Today is January 25, 2020 -

Mazel Tov!

William G.T. Shedd wrote, “A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”  To change a culture is risky business, with a high potential for failure.  And yet, success is the ultimate reward.

I have the privilege of working with two very special people who were nationally recognized last week for their risk taking and, ultimately, their accomplishments.

Last week at its annual meeting, the Rabbinical Assembly of Conservative Judaism celebrated the 30th anniversary of women’s ordination, honoring the first generation of Conservative women rabbis.  Our very own Rabbi Beverly W. Magidson, Director of Federation’s Chaplaincy Services, was recognized with four of her colleagues, all of whom were ordained at Reform or Reconstructionist seminaries before becoming Conservative rabbis, along with the 18 women who were admitted to the Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical School in 1984.

Mazel tov Rabbi Bev for being recognized as a pioneer for women in the rabbinate!

Also recognized last week was Shelly Z. Shapiro, Federation’s Director of Community Relations and Director of Holocaust Survivors and Friends Education Center, for her role in educating community members about security preparedness and fighting hate.

In his address to the Community Leadership Award honorees, FBI Director James B. Comey said, “When a good citizen, an engaged citizen, sees injustice or suffering around them, they don’t sit idly by, hoping that someone else will take care of the problem.  Instead, a good citizen feels a responsibility, even an obligation, to act — to make a difference however they can, in whatever way, large or small.  We honor you today because … you acted — even though you knew it wouldn’t be easy; even though you knew that sometimes, despite your best efforts, you might fail.”

Mazel tov Shelly for being recognized for the outstanding work that you do to strengthen and protect our community!

Our community is so fortunate to have both of these women.

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