie Weinberg of Sinai Temple in Springfield; and Rabbi Amy Wallk Katz of Temple Beth El in Springfield.

The special guest speaker for the event is Gil Tamary, the Washington bureau chief for Israel’s Channel 10 News. In 2006, Tamary made media history when he trapped Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad into answering a question he posed at a United Nations press conference. That was the only time the Iranian leader, who does not recognize Israel’s right to exist, has ever spoken to an Israeli journalist.

Cost for the dinner is $65/person. Dietary laws will be observed. For reservations or more information, contact Barbara Starr, Registered Representative, at (860) 656- 2110 or email barbara.starr@israelbonds.com.

Israel Bonds to honor Shribers with Unity Award

CENTRAL MASS. – The Development Corporation for Israel/Israel Bonds will honor three community leaders at its Central Massachusetts Community Reception on Thursday, June 4 at 6 p.m. at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester.

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Edward Turzanski

At the dinner, Israel Bonds will honor Allan and Judy Shriber with its prestigious Israel Unity Award. Youth Leadership Honoree Benjamin Ushman will receive the Star of David Award.

The guest speaker for the evening will be Edward Turzanski, senior fellow with the Center for Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

Allan Shriber has served as president, treasurer and chair of several committees of Temple Emanuel, as treasurer for Jewish Healthcare Center, Jewish Family Service, the Worcester JCC, and is a board member and chair of the finance committee of Temple Emanuel Sinai. He is also currently treasurer of the Jewish Federation of Central Mass.

Judy Shriber has served on many community boards, including Temple Emanuel, Jewish Family Service, Jewish Healthcare Center, Eisenberg Assisted Living, Hadassah and the Jewish Federation of Central Mass. She was co-chair of the Torah Trek, the recent dedication and consecration of Temple Emanuel Sinai.

Benjamin Ushman, the son of Wayne and Suzan Ushman, is a junior at Worcester Academy. He attends Worcester Community Hebrew High School, serves as madrich of Pardes Religious School and reads Torah regularly at Shabbat service at Congregation Beth Israel, where he is religion/education vice president of USY. Last summer he participated in the Genesis Program at Brandeis University, which focused on building a global Jewish community.

Couvert is $36 per person. RSVP by May 22: (857) 243-6327.

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